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    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    December 25, 2018 Amanda Cross 7 min read
    Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Happy Arkansan possible!

    2019 is rapidly approaching like a freight train. Today, while I am celebrating Christmas with my family, I wanted to pop in and talk about the new year. I am starting to think about the new year, and I have been in full on hustle mode getting ready for it. It's insane how fast 2018 went by, and I am excited to see where 2019 takes me. One thing we should all do is try to get as organized as possible and plan things out. Today, I wanted to share my new planner for 2019 with you and talk about why I love Erin Condren so much!

    Disclaimer: Thanks to Erin Condren for sponsoring today's giveaway. I purchased my own 2019 Erin Condren planner and reached out to them to see if they would sponsor a giveaway. Luckily they are one of the most giving companies I know and agreed to sponsor a giveaway on The Happy Arkansan. This post also contains affiliate links in case you want to support my brand and check out some cute Erin Condren products in the process.

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    1. Start With A Planner That Helps You Get Your Act Together

    I have covered some of the many Erin Condren LifePlanners on this blog before in a post I did with Erin Condren products over the summer. This year it took some effort to find which one I wanted, but I decided to go with the hourly LifePlanner. It's my first time getting this particular layout, but I am so excited. I will like having more control over where the hours in my day are going. I hope this will help me schedule client meetings more effectively and help me understand where my time goes each day.

    What I like about the hourly layout is that it still has plenty of room to write down all your goals and hopes. The to-do list section every week is perfect for making high-level goals, while the hourly time slots are great for getting into the small steps you need to reach your goals.

    I've tried both the vertical and horizontal versions of the LifePlanner over the years. I am excited to try this last layout to see which one truly reigns supreme for my needs as a freelancer.

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    Featured: Oh Joy! Dainty Dabs LifePlanner

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway! How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    2. Personalize Your Planner Using Erin Condren Covers

    One of my favorite parts about having an Erin Condren planner is the fact that I can personalize my planner with one of Erin Condren's many interchangeable covers. I also have a notebook the same size as my Erin Condren planner that I customize with various covers.

    Erin Condren planners are great because the covers allow you to be reenergized by your planner. If one planner cover doesn't make you excited to use your planner, you can always purchase another one. Planner covers run from $8-$13 usually, so they are very affordable. Plus, the covers are high quality, so you will use them for a long time to come!

    I have collected so many covers over my past few years using Erin Condren planners. I encourage you to get at least one additional cover along with your new planner. You can even make your own cover with pictures or upload an original design.

    Also, did I mention you can change the colorway of your planner covers? You can make many planners unique to you just by changing the colorway of the interchangeable covers. I got both me and my sister notebooks a few months ago. When I got our notebooks, I got us both the “Life She Loved,” cover. I got mine in purple and silver, but I got hers in pink and green. While they were both the same cover, they were unique to us and the colors we loved.

    Featured: Llama Lineup Cover and Life She Loved Cover

    3. Get The Perfect Planning Accessories

    Now that you have a planner, you need some planning accessories. I love using some of the many Erin Condren planner accessories available on the website. I have collected so many over the years.

    Planny Pack

    I recently got this beautiful maroon planny pack in an Erin Condren seasonal surprise box this fall. It's so cute on the inside, and it holds a ton of planning supplies like sticker sheets, washi tape, pens, and more. If you want to organize your planning supplies on-the-go, this $20 investment is a great place to start.

    All The Stickers

    I don't use a ton of stickers in my planning process, but it's always great to have a few on hand to inspire you and make planning more fun. There is a ton of space in each planner layout to use stickers. If you want the most value, I encourage getting a sticker book! Erin Condren sticker books are filled with hundreds of adorable stickers. You can also get a sticker sheet that matches your planner cover if you are interested in that. For example, check out these Llama Lineup stickers that match one of my planner covers.


    As I shared earlier, I love Erin Condren notebooks. I have many of Erin Condren's notebooks. Some I journal in, others I make random lists and take notes in.

    I love their coiled notebooks if you are looking for something to take notes and jot down important information in. The coiled notebooks are great because they use the same coils as regular Erin Condren planners, meaning you can use any interchangeable covers you get with them. With coiled notebooks starting at $20, it's a great investment that you can use for a long time!

    I popped the “Serenity Rose Gold Metallic” cover onto my notebook, but I originally bought the “Life She Loved” notebook when I bought it a few months ago.

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    Featured: Serenity Rose Gold Metallic Cover, Maroon Planny Pack, and Sticker Book (Classic Edition 4)

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    4. Make Using Your Planner A Part Of Your Daily Routine

    You don't want to get planner burnout! With the new year ahead, be careful about how you decide to approach planning. We want this to become a part of our daily routine, not something that you are excited about for a few days only to lose interest in at the end of January.

    Instead, take a more calm approach to planning. Make it a part of your weekly routine to plan things out every Sunday. Then, make it a part of your daily routine to keep up with your planner every morning to see what you have going on. You also want to establish the habit of checking your planner before you commit to things, so you don't overbook yourself.

    Ultimately, the goal here is to make your life easier by planning out the most critical parts of your day.

    5. Don't Get Too Upset If Your Plans Take Time

    We all blossom at your own rate. If you see your friends and acquaintances crushing their goals in 2019, be happy! You will get there eventually.

