The Great Debate: Teacher Planner vs. Life Planner

For the last few years, I've used the Erin Condren Teacher Planner and really really loved it! It's FULL of amazing colors, perfect teacher quotes, and truly everything a teacher needs. So why would I think about ever buying a different planner?

Every single summer, I get crazy excited when my new Teacher Planner arrives and I just know that THIS is going to be the year that I use the whole entire planner like it's meant to be used, but I don't. At the very beginning of the year, I always start out using the amazing lesson planning pages and the perfect checklists, but as the year goes on there are more and more blank pages. It makes me so sad to see all these unused pages in such a pretty planner!

This year I decided to try out the Life Planner instead of the Teacher Planner to see if I liked this version better for MY life. As a wife, mom of two, first grade teacher, teacherprenuer, Stella & Dot stylist, etc. my life is BUSY with a capital B. It never really ends and it's getting harder and harder to keep track of everything going on in our crazy beautiful lives. So I decided that what I really needed is a fancy calendar for LIFE , not a TEACHER planner. I will say that I do have an Organized Teacher Binder that I keep my teacher life in, and I felt like that would truly be enough for my teacher needs!

The Teacher Planner is truly amazing, and I've seen co-workers use it like it should be used and it makes my teacher heart so happy! The pages inside the Teacher Planner are just beautiful! However, these pictures were taken at the END of the school year and most of them are completely blank!

I really loved the monthly calendars and the tabs for each month! I wasn't a HUGE fan of the date dots, though. In previous years you had to write in each number, so having the date dots is a big plus! However, when you mess up on ONE little dot and have to remove them and then fix them, it's not very fun! My monthly calendars definitely got a lot of use each month! These pages got the most action in my planner for sure!

The lesson plan pages really are perfect and everything I would need to plan out my week. However, I have to submit my lesson plans online and although these plans were just a quick sketch of my week, I felt like I was wasting time doing double plans each week. So, you can see all the blank pages  that were never touched! 

So, it just made sense for me to try the Life Planner this year! Of course, I still plan on using my Life Planner to keep track of school events. The great thing about the Life Planner is that I can pack MORE into the weekly calendars. My plan is to have a section dedicated to home, school, and my little side businesses! Now I have to figure out what I want to call each section and order some fun stickers! When my planner arrived, I was happy to see that it had many of the same great features that I LOVED about my Teacher Planner!

I absolutely LOVE the dry erase pages on the front and back covers. Those are PERFECT for to-do lists! The spread at the very front can easily be used as a Year at a Glance, it looks very similar to the Teacher Planner pages! I also love that there are still notes pages. It also has graph paper and plain pages!

With the Life Planner, you are able to choose the layout that you would like throughout your planner- horizontal, vertical, or hourly. I chose vertical so that I could separate the different aspects of my life- home, school, and business! And, do you see the dates are already included! That makes me SO happy!!!

It also includes a monthly calendar view. This was really important to me since I used this so much in my Teacher Planner. I like to see what my month looks like overall. I actually color coded my calendar in my Teacher Planner and plan to continue doing that in my Life Planner!

Whether you choose a Teacher Planner or a Life Planner, both options are fabulous! You can use this link if you want $10 off your first order at Erin Condren! These are pretty pricy planners, so any discount is a good one!  I promise they are worth the money!

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  2. Thanks for posting this, I have gone back and forth a million times on whether I should get the teacher planner. I keep a data notebook with all my student info so I would waste all the checklists in the teacher planner and really like to keep school and personal to do's in one place so I am going to go with the life planner! Thanks again!

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