PRODUCTIVITY TIPS

Daily, Weekly, Monthly Planning Tips

Planning can help you reduce stress, stay focused, improve organization, and increase productivity. With so many new, game-changing offerings this year, we wanted to highlight our top coiled, softbound, focused, and binder planners and offer you tips for how to use them for daily, weekly, monthly planning, and more. After that, keep reading to see how highly organized people combine different planners to manage busy schedules.

Daily Planning with the Daily LifePlanner™

If you need an everything planner that covers big-picture monthly planning, daily planning, and hourly scheduling, our Daily LifePlanner™ Duo was made for you. This is a coiled 12-month organizer that comes in a set of two portable 6-month books so you can plan every day your way, without having to carry a whole year at once. New to our daily planner collection is the A5 Daily LifePlanner™ Ring Agenda, and our Daily LifePlanner™ Binder is back and better than ever before!

Daily Planning Tips

1. Be consistent.

The key to daily planning is consistency and visibility. At the same time every weekday, set aside 10 minutes to write your daily to-dos and MUST-dos in the checklist section on the right side of each daily spread and set up your daily schedule using the hourly section on the left.

2. Keep big-picture planning top of mind.

The best part about this Daily LifePlanner™ is you can also manage monthly schedules, projects, and take advantage of big-picture planning using the 12 calendar spreads.

3. Use the full range of your planner.

We recommend using the note pages for more than note-taking and expand the functionality of your planner with goal-setting, habit-tracking, bullet-journaling, reflections, and more.

Weekly Planning with LifePlanners & Focused Planners

Our weekly planners are favorites among planner pros and newbies alike because they allow you to organize your daily plans while seeing the entire week at a glance (and also include monthly and yearly spreads). Best-selling weekly planners include the LifePlanner™, the LifePlanner™ Binder, and the Softbound Customizable Focused Planner (launching soon). Here are a few tips to help you win at weekly planning, no matter which weekly planner you choose.

Weekly Planning Tips

1. Start with your monthly spreads.

Kickstart weekly planning by transferring important monthly dates to the two-page calendar spreads.

2. Develop the habit of planning one week ahead.

Take 20 minutes one day a week to reflect on the current week and plan out the following week. Not only can planning ahead make you feel more confident and productive, but taking just 20 minutes to plan each week can help you feel more prepared and less stressed.

3. Schedule time buffers and self-care in your planner.

Leave a little room each day so you can add or adjust items in your schedule. And be sure to block off time each day for some productivity-boosting self-care like a walk outside, talk with a friend or colleague, a little deep breathing, etc.

Monthly Planning with the Monthly Planner

Budgeting, project planning, event planning, and more, our Monthly Planner is a powerful addition to the LifePlanner™ for every type of project, from personal to professional.

There are so many ways to plan in the Monthly Planner. Here are a few tips for how to make it work for your special projects.

Monthly Planning Tips

1. Use your Monthly Planner for budgeting.

The monthly spreads and note pages are ideal for setting monthly financial goals, tracking bills, saving and spending, and more.

2. Use your Monthly Planner for work projects.

Monthly planners are great for planning work projects, calendaring deadlines, meetings and team schedules, setting professional goals, and logging wins.

3. Use your Monthly Planner for home projects.

You can use this planner as a master planner for your household to coordinate everyone’s schedules, vacation days, appointments, chores, even meal planning, and home renovations all in one place.

Lesson Planning with the Teacher Lesson Planners

Educate, motivate, INSPIRE one lesson at a time with the new 2021 - 2022 Teacher Lesson Planner collection. The ultimate organization tool for teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents is now available in three different styles: a coiled planner (available with colorful or minimal design themes), a flexible and durable three-ring binder, and a lay-flat softbound lesson planner (also available with colorful or minimal designs).

Here are our tips for choosing the best lesson planner that fits your teaching style and classroom organization needs.

Teacher Lesson Planning Tips

1. Fully customize your lesson planner with the coiled option.

For those who are inspired by color, creativity, stickers, and like to refresh the look of their planner, whenever, wherever, you’ll love the coiled lesson planner with interchangeable covers. For those who love the beautiful coiled binding but prefer a professional, neutral look on the outside with a streamlined, minimal interior, the Vegan Leather Focused Teacher Planner is for you.

2. Add and rearrange pages in your lesson planner with the binder option.

For those who want the freedom to add school papers and additional note pages, checklist pages, and rearrange their planner to suit their style, the binder lesson planner was designed with you in mind.

3. Enjoy the sleek, slim, and stylish softbound option.

For those who prefer softbound, ultra-portable planners that lay flat and are lefty-friendly, with either colorful or neutral design options, you’re a Softbound Teacher Lesson Planner all the way!

Discover which Teacher Lesson Planner is right for you!

How to Use Multiple Planners

If you’ve found yourself busier than ever, you’re not alone (it’s definitely a trend)! Many have found organization heaven by exploring different planner combos and using multiple planners to manage multiple projects and goals and separating plans for work, school, home, and more.

We were lucky enough to have a few organization mavens share how they use multiple Erin Condren planners to customize unique planning systems for their busy (and productive!) lives.

Sherri Felix @sherris_plans shares how she stays productive using a multiple-planner system.

I use a LifePlanner™ with a vertical layout for my weekly planning, a Monthly Planner for content planning, and an A5 Softbound Focused Planner for work. Using multiple planners helps me keep all the different areas of my life organized, and I feel more productive by giving each the space it needs. - Sherri Felix @sherris_plans

Monica Howard-Moore, @planningwithmonicas shares how she organizes family, school, and more
using three planners.

I use three planners to organize my family, weekly scheduling, and classroom. I love using my Daily LifePlanner™ Duo for my household daily tasks and keeping my family on track. My weekly LifePlanner™(with a horizontal layout) is ideal for my overall weekly view. My Teacher Lesson Planner is the heart and soul of my classroom. It helps me keep up with lesson plans and activities all in one place. - Monica Howard-Moore, @planningwithmonicas

Nikki J @nikkijplans shares how she uses multiple planners to manage her podcast, work, and personal life.

As a planner and podcaster, I use multiple planners to help me map out my work schedule and personal activities. I use my Daily LifePlanner™ Duo for time-blocking work-related meetings and travel, as well as scheduling podcast recordings. My horizontal LifePlanner™ is great for meal planning and logging daily workouts. Also, I use my vertical Softbound LifePlanner™ as a bird's-eye view for my weekly events and projects. - Nikki J, @nikkijplans

Whatever your planning needs are, there’s an Erin Condren organizer designed to make your life easier. Explore our full collection to find your perfect planner (or planners)!