I love my planner. With the todo list never ending and me trying to remember it all. It keeps me on track and allows me some peace of mind. I also find it’s easier to remember something when you write it down. So I write it all down, my to do list, grocery list for the week, work meetings, appointments and so on.
One thing I love about STARTplanner is their simplicity. This gives me the ability to add color and “bling” to make it my own. A great way to add some pizazz to your planner is with Washi Tape, stickers, tabs, color pens, and more. Here are a few of my tips on how I try and stay organized, and a glimpse into my planner!
I use Washi Tape for Time Blocking: Use strips of tape to block out days or weeks in the monthly calendar view. If you are going to the beach for a week in July, put a long piece across the week you will be gone and write above on it “Beach w/ the Girls”. You can also use it to block out chunks of time on a daily basis.
I also use Washi Tape for my Borders/Decoration: This is simple but can add so much personality to your planner. Put strips along the margins to add pops of color.
Add Pockets: This might be my favorite use for this stuff so far…there is only one pocket in the front cover of the Start planner, and I needed more so what did I do…I made my own! I took a piece of cardstock and cut it to the size I wanted and tapped it to the inside of the back cover. Or you can take an envelope and tape the sides as well and make a pocket with a flap to help hold smaller things inside. Now I have a pocket to hold my stickers…along with some receipts and stamps. You can make pockets in any planner by doing this!
Color Code Your Calendar:
I’m not 100% color coded by type of things I’m inserting, but I do use different colors so that my week’s appointments/events stand out from day-to-day. Have you seen my pen collection! Thanks Dana!
I use Tabs/ Paper clips to make great dividers for your planner! This is a quick and easy way to flip through your planner. I like to clip important papers and things within my planner so I know where they are I used some regular paper clips and some thin washi tape to make these little flag markers to use.
If you have a planner with both a monthly and weekly view, take advantage of both of them. Use your weekly view to write down all of your to do list for the day, time blocking for certain daily task, and use your monthly view to see upcoming events, appointments and meetings The best part about using a planner is crossing things off and the feeling of accomplishment by doing this. Crossing things off gives you a visual idea of what you’ve done and still need to do.
Do you have a planner? What are you tips? I would love to hear them!