Paper Planner

I am a paper planner girl through and through.

I have tried using google calendar and outlook to schedule my life. But I just can’t get into it. With a paper planner, on the other hand, I am constantly jotting in little notes, deadlines and schedules. I love it.

My planner from my last year of college when my life was insane:

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So when I heard about the Erin Condren Life Planner I decided I had to have it. But the shipping cost was deterring me. $25 (half the price of the planner) to ship to Canada is ridiculous. It does not cost that much money to ship things here.

Luckily, I was going to be seeing Lisa at the beginning of October for the marathon so I chose to ship to her for a measly $7 and then she brought it up to me!

Let me say, the $60ish this planner cost was 110% worth it. I am in love.

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I’ve quickly been filling up the pages with to-do lists, deadlines, dates and times to remember.


Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes I am taking these photos on Webster’s cat stand. It’s the only place in our tiny little basement suite that has good lighting because it’s right in front of our one window.


Getting whacked in the head with a cats tail is just the price I have to pay to take good photos.

Anyways, back to the planner. It comes with all these nifty little labels that I love to use.

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And even though I have a pretty good memory when it comes to dates and commitments, it doesn’t hurt to remind myself 🙂


In the back of the planner there’s this fabulous little folder and waterproof ziplock baggie to stuff important cards and papers in.

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And finally, it came with these great gift labels! Seriously, how cute are they?



My Review

The only complaint I have about this planner is the ridiculous cost that shipping was to Canada. I know a lot of companies in the States do that and I hate it because I know it’s not that expensive. I sent TWO books to Becky for HALF the price that it cost to ship the planner.

If it hadn’t been for sending it to Lisa I would not have bought this planner because the high shipping cost was not worth it to me.

Other than that, I have no complaints. I really like how user-friendly it is, the fun colours and labels and just the overall format of the planner. I would highly recommend it to anyone that uses a paper planner regularly and I believe (minus the shipping) it was worth the $60ish!


I also got two lovely little 10% off coupons, which I am going to giveaway to two equally lovely readers! The discount code is good for anything in Erin Condren’s store and it’s getting close to Christmas so might as well take advantage, right? Right!


All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me whether you’re a paper planner person or an electronic planner person or a no planner person and WHY?

I will pick two winners next week!

*Giveaway open until Wednesday, November 17 at 9:00 PM PST. I was not given this Erin Condren planner for review, I bought it with my own money and all thoughts/opinions in this blog post are my own*

61 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    I just had an awesome debate with myself if I should leave and comment later since poster #1 never wins giveaways haha. Ended up deciding to post because what if this time it was #1? Awesome.

    Anyway, I am definitely a paper planner kind of girl. I like it better because then no matter where I am I can write things in my planner (meetings etc haha). If I have to be at my computer I’m less likely to use it and I’d rather be writing in a planner than typing on my blackberry in most places. I usually buy a new (cheap) planner at least once sometimes twice a year- it’s kind of a problem of mine.

    Since teaching I don’t use mine as frequently because I also have a planner that I make and put in a binder for my class- and I tend to jot a lot in their- but the planner is still good for social events and whenever I take a class I write everything in there- which I will be doing again in a couple of weeks- yikes.

  2. Megan says:

    I’m definitely more of a paper planner. I’ve tried electronic planning as well, but I love to write things down and then cross them off when I finish! I do use my cell phone calendar, though, for reminders of appointments and when certain assignments are due, that way I’ll never forget! 🙂

  3. abbi says:

    I’m definitely a paper planner person for my own life but everything work related is electronic. I don’t know why that is but it works for me. I love writing things down and crossing them off for some reason!

  4. I am also totally a paper planner person! Right now I am using a Moleskine that has the weekon the left and a lined sheet on the right for To-Dos. I’ve tried to go electronic, but I just can’t! I need to be able to handwrite my appointments and see the whole week at a time. Your new planner looks great!

    • MissAmber says:

      You were the second winner!! Email me ( and I’ll send you the discount code!!

  5. I go back and forth. I started a planner to use for meals/workouts/etc, but I’ve since abandoned it. Now I depend solely on my blackberry for everything.

    But I do miss using a paper planner!

  6. Heather says:

    I am so a paper planner. I love being able to scratch my list off. I tried to use a planner on my Iphone, but there is something about writing that makes it so much better.