    Also, know that an unmet goal is not always bad! Sometimes we create goals and plans during the new year that don't work out. It's 100% okay. I love a quote from Mark Manson's book “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck” on this. He says, “The truth is I thought I wanted something, but it turns out I didn’t. End of story.” I talked about my love for this quote in a blog I shared in January, if you want to see that.

    It's okay for plans to change, get pushed back, et cetera. As long as you are making progress, no matter how small, you are doing great!

    How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway! How To Plan Your Life In 2019 With Erin Condren + A Giveaway!

    Bonus: Enter The Giveaway!

    You guys. I am SO EXCITED. The team at Erin Condren has graciously provided you all with the opportunity to win $100 to Erin Condren! This is honestly such a fantastic opportunity that will help one of my lucky readers get prepared for the new year. The giveaway starts right now, and it ends at 12 AM CST on New Year's Day. I will contact the winner promptly on New Year's Day so that the Erin Condren team can get you your gift card ASAP. Erin Condren can ship out products pretty quickly, so while you may not get to use the first week or two of your planner, hopefully, you will be planning by mid-January.

    This prize from Erin Condren is incredible because you can get a planner with all the bells and whistles plus a few planning accessories for $100. This will set you up for a fabulous, productive new year! If you still haven't found your planner for 2019, or you want to switch to an Erin Condren planner, this giveaway is for you!

    This giveaway is open internationally, but this gift code will still be for $100. Erin Condren shipping can be somewhat expensive internationally. Readers from the United States don't have to worry about this because U.S. orders over $75 ship free.

    To enter this giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Nothing is mandatory on the widget. It has a variety of entry options for you such as following Erin Condren or The Happy Arkansan on various platforms. If you already follow Erin Condren or me, that's even better! Claim those free entries you have!

    I honestly can't wait to see who wins:

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    What are you looking forward to in 2019?

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  • Charlotte December 25, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Having a planner is an absolute must for me, especially between college, work, and the blog. I absolutely love how customizable Erin Conrad planners are, so I’ll have to try one out for myself!

    Charlotte |

  • Kaci December 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

    In 2019, I’m looking forward to making more progress than ever in my language learning, eating healthier, and being the best mama I can to my two little boys. 🙂 Also, giving more.

  • Julie December 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to new adventures

  • Emmy December 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I am looking forward to putting my happiness first, above everything else. I have had a lot of issues in the past because I don’t do that, and it has had such a negative impact on me. I am ready to start putting my happiness first and ready to start smiling more! ☺️ Thank you so so soooooo very much for the kind, generous, awesome, amazing and incredible opportunity ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I am keeping my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!!!!! Thank you again!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Happy Holidays❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • bn100 December 25, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    more fun

  • Georgeanne December 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to making more progress on all my goals–I have some BIG plans for next year, and after this year and all my progress on things despite a tough year, I can’t wait to see wait I do in 2019. I also have two friends who are getting married in 2019 and I am excited to celebrate! Hopefully 2019 brings me lots of opportunities and travel!

  • Tracie December 25, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    In 2019, I am looking forward to becoming more organized and more travel adventures with my hubby!

  • Kelly December 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

    More goal crushing.

  • Sara Miller December 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    In 2019 I’m looking forward to new opportunities!

  • Megan December 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I love these planners Their layout is amazing.

  • Andacia Kay December 26, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    In 2019, I’m looking forward to moving into my own place and finally being done with orgo!

  • Alyssa December 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I’m most looking forward to getting my adult life together! This year was a whirlwind of travel, graduation, moving, starting a new job, etc. Now I want to get settled and start really killing it at work and in other parts of my life!

  • Jennifer December 26, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I am looking forward to focusing more on self-care and being healthier—both physically & mentally next year!

  • Kayla December 26, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I’m looking forward to a fresh start and graduating with my master’s!

    Kayla |

  • Brittany December 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I love planners so I had to enter. Erin Condren planners are the best. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Katherine Sophia Guajardo December 27, 2018 at 11:17 am

    In 2019 I am looking forward to hopefully taking classes at my local community college to help better myself and my family! I have a 5 month old son and since having him I have been so motivated to be more proactive in creating the life I want for him. I have always believed that you can do and accomplish ANYTHING you want if you have the courage to go out and make it happen! So for 2019 I am determined to go harder and stronger towards every goal I have, regardless of any obstacles in my way!

  • Mooshi December 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I’m most looking forward to new experiences. I’ve been applying for a new job like crazy, so I’m hoping that that will finally work out as well!

  • Kayley December 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I’m feeling optimistic about 2019! I started a new job in November and love it, and I’m excited to become more involved and productive in my work in 2019.

  • Kenya F December 29, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I look forward to a new job hopefully remote, traveling more, and saving a lot of money to buy a home in 2020

  • Amber December 30, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I am looking forward to planning and budgeting better for 2019 so we can save up for a bigger house!

  • Madison December 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I am looking forward to focusing on myself and being more organized!

  • Saundra December 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I am looking forward to getting my home office, library, organized so I can get on with business.

  • Jessica Voss December 30, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I’m looking forward to being more organized in 2019!
    I want to keep working on my blog, and focusing on my college classes!

  • Jackson December 30, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Looking forward to planning!

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    Hey Y’all!
    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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