VIDEO: Planner Organization + Stay Focused Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hi! Today’s post is a little different than most. Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about the planner I use. (I have shown it a few times on Instagram.) So I decided to share a video on it, along with some products I use with it. Also, this post is part of the Stay Focused Blog Hop… with lots of people sharing tips on planner organization.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Almost a year ago, my good friend Kristina Werner starting encouraging me to try the Erin Condren Life Planner. I was very resistant and skeptical… thinking it wouldn’t work for me. (I really wanted to be fully digital!) But in January I finally decided to give it a try. And I am so thankful I did. This planner has been life changer for me. I keep everything here – my work, my family appointments and my to-do list. And it has worked. Big time.

There are a few products that I use with my planner. Please keep in mind that I keep my planner simple, practical, clean, and not-needing-of-a-lot-of-time. There are some adorable planner nerds out there! Me? I just go with what is practical:

There are a few other products I mention in the video. All are linked in the thumbnails below.

By the way, if you use THIS link to purchase an Erin Condren Life Planner, Kristina will get a $10 credit. She has been saving up these credits and giving away big gift certificates on her blog. Fun, huh? I decided to use her link since she is the one who introduced me to the system. Also, I apologize that the video isn’t the best. I had one of those days…


This post is part of the Waffle Flower Stay Focused Blog Hop. The main purpose of the hop is to share tips on using a planner to help us get things done so we can spend more time with our loved ones or just playing. Waffle Flower has just released stamp sets that are great for planners! (You can see them all HERE.)

The next stop on the hop is the awesome blog of Joni Andaya – click HERE. To start at the beginning of the hop, visit the Waffle Flower blog.


Lots of prizes today! I will be giving the Waffle Flower Stay Focused stamp set to one lucky winner who leaves a comment here. Also, there will be one grand prize winner who will receive all 5 of the new Waffle Flower planner sets… with the winner picked from comments left on all the blogs on the hop. For your chance(s), leave a comment here by 11:59pmET on 10/10/14.

I also wanted to announce some giveaway winners. ALL winners have been emailed:


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Waffle Flower (WF), and Amazon (AZ).





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599 thoughts on “VIDEO: Planner Organization + Stay Focused Blog Hop + Giveaways”

  1. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I do however wonder what size the boxes are from the Waffle Flower Stay Focused Stamps. I’m guessing maybe an inch of space to write in?

  2. The planner has a lot of good ideas on being more organized. Love how colorful it is. Thanks for the tips showing how you use your planner.

  3. Love how colorful your planner is! I desperately need to get organized & this looks like a very helpful tool.Thanks for sharing!

  4. I do trust all the concepts you’ve introduced on your post.
    They are really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very
    brief for beginners. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  5. Great idea!! I definitely need those friXion pens.. I heard there are markers too. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  6. Thanks for sharing this great info about your planner. I could stand to be more organized in my life that for sure!

  7. Beautiful planner. I’m more of a book bound person, but someday I may actually need to try an Erin Condren planner. They are so beautiful!

  8. Love the planner, especially since you modified it using that great stamp set. I think I do need to get a planner together. I’m losing it with just me electronic one – last thing I want to do when I get home from work is check my computer’s calendar again, so I always miss personal things! I’ll look into those ons I think. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you for sharing your planner tips. I love your organization tips! Thank you for the chance to win!

  10. I didn’t expect you to use the stamps to make the labels to replace the heading of each box! How Exciting! This does give other ideas on what other labels we can make for our planners. 🙂

  11. I really enjoyed this video. I like how you don’t need many products for your planner for it to look good.

  12. I am Definitely A Planner!
    my friends make fun of me because I pull out my ‘calendar’ to jot down appointments, etc.

    They are all techno Geeks and use their cell phones.

    I like seeing it all right there in front of me—
    a month at a time!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your planner with us. I have added a few things to my shopping cart as a result! The Waffleflower stamps look like they would make a fun, yet useful addition to my moleskine bullet journal.

  14. Thank you so much! I use a Franklin planner still, but you still shared some very, very handy tips to use with planners in general.

  15. I saw your video on youtube the other day and it completely inspired me to use many of your organizational tools (the circles, the format, the erasable pens). THank you for much needed inspiration!

  16. Loved the video and how you were able to transform the planner to what suits your needs with the stamps. Great tips.

  17. Love your simple take on planner entries. I never would have thought to color white stickers with Copic markers, Brilliant!!!

  18. I have an ECLP, but I watched the video because I am obsessed with it and couldn’t wait to see the stamps. Thanks for this awesome blog hop and post!

  19. As always you a full of great ideas! My planner is messy not practical at all. I’m forgetful so I often write a little journal page for each day. The ECLP is on my wish list now. Thank you so much!

  20. i am a 14 year old loved your planner its simple but quite attractive i will also be getting an erin condren and would love to win the stamp set

  21. thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking for a planner and like what you showed. I really think that paper is going to be far more useful than my attempt at electronic.

  22. I too do not like online planners, I need paper, do use the month view a lot.
    The biggest thing is to remember to check it each morning and night.
    Got the pens, love them, white, round stickers not available locally (so far)
    Thanks for the video, perfect timing, I am working hard on organization at the moment, whole house, garage, and calendar.

  23. I keep thinking I don’t need a planner because I have my phone, but I find myself looking for things all the time.

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