Although I’m a huge fan of my planner for just daily life, the Erin Condren Life Planner has so many extra features and pages to really step up a planning game. I sat down and thought of 10 unique ways to use your ECLP beyond just the basics. Let’s do this thing.
1. Use the new coloring pages in the back of the planner as trackers. Color in a space for every book you’ve read, every pound lost, or use it to track daily moods with different colors.
2. Use the year at a glance as a mood tracker if you rather just color in your coloring pages like normal. After every day, shade in the corresponding mood and after a full year you’ll have a rainbow of feelings.
3. Use your monthly view as a gratitude journal and write something you’re grateful for every single day. Add in a sticker or two to spice things up.
4. Use some note pages to make a bullet journal within your ECLP. Track movies you’ve watched, books you’ve read, places you want to travel, tv shows you want to watch. The sky’s the limit and there are plenty of pages to track anything you can think of without needing another planner.
5. Use your planner as an actual scrapbook. Planner decorating is more or less just “daily scrapbooking,” so use a coil clip or some glue and put down photos, ticket stubs, and other mementos into your planner. I recommend adding them in little by little so your planner doesn’t get too bulky.
6. Use the note pages as places for self reflection. Write who you are currently on one side and who you hope to become on the other. A big part of self-improvement is being accountable. Writing it down in your planner can definitely help. Try the exercise every few months to see how much you change and grow.
7. Use the yearly plan page as a monthly memories recap. Write down big events that happened each month, add photos, and throw in a sticker or two. By the end of the year you’ll have all the highlights in one place.
8. Use the note page before the monthly spread for a large project you want to complete in a month. Maybe you plan on redoing a bedroom and want to write down everything you need to accomplish. Maybe you have a big project at work. Use the circles for main objectives, the two lists for ideas and tasks, and the bottom section for inspiration.
9. Use the yearly plan page to tackle a year long project. Home improvements aren’t so intense when they’re split up a month at a time. Use this page to plan out when everything will get done and the note pages before the months to break it all down.
10. Use your planner as a baby tracker/baby’s firsts keeper. Use the monthly spread to write something new that happened every day and the weekly pages to track things like breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and daily photos. After a year you’ll have a lovely book of memories.
I’d love to hear if you have any other unique ideas for Erin Condren Life Planner uses beyond just daily planning. Leave your thoughts in the comments!