  7. Amanda says:

    Paper planner girl, hands down. I think it comes down to the fact that I hate the idea of having to be “hooked up” online to access my schedule. Yes I own an iPhone and I’m constantly in front of a computer, but there is still the odd and bizarre possibility that I could be without a connection for some reason and not have access to the important info I keep in my planner (that being said, I guess its just as likely if not more so, that I could lose a paper planner, but that hasn’t happened yet!) I also feel a stronger sense of permanency when I write a commitment in my planner, its too easy to just hit “delete” in an online planner, and skip going to the gym three days in a row. I also think they are much prettier. I love that and may need to go over to her site and buy one immediately. Thanks for sharing, I love that planner and I may have to run over to her site and get one. I already feel behind since I haven’t gotten a 2011 planner yet.

  8. Amanda says:

    One question Amber. Does it have a spot in each week to make lists or notes? It looks like it in your third picture, but I want to be sure. That is an absolute must for me. Thanks!!

  9. Sally says:

    Hello fellow paper-planner!
    I am one of those girls who cannot live without her planner. I am usually permanently attached to my pink leather filofax, but lately mine’s been looking a little worse for ware. I need my diary so much that despite having been living in Japan and the UK for the last 18 months, I still order all my exact paper re-fills and additions online to be delivered to my Mum in Melbourne, Australia. She then sends it to me wherever I am- just so that I know I am getting the right thing! This means I totally understand the costing of shipping!
    Have you ever seen the movie 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl? She too has a filofax crammed full of sticky notes and invitations. That’s pretty much me!
    I’m also ALL about the stickers and highlighting.
    Anyway, I better get back to planning – I’ve already been on Erin Condren’s website.

  10. erin says:

    i’m a No planner person! seriously – i remember most things… dates stick in my head, times on the other hand, i’ve gotten them mixed up. but I’m also not extremely busy that i don’t have too much to remember. Although at work, behind my desk for the entire team we have a white board calendar that we record when projects/proposals are due. i’m in charge of that, and it has really helped us because now we know what everyone’s working on.

  11. Diana says:

    I am completely a paper organizer kind of girl. A few years ago I had everything on my computer and it crashed. Of course I didn’t have any sort of back-up. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. I realize I could lose the paper organizer with the same outcome but I just feel so much more in control with the paper version.

    I must say $60ish is steep for a planner (for me), but it’s so vibrant it makes me happy just looking at your pictures.

  12. Emily Jane says:

    It’s funny, I prefer EVERYTHING on paper except plans! I am addicted to Google Calendar, and I don’t even have an iPhone or anything that can access it while I’m on the go. I just… sort of started using it, and I can’t use anything else now 🙂 Your planner does look fabulous though and the labels are awfully cute!

  13. I am kind of obsessive about buying planners but then I never end up using them… isn’t that weird? Good thing I never spend much money on them! I have bought 2 this year and I’ve never gone past using it for the first week. I think it’s just because I don’t really make that many plans that I can’t keep track of it all in my head. keeps track of a lot of my social engagements, and same with Facebook events. The rest of my life, dinners with friends, movie nights, etc. are done pretty much the week or even the day I go out, and so there’s usually no conflict or anything I have to “block out” so to speak. The only reason I would want to use a planner is just to remember what I did, because sometimes I’m like, “What did I do this weekend?” and I have to sit and think for a minute before I remember.

    I didn’t even use planners in college – I just kept the syllabus with me and that worked pretty well! I was definitely more into planners when I was in high school though, because we didn’t get a syllabus and I wouldn’t remember my assignments if I didn’t write them down.

    Anyway, I just wanted to give feedback but I DON’T want to participate in the giveaway. I would feel so GUILTY if I won and then didn’t use it when there are clearly some hardcore planner people here. I just wanted to share my thoughts on planners.

  14. Leigh says:

    I am definitely a paper planner. I like being able to have it in front of me and cross it off as I finish the task or the day has passed. I keep track of everything in my planner…from my mortgage payments to car payments to when my period starts/finishes.

    That is crazy that shipping was that much! The other thing that I dislike about some websites is that it doesn’t say anywhere that they don’t ship to Canada so you go to check out and that’s when you find out.

