The Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner vs. The Traditional LifePlanner
I’ve used an Erin Condren LifePlanner for a year now and love it! There’s something about writing my schedule down that helps me remember better than when I type things into my phone. I’m a hardcore planner girl and always have been. My favorite thing about my Erin Condren planner is the personalization. They have tons of ways to make it your own by engraving your name, different sticker packs, pens and so much more. I decided to test out the new Hardbound LifePlanner and compare the old and the new side by side. You may think that they are exactly the same but there’s a few key differences between the two.
The Hardbound LifePlanner is 8”X10” for the vertical layout or 5”X8” for a horizontal layout. The traditional LifePlanner is 7”X9” making it just slightly oversized. Both planners I have are the horizontal layout which I prefer to take notes and mark dates/deadlines. The Hardbound Planner is easier for me to carry around without feeling overly bulky. However, the layout is significantly smaller which I will get into detail next. I love the cover of the Hardbound because my regular LifePlanner began getting scratched within a few weeks. This new version is a lot more durable especially if you bring yours with you no matter where you go like I do.
Like I said before, the layout is significantly smaller on the Hardbound LifePlanner with a small notes section on the side. This made it really hard for me to include more than one date per day so I relied more on my week layout rather than the calendar. My original has a larger layout with additional spaces next to each day for even more notes. If you are a VERY busy person, you may want to stick with the original, but if you don’t have a ton going on, the Hardbound LifePlanner will work perfectly.
This is the biggest difference of all: PRICE! The original is $55-$60 and the HardBound Planner ranges from $25-$30. It’s HALF the price of the original. The only differences I can tell are these:
- There’s no stickers included in the Hardbound LifePlanner
- The original LifePlanner has some additional goal setting pages and coloring pages in the back
There may be other differences, but from the amount of time I’ve been using this new planner, they aren’t noticeable. I’ll update this post if I come across any others. I’ve been loving the Hardbound LifePlanner! It’s a much more affordable option and a great gift idea this time of year. If you’ve always wanted a chance to try out an Erin Condren planner, now is the time. I’ve used many planners over the years and this is the one I always go back to. Let me know if you’ve tried one before and your experience with it. I’d love to hear from you!
Erincondren.com gave me this product to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.