There are two types of people in the world, people who write notes in their phone and people who write them on paper. I’m the ladder. No matter how hard I try I always seem to lose things in my phone. Needless to say, Erin Condren Notebooks are my favorite and here is a full Erin Condren Notebook Review and break down based on personal experience.
Erin Condren Notebook Review
Erin Condren notebooks are different because similar to the planners, they are completely customizable from the coil or bound style, to the cover, to the paper style inside.
Similar to the planners, the notebooks have very thick paper so you don’t have to worry about bleed through. I love the coiled notebooks for work and the small hardbound journals for on the go notes. (I always keep one in my purse.)
This is your basic note taking style with college ruled lined paper. One thing that makes Erin Condren unique when it comes to classic lined notebooks is each piece as a banner at the top that is perfect for headings and titles but can also be used as decoration when taking lengthy notes.
This is my personal favorite style of notebooks, however, seems to be an unpopular one, so let me defend my self real quick before getting into the details.
Dot grid paper is the best kind for notetaking because you have a blank canvas, whether you like to write and make notes all over the place with arrows as I do, you like to doddle, you need checkboxes, the possibilities are endless!
Ok, back to the Erin Condren dot grid, is a free space is small grey dots perfect for all the reasons listed above.
My next favorite from dot grid is the productivity style. This features college-ruled lines on the left and a bullet list on the right. This is perfect for meetings or school.
I like to take all my notes for meetings in the lines and then add my deliverables or key takeaways in the bullet on the right. This would also be perfect for school to take basic notes on the left and homework assignments or things that may be on the test on the right.
So are you a computer note taker or pen and paper gal? Which style of notebook do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!
Think you might be convincing me to get one of these real soon!
Rebecca Axelson says
This was super helpful! I’ve always thought about Erin Condren planners but I didn’t know how great they were until your product reviews and I started looking into it more!
I usually use my computer but I want to start using notebooks more ! I have always wondered what the dot grid would be used for! Thanks for sharing!
You seriously are such a great role model for those like myself who love to see how others stay organized and what their style is all about. So thank you!
I think I am a digital note girl for quick notes (my friend’s Starbucks order, grocery list etc.), BUT when I’m in classes or a meeting it helps me to have organized, hardcopy notes!
Lauren pusateri says
I definitely should look into trying the grid paper! Good for multi tasking Saturday’s! I don’t have a store near by but I know there is one in Virginia when I visit family! This is definitely a line that requires some input from others and research!
Summer K says
Definitely a paper pen gal myself… always have been! I love the layout of the productivity style… I tried the dot grid method once before (wedding planning life) and just couldnt get into it.
Love this post! I’ve only ever ordered a planner from EC but I’ll definitely be interested in the notebooks!!! Thanks for the info!
These planners are so adorable and the add ins are SO cute!!!
I’m totally “old school”! Pen & paper are such an easy way to go when it comes to planning everything out!
100% Pen and Paper Gal. Huge fan of the productivity layout!
You definitely have me convinced to try this brand. I think I will start with a planner. The price is a little steep but it seems to be worth it.
OMGi love your earrings and this post is amazing!! I am totally a pen and paper kind of girl!
Katie Cauthen says
I’ve always been a pen & paper kinda gal. I can’t get into digital calendars–it doesn’t feel right or official until it’s written down. Love that others still feel the same!
Kendall Larson says
I would love to have an EC planner!
Jamie Montegna says
So many reasons to want this!! Also those notebooks are giving me life the asthetic is exactly my style!! ?????
I have to admit, in the first part of thispost…I’m actually both, LOL! I still love pen and paper and make lists, write on post it notes and like to have something tangible in my hand, but I still also track things in the notes app on my phone too. It might be my OCD crossing over with my ADD to make sure that I remember everything ?
I’ve never had one of these notebooks! Going to look into it soon!
Ali Earle says
I would always buy a planner but never use it, but once i got my planner i couldn’t stop using it
Laura Canfield says
That was a great rundown of the planner. The Dot Grid would be my jam for sure!! Mostly the non-bleed through paper would be light years better than the cheapy one I’m working with!
I want it all! Such a good read!
I would have to say I’m torn. I love Pena md paper but sometimes it’s more convenient for me to put thing in my phone. But I love all EC products! Great blog post.
LOVE THESE! I definitely need to get one!
Natalie Ridgway says
I am definitely a paper planner person!I love writing everything down in a super cute planner!
Rachel Chavez says
These seem so beautiful and easy to use! Something I definitely need to get my hands on with my hectic lifestyle (a three year old and baby number 2 coming in april and my job from home!
Katie Dixon says
I’m fascinated by handwritten planner in this digital world. I love the idea of having a planner and look forward to giving it a try
Leesa Morgan says
I am certainly the “write it down” type! I need to turn the page and also need to reference my notes by date almost like an almanac or encyclopedia. Using a planner helps me recall my progress and when I forget and blessings and milestones OR need to recreate a trend, I can go back to the roadmap I created which is super rewarding and ultimately a confidence boost.
Kayla Smith says
I didn’t know there were EC notebooks, and this post was SUPER helpful! I’m for sure going to be looking into these notebooks more. I LOVE the dot grids in notebooks!
Ohhh! I love Erin condren planners but haven’t tried the notebooks! That productivity one looks like something I NEED!! ?
I prefer paper for taking notes and keeping track of things. I’ve been using scrap paper or post-it notes for to-do lists, but now that I know Erin Condren has a notebook with this feature I will be getting one for myself soon!!
Absolutely love the coiled notebooks!