Erin Condren Life Planner as a 3 Year Journal

Last week, erincondren released their 2014/15 Life Planners which you can find here (use my referral link in the sidebar for $10 off your first order 🙂 )

While I wait patiently for my order to arrive, only refreshing the page for a status update every 10 minutes, I thought I’d post about how I’m using one of my Life Planners.

Facebook has taught me there are a myriad of ways you can use a planner; as a to do list, for health and fitness, as a study schedule, for finances, for cleaning or all of these, and some even use it simply to record appointments.

I can’t remember what purpose I had in mind when I ordered my Favourite Things planner but it wasn’t as a 3 Year Journal, that’s just how it ended up.


I saw some people using erincondren notebooks as 5 Year Journals but I thought trying to divide up the pages would be too much hassle. But this now-spare Life Planner seemed perfect.

I write the prompts (which you can find here) on the monthly spread



I’ve washied over the year and the days.

I then use the weekly spread to write my answers



I’ve washied over the morning, day and night sections since these will be for 2014, 2015 and 2016. What I like about this is, in future, I can look at the monthly prompts and answer them before I look at what I wrote the year before. If I used the notebook layout I’d be tempted to be influenced by what I answered previously.

I plan on using the notes pages for reflections at the end of each year.

This journal stays in my bedside drawer and I try to answer the prompts weekly.

My daughter asked whether it would bother me that the days and dates on the weekly pages would be out of sync next year. Great question from an 8 year old. To be honest I don’t think it will because I think the numbers are so prominent I don’t really pay attention to the days. But if it does bother me, I’ll just make or buy some date only stickers and cover the current ones.

I’m thinking about doing some more posts on how I’m using my erincondren products. Let me know if you’d be interested.