Thing That Should Exist: The Erin Condren Life Planner for Men

As part of my on-going plan to make every other dude in the world look bad, I got my girlfriend an Erin Condren life planner for her birthday.

Then we ordered one for my mom for her birthday. (Shhhhh. We didn’t give it to her yet.)

You know, these planners are pretty slick.

I like being organized.


And the reply.

I thought, “I’m going to call your bluff, lady.”

I sent her my ideas.

And now I’m going to share them with you.


“The Life Planner for Men.”

First of all, it would, of course, involve darker colors and “masculine” fonts.

Nothing chartreuse.

Unless, of course, chartreuse is actually manly.


I have no idea what chartreuse is.


The Erin Condren Life Planner for Men would include:

LISTS (to be filled in):

– Fantasy Football Team. (Which I never play for money, because I feel like I’m one bet away from becoming Elisha Cuthbert in that movie where she plays a teenage gambling addict that always takes a break from studying points spreads to make sure her hair looks perfect.)
– Fantasy Baseball Team
– Important Dates At A Glance
– Important Dates… TO HER At A Glance
– Vehicle Maintenance
– 5 Year Plan
– 10 Year Plan
– “Genius Ideas” (I’d need ten pages for this. Mmmhmm.)


Various quotes by athletes, coaches, rock stars, etc.

For example:

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard
work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish
anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”
– Vince Lombardi

“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”
– Knute Rockne

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept
not trying.”
– Michael Jordan

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne Gretzky

“Treat everyone you meet as a gentleman. ┬áNot because they are, but because you are.”
– Ed Sabol

“I eat like a man.”
– Minka Kelly


Important baseball dates – pitchers and catchers report to spring
training, all-star break, world series begins, etc

Important football dates – the draft, season opens, super bowl, etc.

Important dates in the history of man.- when Sports Illustrated first started publishing their swimsuit issue, when fantasy sports began, when the magic that is satellite TV was invented, the first time cheese was added to a pizza crust.


– Cooking times for grilled meat
– Erin Condren gift ideas for her. (Complete with website listed in
large font, of course.)
– Vehicle maintenance tips
– Home maintenance tips
– “How to survive zombie apocalypse” (Let’s face it, when the zombies inevitably rise up, you don’t want people just winging it. )


– football/baseball stickers to mark game days of favourite teams
– beer bottles
– BBQs
– BIG birthday cake for his significant other (I assume women would
buy these planners for their guys and fill in some of the important
stuff themselves.)
– Anniversary (bright colours so it shows up.)
– Valentine’s day
– musical notes (for concerts)
– regular birthday cakes
– a girl sticker (for important dates for his lady)
– Ryan Gosling (Not really.)


A few varieties. Including:

– all black
– medium close-up of football field, complete with chalk line
– close-up of football, showing a bit of writing/lines
– close-up of basketball, showing a bit of writing/lines
– a picture of a toilet seat in the down position


To include with planner package.

– Invitation to fantasy sports league.
– IOUs (backrubs, dishes, watching *shudder* Newsies)
– “I’m sorry for __________” (mistaking your sister’s butt for your butt in a picture… and then complimenting it, forgetting something important even though I had it written in my Erin Condren Life Planner for Men.)


Or some kind of holder for business cards, memory stick/jump drive, Rogaine prescription.

35 thoughts on “Thing That Should Exist: The Erin Condren Life Planner for Men

  1. I love this idea! I hope that Erin Condren jumps on board. It would make a good family planner too for the whole household to work from. I can imagine this on my counter getting used by us all. But don’t forget the fantasy hockey!

  2. My only problem with this is that much of it seems to be centered around the sports fan man. What about for those of us who aren’t sports fans? I may have to make a post response to this; the Erin Condren Life Planner for Geeks, perhaps.

    Necessary Pun; Eleni would get the Erin Condren Life Planner for Greeks.

  3. Genius. As is the person who told you you should post about this. Who is not mentioned here. AHEM.

    This needs to happen though. Imagine, guys never having an excuse to forget anything!!!!!

  4. This is an awesome idea… but like others have mentioned… a little too sports-centric for any dude I’d probably date. I like musicians/creatives/geeks generally… so I’m all for the EC planner for Geeks. Hell… *I* would want one of those.

    I definitely think having a “things that need fixed” list should be in there.

    And for the covers, again.. less sports… naturals are nice… cork, wood, steel… Also: What about those urban hot office dudes? THEY deserve EC planners too. Think Mad Men-ish. Awesome argyles and such. Cheat sheets for drinks and things dudes should know. Important dates for bosses and clients.

    Honestly though… I think having a gender neutral EC planner would be awesome. The current ones are almost too girlie for me, and I once had pink hair. I want one that’s going to help me take care of my freelancing, my social life, the concerts I work, design events in the city, conferences… I know I *can* do that with the current ones… I just haven’t felt the need to yet.


  5. Would SO buy this for my man! I have one and ADORE IT. He would love it too… He could keep track of family, work, me (heh. heh.) as well as social stuff. He’d love it! And I’d soooo buy it.

  6. I love this! Thank you for making me laugh. Now I want an Erin Condren planner. You’ve sold me and I only know what your male version looks like.

  7. the minka kelly quote is my favorite. also, i was totally already thinking about watching newsies tonight. now i must. i mean, it’s a hard life carrying the banner…

  8. Peter,

    So it’s 3 yrs later. My wife tells me I should get an Erin Conundrum planner (their website is for men) so I go searching, find the site based on “life planner” keywords and all I see is this frilly, sparkle stuff – no simple stuff for dudes. I run across your post and also thought, “hey, yeah a dude planner” but, not much to choose from, still. Glad you took the time but I’m not finding much to my liking online. You every find something you’d recommend?

    Thanks, Jason

  9. I was reading this post and all the comments, just shaking my head. Yes. Yes. EC needs a more masculine option. It would be perfect for more home organization, with the vehicle and home maintenance inserts. Hubby could keep it all together. Now I realize this idea of yours was born and even shared nearly 4 years ago and EC hasn’t provided it yet. Well darn. I guess I will continue to create my own home pages. Boohoo!

  10. I think I’d much prefer the “dude” sports version for myself. I’m a good mix of girly and sports lover. But most chick planners revolve around stuff I either don’t care about or too girly in general. Might need 2, maybe I could actually get the hubs to get planning too lol

  11. This is amazing!!! I literally just told my husband over lunch that I wished they made an EC planner for men…I just ordered my first one, and googled out of curiosity. Your ideas are not only entertaining, but actually brilliant as well. On point!!

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