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Review of the Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo

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The Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo is a daily and monthly planner with colorful covers you can personalize and customize. This very popular planner has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

I purchased my planner from Erin Condren at full price, and all of my opinions regarding this product are my own.

How I Use My Planner

As a corporate professional, I use my planner to take notes in meetings, plan my week out, and create task lists each day to make sure I accomplish priority tasks.

As a blogger and Mom, I use my planner to schedule blog posts on the monthly calendar view, plan out weekly tasks, plan activities for the kids, and track reminders (I'm forgetful!)

The Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo works equally well in the boardroom as well as in my home.

kEY fEATURES

The Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo is made with high quality components:

  • Pages – Thick 80# Mohawk Paper
  • Coil – Plated aluminum coil (mine is rose gold)
  • Cover – Sturdy laminate, with many design options

With the spiral-bound Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo, as with all of their planners, you can choose from several customizable covers, color schemes, coil colors, and personalization.

For 2021, I chose the Wildflowers design, and changed the color scheme to teal, with magenta and sage green accents. I was thrilled with the result when it arrived.

Direct link —> Wildflowers Daily Lifeplanner.

Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo PIN
  • Includes:
  • 4 sticker sheets (8 total across two coiled books)
  • 1 Keep it together folder (2 total across two coiled books)
  • Snap-in ruler (2 total across two coiled books)

The Keep It Together Folder has a fold on each side, for double duty storage of loose papers.

Layout Features

  • Mini months
  • Monthly quotes
  • Monthly notes and productivity pages
  • Dated monthly, daily spreads

Layout Details

There are several different types of spreads in the Erin Condren Daily Duo Planner, including a calendar spread, monthly planner, daily planner, and a lined back page dividing each of the months.

Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo
Monthly Calendar Spread
Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo Monly Planning Page
On the left: Lined page; On the right: Monthly planning page
Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo Daily Planning Pages
Daily Planning Pages

Extras

In addition to my planner duo, I also received 4 sticker sheets, a folder in the back, and a snap-in ruler for each planner.

  • 4 sticker sheets (8 total across two coiled books)
  • 1 Keep it together folder (2 total across two coiled books)
  • Snap-in ruler (2 total across two coiled books)

The stickers add another level of joy to using this planner. In fact, I bought extra stickers just because they are so colorful and fun. On the EC website, you can customize your own stickers using your photos.

Other extras are available for purchase. I bought some wet erase markers so I can write on the inside of the cover in the available space. I also ordered a savings tracker, which is also a wet erase laminated page you can use over and over again – it snaps into the coil, like the covers, and easily snaps back out.

Why I chose This Planner

There are a number of great planners on the market, so it wasn't easy choosing one to commit to for the year. There are several reasons I picked Erin Condren.

I chose this planner because of the quality components and paper, recommendations from people I know personally, and the desire for daily planning pages.

I must admit, the ability to customize the colors on the cover sealed the deal. As a creative person, being able to design a cover that is unique to my color choices was an appealing option for me.

When I received my package in the mail, I knew I'd made the right decision. Two huge journals, one for each half of the year. Two gorgeous covers, interchangeable.

Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo Unboxing
Unboxing – Duo planners with snap-on covers.

Last year I used the Hobonichi Techo, a popular Japanese planner, but I didn't care for the thin pages and overall size of the planner. It was too small for my needs.

Cons of the Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo

There are advantages to having a larger planner with thick pages, but there are disadvantages as well. The weight of this planner makes it heavier to carry around than other planners. I can't slip it into a small purse, so I'm lugging around my larger one.

One feature I miss from the Hobonichi Techo are all of the extras, like the “My 100” list, Packing List, Gift Planner, prompts for meal planning, daily quotes, informational pages, and other goodies.

For me, a planner isn't just about writing out my schedule. I also use it to document the events of the year, keep lists of things to remember like movies to watch, books to read, etc. So its nice to have extra pages for doing that.

To fill the gap, I bought an Erin Condren notebook with a cover to match my planner. I'm using the notebook for my extras, and for blog and content creation planning.

Lists I keep for my blog include target keywords, affiliates, blog post ideas by type, future worksheets to create, etc. All of these lists are kept in my notebook. In my planner, I write the topic for each week's blog post on the calendar spread. I also write out plans for social media posts and pins.

The last con for me was the price. The Daily Lifeplanner Duo is not cheap. The starting price is $68, and it goes up from there depending on your customization options.

Compare this to the Hobonichi Techo at $37, another planner of excellent quality, but with a different design. Some users love the thin, beautiful Tomoe River paper used in the Hobonichi. I prefer thicker pages.

Unfortunately, there aren't many daily, dated planners available on the market. You may find one or two options on Amazon in the $25-$35 range, but I can't comment on quality because I haven't used them.

Overall, despite the cons, I'm happy with my choice this year, and will continue to use the Erin Condren Daily Planner Duo for years to come.

Factors to Consider

There's no perfect planner – each one has pros and cons. Its a matter of deciding what your priorities and needs are. Some factors to consider:

  • Size
  • Layout
  • Function
  • Weight and Portability
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Design

The Daily Lifeplanner Duo is a great option for teachers, homeschooling parents, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and others who need to plan out their days and months in detail.

Where to Buy

If you're interested in buying this planner, visit the Erin Condren website and have fun customizing your own Daily Lifeplanner Duo.

If you use my link, I may make a commission on your purchase. Erin Condren is one of the few affiliates I promote because of the superior quality and usefulness of their products. I only promote products I use myself, and would recommend to friends and family.

I hope this review was helpful for you. If you decide to order, post a picture of it in the comments below!

Review of the Erin Condren Daily Lifeplanner Duo

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