  15. steph anne says:

    I saw her website last year and the cost alone wasn’t convincing enough for me to buy one as much as I wanted one. I’m the same way as you are with planners. I always had one in college and I actually still have them since I like to go back sometimes and read about the things I had planned or did on certain days. I’d love to win & use the discount code! 🙂

  16. I am definitely a paper planner person. I also use Outlook as I like the reminders…. but in general, I like a paper calendar. I always loved the planners I would buy in college/grad school. Esp since they had little stickers for ‘test’ or ‘paper’ or things like that. 🙂 I am a total geek and just love things like that.

    I might have to ask for one of these for Christmas!! 🙂

  17. Nicole says:

    I am a 100% paper planner! My boyfriend even bought me one of those electronic planners but I don’t use it! I have a little planner from coach that fits in my purse perfct but I would LOVE one of those!!! So so so cool!!! It’s right up my alley!!!

  18. Amber says:

    I’m absolutely, 100% all the way paper planner! My planner looks just like yours did your last year of school. And, I’m only taking TWO grad classes right now… what the H is it going to be like when I’m taking FOUR next semester and FIVE the following?! (I’m smiling as I’m writing this, so I’m clearly enjoying the lifestyle! 🙂 )

  19. Lacey Bean says:

    Your planner from college looks just like mine did! I used FiloFax, and was a huge fan of highlighters and post-it notes. 🙂 At work, I use a lot of paper to-do lists, but the husband and I share a Google calendar – it’s the only way he knows when stuff is going on, and we can schedule things for each other so much easier that way!!

  20. Jess says:

    I’m a mix of both. Work assignments are always on my paper planner as well as some of my life assignments because I like the feeling of crossing stuff off. But events, goings-ons etc are in my Google Calendar so that I can get the little reminders sent straight to my inbox.

  21. Conny M says:

    Paper Planner all the way…I have tried the electronic ones but always go back to paper! That planner is pretty though 🙂

  22. LG says:

    Paper for stuff outside of work – I would be lost without my teeny $2.99 planner! (I should really get a REAL leather one this year…maybe even before they go on sale on Jan 1st…stingy much?)

    The only problem is that I have to have a “briefing” with my husband each week so that he knows what’s going on. :0) I’d put a big calendar up at home, but I always want to have it in my purse, so…

  23. I like to pretend Im a paper planner person. I really like having them, but I never use them. Im more of a “write it on my shoe calender” girl. 🙂

    Shipping costs to Canada SUCK. A lot of that is because of the brokerage, at work, we have to pay a minimum of $20 JUST for the brokerage fee on every shipment coming in from the states. Whenever I buy anything online I have it shipped to Blaine. The company I use charges three bucks, and it saves me a FORTUNE!

  24. bec says:

    I am definitely a paper planner girl too, I like being able to see everything and there is just something about writing the details of your life down! I was going to order this planner too but it was just too much for shipping…

  25. Nicole says:

    Oh yeah I’m totally a paper planner person. I was already on her website and am going to order a planner for myself and my sister even if I don’t win the coupon. Thanks for the great review on this product.

    I totally understand your frustration with shipping costs. US companies do the same thing when shipping to Alaska. I seriously believe that a lot of people think Alaska is in Canada 🙂

  26. Amanda says:

    DEFINITELY a paper planner type of girl 🙂 And the more and more you talk about this, the more I want it (even though it’s quite spendy for a planner)! I remember your first post about it, and I’m glad to see you love it!

  27. I’ve never been good with any kind of planner. I even bought a really adorably pug pocket calender thinking that would get me to use it…nope. Oh well.

  28. heather says:

    PAPER! I have had a franklin covey planner since i was in high school…many years ago…i have tried to use a blackberry, pda, and most recently my droid, but nothing makes me feel like i have accomplished something in the day like crossing it off a list that’s written down…i know there is something seriously wrong with me…lol…
    anyway, i just put this planner on my christmas wishlist…i even posted about it…
    happy planning everyone 🙂

  29. I use both! I always have a paper planner on my desk at work that gives me a basic overview of what’s going on. But all of the details go into my google calendar (personal) or Outlook calendar (work) – they sync to my phone so I don’t have to carry the paper planner with me all the time. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to totally do away with the paper one!

  30. Caroline says:

    I’m definitely a paper planner person! I too have attempted using Google calendar and iCalendar and I just can’t do it. I think it’s mainly because I need to have my planner with me at all times or else I feel lost. I’m really excited about this giveaway because when you mentioned these particular planners last time I was on the site for a good ten minutes debating whether to buy one now or wait till later haha

  31. Nora says:

    OMG, I’m such a paper planner person. I love paper planners. I have one right now and I already bought mine for next year 🙂 I highlight, cross out, put in stickers, post-its, the whole gamut. Love the fact that you’re a paper planner person too!

