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Erin Condren Take Note-Review

Posted Mar 18 2013 12:00am

Is it possible that I purchased ANOTHER Erin Condren product? Of course! Do I still use my Life Planner that I bought last summer? Absolutely! Do I still use it and organize it the way I planned ? YES!

So what could I possibly need now?

A Take Note notebook . This is very similar to the Life planners but without tabs and without weekly calendars. Instead, it has a lot of lined and blank pages and 2-page monthly calendars. And for what reason do I need such a notebook?My blog, which is also my little side business.

It all started a few weeks ago when I kept running out of space in my Life Planner to put details and deadlines for blog posts, social media requirements for campaigns, and brainstorms about posts. I realized that it’s time to take my little hobby more seriously if I was going to be part of product campaigns as big as my recent Saucony opportunity. I needed a blog notebook. A business notebook. I needed a designated calendar just for my deadlines with Fitfluential and Glam/Bliss. For some reason that I can’t quite figure out, more people are reading than just my mom Winking smile  and they seem to like what they read. In just a few weeks, I had 5 different campaigns, product and paid, through both Fitfluential and Glam/Bliss. It’s time to get serious and seriously organized.

I wanted it to go with my life planner, which is designed with my blog colors. I chose the same design and just swapped the main and accent colors.

What I love most about Erin Condren is the attention to detail. Each product is hand assembled using humans instead of assembly line robots. And when I got home and saw the trademark box, I got really happy!

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My Life Planner in green. My Take Note notebook in purple.

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No tabs for the calendar in the Take Note. I will put those in myself.

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Blank pages. I used this one for a quick write of potential blog posts using magazine titles.

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Two page calendar spread. Each month has 1 line page before the next month. This is perfect for keeping a list of campaigns and deadlines. After the calendars, the rest of the notebook contains lined pages and a section of blank pages.

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Two page calendar spread for each calendar. I color coded each campaign with pen ink and matching color stickers. The Take Note has pages of stickers, pre-printed and blank.

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The calendars are identical to the Life Planner calendars. I love the “goals” and “to-do” sidebars.

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I love these pens with an unholy obsession.

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Also similar to the Life Planner are the zip pouches, aluminum coil, free matching labels, large pocket, and page divider. So many little extras that make this much more than a dollar store notebook.

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I’ve had this for 1 week and I already love it and use it daily. My Life Planner is still used like an extra assistant. I still plan out my weeks’ activities, appts, workouts, school/work appts, grocery lists, etc. I now keep all my blog info and dates/deadlines in its own space in its own notebook. I have a ton of pages for writing and brainstorming which is what I was missing in the Life Planner. I’m debating on whether to start a new notebook when I start my new Life Planner in August. I detailed my reasons for an academic calendar in previous posts. But I’m thinking that for tax purposes, I need a Jan-Dec business notebook. Honestly, that is great with me because that means I’ll get to shop every 6 months for a new EC product. And when I’m buying from a Made in the USA small business as fantastic as Erin Condren, I don’t mind that one little bit!

**As stated before, this is NOT a paid endorsement from Erin Condren. These are my opinions only. I purchased this product and based my review around my opinions. 

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