Blogger Takeover: Planner Folio Organization with Claudia Bach @chicagomomplans

Claudia Bach is the admin of one of the largest, most active and fastest growing planning communities on Facebook, Bullet Journal Junkies, which currently has 145K members.  As a longtime member of the planning community, Claudia has had the honor of being on various design teams and speaking at several planner conferences and events, including Go Wild hosted by Wild for Planners. Claudia lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and 13-year-old daughter Lindsey, who is following in her mom’s footsteps as a planner girl. Claudia can be found on Instagram at instagram.com/chicagomomplans

Hi, planner friends, I’m Claudia Bach! I bought my first Erin Condren LifePlanner™ back in 2014. From that moment forward, my love for the lifestyle brand and its pretty and practical planning products has grown exponentially each year.

I’m the type of girl who loves lots of color, fun patterns and inspirational quotes, which makes all things EC perfect for me. As a busy mom with a busy teenager, my go-to EC planner tools help me keep it all together (and look good while doing so)!

When I found out that Erin Condren was launching Planner Folios, I actually did a happy dance! The PetitePlanner™ Collection launched in recent years has been a game changer for my family and me. It’s become central to our lives and plays a key role in our meal planning, budgeting, and goal setting. I’m so excited that I get to share my On the Go Folio setup with you today.

To begin, I mainly love the EC folio system because you can customize it by selecting the Petite Journals or PetitePlanners that meet YOUR NEEDS. Also, the size of the On the Go Folio is PERFECT for carrying with you, well … on the go! I carry mine in my purse and take it to work with me every day. I’m able to keep my master EC LifePlanner™ at home on my desk and take my planner folio with me for all of my portable planning needs.

The first book I set up in my folio is the PetitePlanner™ Monthly. As I mentioned, I keep my EC LifePlanner™ at home on my desk, since this is where I sit down each week to plan out the upcoming week. So, the Monthly Planner is perfect for carrying in my purse. If I’m at work and need to double check the date of a friend’s birthday or my daughter’s chorus concert, I have all those dates written in my Monthly Planner and can easily look them up. If I’m at the dentist’s office and need to schedule my next visit, I can quickly refer to my Monthly Planner to check my availability. The size of the PetitePlanners really makes them super convenient for taking with you wherever you go!

The second book that I have set up in my folio is the PetitePlanner™ Wellness Log. Earlier this year, I found out I was diabetic. It was a wake-up call for me and made me realize how important it is to take better care of myself and manage my health. I immediately starting using the Wellness Log to track my meals and exercise. I truly feel like having to write these things down keeps me accountable and helps me make better choices.

I also love being able to take my Wellness Log with me to the doctor’s office so that we can talk about my health and how we can optimize my plan for managing diabetes. I have found when I get too busy and get away from using the Wellness Log for a few days, I usually don’t make the best choices and end up not feeling well. So, for me, this particular PetitePlanner™ has been such an important tool for helping me manage my health.

As my appreciation for planning has grown, so has my involvement in the planning community. I was honored when asked to help plan the 2019 Chicago Planner Conference. I have found that keeping a third, dedicated PetitePlanner™ for event planning has been key in helping me stay on top of important tasks and follow-ups. Our team communicates frequently throughout each day, so it’s convenient to use the blank Petite Journal to quickly jot down notes and track follow-ups. I previously had a different notebook dedicated for this purpose but found that it was too bulky to bring with me everywhere, plus I ended up with an assortment of sticky notes all over the place. That’s why having a Petite Journal that fits in my On the Go Folio is just what I need to stay organized!

Finally, the fourth book that I have set up in my folio is the PetitePlanner™ Gratitude Journal. I recently read the book Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis and loved it. When I heard about her #Last90Days Challenge, I immediately jumped in. The basic premise of the challenge is to end the calendar year with a strong finish by focusing on health and by taking time each day to focus on gratitude. My family tries to take time at the dinner table to share what we’re grateful for each night, but I’ve found that I also really enjoy taking time to reflect quietly and write in my Gratitude Journal each week.

The launch of the Erin Condren On the Go Folio has helped me customize a planning solution that fits my schedule and fast-paced planning needs perfectly, and I’m so excited to be using an EC folio system in conjunction with the new 2019 EC LifePlanner™. I really love having a folio that I can take everywhere on the go. I also love that the system can evolve with me as my needs change. For example, when I wrap up the #Last90Days Challenge, I may decide to switch out my Gratitude Journal with a blank Petite Journal that I can use for making bullet lists, or maybe I’ll pick the PetitePlanner™ Goal Setting Journal to set my intentions and track my progress.

The ability to use the On the Go Folio with a variety of EC PetitePlanners and Petite Journals means that anyone can personalize their own folio system to perfectly meet their needs. I will definitely be giving these functional and fashionable organization products as gifts to my friends and family this holiday season!