  32. Becky says:

    “Getting whacked in the head with a cats tail is just the price I have to pay to take good photos.”

    I just peed my pants from laughing.

    I’m definitely a paper planner – the hubby and I try to use Google calendar but it’s half-hearted attempts at best. I don’t carry a planner with me, but we have a calendar at home and I have one at work that I make sure match ALL the time. And after three years of marriage the mister is finally starting to write things on it. PROGRESS!

  33. Silvia says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and finally someone who shares my love for paper planners!!! I cannot do outlook, google calendar etc.. I have to have my planner in hands on book form! 🙂

  34. Manderz says:

    I used paper in high school, didn’t really use anything in college, and now I always end up using the calendar on my Blackberry. Although that doesn’t stop me from buying a couple planners a year so I can switch back to paper. My Blackberry works though because I don’t have anything that important to remember – if I need to call the chiropractor’s office to find out when an appointment is, I can.

  35. Carol says:

    You’re way too young to be an old-school paper planner such as myself! After all, I graduated college BEFORE you were born, and that was way before the computer age. A notepad was just that…a pad of paper! An app was something you filled out to try and get a job! And screen savers were the bits of tape you used to cover up the holes the cat’s claws made in said screen…I could go on, but I’ll spare you the rest of my lame “old person” jokes!

    So yes, I am a paper planner, although my lists look nothing like yours. I didn’t get into colour coding or anything like that.

    As for the shipping from the states, I just ordered a race medal display rack from Washington, and the rack, shipping and exchange came to just under $50…considering the rack was $39, I didn’t find the shipping that high. Although part of my halloween costume cost more in shipping than the item itself did! I just really, really, really wanted to be Sue Sylvester and you can’t do that without a blowhorn!

  36. Amanda says:

    I’m paper planner all the way! I carry mine with me in my purse or book bag (at.all.times.) so that I can jot down things as I hear them. I like adding little notes in the margin and I feel so satisfied when I get to cross something off my to-do list. Plus, if I don’t write stuff down immediately upon hearing it, I’ll forget.

    That planner looks super awesome. I’m working with a cheap itty bitty one I got at Target. Definitely not as cute.


  37. I am definitely a paper planner person, with technology, I always forget to open it up, thus forgetting some important appointments, but with a paper planner, it’s right there on your desk, opened to the right page for the week = perfection. However, finding the right paper planner is an insanely difficult task … something I’ve been trying to do for three years now, ever since my last one ran out!

  38. I’m with you, Amber. I am such a paper planner person. I use my outlook calendar for work and my cell calendar occasionally for morning reminders that I need to make it to an early meeting or something, but in general I just enjoy the act of writing something down and going back to that paper planner.

  39. Lauren says:

    Paper planner definitely – I am always making post-its for everything! But I also use stickies app on my laptop to remind me of other things. I just love making lists for everything and crossing things off my list!

  40. rachieannie says:

    I think writing things down helps them become solidified in my brain because I am a total paper planner! I don’t do it nearly often enough, but it helps me sooo much when I write down what is due each week for my classes. Otherwise I just put it off and don’t really think about the big picture.

  41. Kara says:

    I’m SUCH a paper planner! I never seem to remember anything I schedule into my Google Calender, even if I email myself reminders. I love highlighting, underlining and writing myself big huge notes.

    That’s an awesome looking organizer too! The shipping is SO unfair!

  42. Stephany says:

    I had no idea there were so many paper planner people! (Say that 5 times fast!) I have tried electronic planning and it just doesn’t do it for me. I buy a new planner oh, about every 3 months in the hopes I will truly utilize it but I’m pretty bad at remembering to. (Unless I’m in class. And bored.)

    I’ve wanted an Erin Condren planner since you mentioned it because with that price, I would definitely USE the planner and not forget so many important dates! (I seriously call my hair salon every time I know I have an appt coming up because I never remember when it is!)

  43. ME TOOOOOO!!! Omg, I am the biggest stationary FREAK and love the paper planner over the google cal and ical…not the same. Back in the school days I would doodle all over my planners and I still have them!

