Confession: I order an Erin Condren LifePlanner every year, but I don’t necessarily use it as intended. My weekly plan doesn’t usually include a lot of things that need to be done on certain days at certain times. Instead, I very much work from a list of goals I need to accomplish. They don’t often need to be done in any specific order, they just need to be done. And all those stickers and tabs? They are usually still all in the back of the calendar at the end of the year just as they were when the LifePlanner arrived.
When I saw Erin Condren was coming out with a new simplified planner for 2019, I was excited to learn more. Erin Condren was kind enough to send over the new Focused Planner and Focused Notebook for my review.
The Focused Planner
This new planner features a minimalist design. No fancy stickers. No bright colors. No extras. Just you, your goals and your planner. Something I appreciate.
In the front of the planner, you will find a list of holidays and a place to write down important dates for the upcoming year. As you head into the calendar, you will see a two-page spread for each month.
Turn the page to get into what makes this planner different. You will get five two-page weekly spreads for each month. The first page of each spread includes five boxes with space for lists and checklists. I saw a few people on YouTube complaining that there weren’t enough “days” in each spread. But rather than thinking of these five boxes as days, I immediately thought of them as projects.
What’s the project? What tasks need to be completed for each?
The second page is simply a lined page for Notes.
The Focused Planner comes in two sizes (5×8 or 7×9). It also features:
- Options to Personalize and Add Photos Inside the Book
- Stylish Design Elements & Inspirational Quotes
- Stylish Black Coils and Sophisticated Luxe Touches
- Built-in Notches for Easy Section Flipping
The Focused Notebook
I go through several notebooks every year. I keep running lists for everything. One notebook might be designated to YouTube video ideas. When I’m hitting the conference circuit, I usually have a notebook just for writing down those project ideas.
Again, I don’t use a lot of frills. Pen. Paper. List.
My husband is the same. He’s an owner-operator. He keeps a notebook with every load he hauls; the load number, where it went, when it delivered, how much it paid, etc.
The new Focused Notebook would work perfectly for either of our planning/tracking systems. It includes 58 lined, 30 dot grid and 30 blank pages.
This collection also includes a new black leather folio for storing your planner and accessories. It’s available in black and charcoal.
I love that this folio includes a few card slots, accessory pockets and a pen loop. And the leather is a big step up from previous folios I have purchased from Erin Condren. Throw in your planner, a notebook and your smartphone and you’re ready to roll. And the zipper is heavy duty!
(As you can see, I’m a huge Erin Condren fan. I get tons of compliments on those business cards. And that’s a PetitePlanner in there, too.)
I really like this collection. Its sleek design and focus on the task at hand are a really good fit for this household. Just tell me what to do.
I love this design for myself. The simple black and white color scheme of this collection would make it a perfect gift for the men in your life as well!
You can check out the new Focused Collection here. And don’t miss out on the Designer Daily Deals starting December 10.
Are you an Erin Condren fan? Tell me about your favorite product in the comments.