My entire life, I’ve been a planner. I like to look forward to things. I like to know that something in the future has a countdown. Through the years, I’ve had many different planners. From the physical form to the digital form. Over the last year or so, I’ve used 4 different notebooks plus my phone calendar as my “planner”. One notebook for my blog editorial calendar. One notebook for blog ideas. One notebook for my to do list. One notebook for general note taking. I hauled at least 2 of those notebooks/journals every where I went. Recently, I won a planner and now I no longer carry around 4 different journals. I’ve combined my editorial calendar and to do list into one notebook. I still have my other 2 journals but I don’t carry them all around with me. Just my planner.
So, I’m using The Happy Planner™. And I absolutely love it. It’s made by Me & My Big Ideas. You can find it on Amazon and in store at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. The price point is amazing ($25) and if you have a coupon for either HobLob or Michaels, then the price point is even better! And the crafty part of me loves spending time over each weekend planning out my next week and decorating it with fun stickers and washi tape.
Before we get to the tips, here’s some of my favorite Planner Sticker Shops!! Go sticker crazy like me!!
Staying organized has helped me manage my stress levels. It keeps me on track and allows me some peace of mind that I’m not just flying by the seat of my pants (which I do with most things in my life). Here are some of my planner organization tips:
ONE | Get some lined notes that you can insert into your planner.
The Happy Planner™ has these skinny lined inserts that are perfect for an overflowing to do list. I can pull it out from week to week until everything is marked off the list. If I have questions that I need to answer for people, I can write it down on one of these skinny inserts. Perfect!
TWO | 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.
THREE | Mark your spot.
I created my own Planner Bookmark. I can flip open my planner right to the spot where I need to be. I don’t have to flip flip flip to figure out what week I’m in.
FOUR | Get folder inserts.
I use folder inserts to hold important papers. Because I keep my planner with me at all times, I want to make sure I keep the important stuff close by too. Perfect solution: folder inserts!
FIVE | Pick a day and plan out your week.
I pick one of my weekend days to sit down and take time to plan out my week and look at my upcoming weeks. It allows me to refresh my brain about what’s coming up. And it gives me an excuse to decorate a new week!
Here’s a peek at one of my layouts:
Do you have a planner? Are you a planner addict? Don’t forget to check out my Favorite Planner Sticker Shops!
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