    I heart stationary….hehe


  44. Erin says:

    This planner is awesome!!! Hello–thank you for another item to add to my Christmas wish list 🙂 I am 100% a paper planner. I cannot get “in” to electronic planning–even though I’m a tech-nerd in so many other aspects. I’m just TOO addicted to writing my events in my planner and drawing little pictures to accompany them 🙂 I must also confess that I have kept every planner I’ve kept since college. I LOVE going back and looking at the *events* that meant so much to me at different points in my life! Of course, if I keep this up I might start fitting into the category of a “HOARDER”—so perhaps I’ll have to eventually convert to electronic planning!

  45. Antonia says:

    Hello, Amber! What an inspiring post! Every year I buy myself a planner, but sadly, I just never use it! Yours looks so organized and perfect, that I think I know what my New Year’s resolution is going to be=)

    Best wishes from Sweden,


  46. shoshanah says:

    I’m not really a planner person. I guess because I don’t do that much so it’s not that hard to keep track of in my head. Although at some point I know my life is going to be busy enough that I’m going to need a planer, I’m just not there yet.

  47. Andrea says:

    PAPER planner for sure! I love having the physical object, to see and write down everything down that I have to do — the best part is crossing things off the list!

  48. Patricia says:

    Paper planner. My current one is from Victoria’s Secret and I love busting out a bright pink agenda during my graduate level math courses.

  49. Jen says:

    I am in LOVE with this post…I immediately went to Erin’s site to see whether I could customize a cover or not…

    I am SUCH a paper planner it’s ridiculous! I have an iphone (dear god, I miss my blackberry….) and I do live by my electronic schedule to remind me to do things at certain times, but I also keep my paper planner on me at all times and use it to see a more “at a glance” view of my life…plus I love doing colours and adding sticky notes and doodles to certain things!!

    On TOP of work life, I am currently trying to balance workouts (which I rarely do if I don’t see it written down), distance learning courses for my HR degree, my home cupcake business (I will update with more!!) and my Spark nights and Girl Guide meetings…not to mention a social life…sometimes I can’t figure it all out or I need to be able to see it all at once to be able to figure out what I can commit to, or fit in, or just a day to look forward to 🙂

    I will most likely order one regardless of whether I win the discount card, but I just had to come on and blabber on about how you just started a new love affair for me!!

    (hope you are doing well!!! xoxo)

  50. I am a paper planner all the way!

  51. Sara says:

    I’ve tried to switch to an electronic planner but I always end up going back to a paper one. I like to write things down and cross them off.

  52. yeah i am so jealous of that planner. i LOVE planners and like you write down everything. and i am such a paper planner. i love it and i love dragging it around with me and i reallly want the erin planner but i am thinking i will wait until the next year to get it because dude it is expensive! but sooo pretty

  53. Naomi says:

    i have always been obsessed with planners since i was a kid. i’ve used them all, created my own and now have a pretty good system using google calendar that syncs with my iphone. but i still find myself carrying notebooks, journals and post-its around. i was so excited to read this post and i LOVE this planner. thank you for sharing!

  54. Ashley says:

    For all I have going on, I actually don’t use a planner of any kind. I’m more of a list person. My work/school schedule is rigid and set, so I always know where I need to be. My assignments I put into a chart separated by week. Larger events I do put in iCal and set reminders. For more daily things, I just write a lot of lists that I throw away quickly. I’ve tried to carry a planner or even just a notebook several times, but I always end up abandoning them.

  55. Actually I’m both, I plan things out on paper, I have to be able to touch and feel it. Then I put it on my google calender, my work calender, plug all my stuff into my To Do list app for Android, and tuck my organizer in my purse. A bit much? When you have a memory like mine..believe me.. you need it lol!

  56. Like you I have tried to become an electronic planner, using Google calender and such, thus to no avail I always return to my trusty on planner and to-do list. I love having a planner, calender, and daily agendas. I have kept my planners from college, they were such a part of my life, almost like a journal. The best part is when I get to flip it to a new week which is semi blank, or a new month full of possibilities and new blank pages. Aww…love. 🙂

  57. Christina says:

    I am exactly the same way- I need to see what I have to do each day, in front of me on paper. Even if I keep a calendar in Outlook at work, I still need to write out what I have to do.

    Something about crossing a task off my list when its done, makes me feel like I’ve accomplished so much!!

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