How to Make the Most Out of a Planner

So with the year in full speed, it’s the perfect time to talk about anything and everything relating to planners/agendas. You either love them or hate them. Or you’re one of those that puts everything in their phone, which is totally not me, because I like writing things down and crossing them off.

Side note–you know when we were in elementary school and everyone would get one of those free agendas from the school? Well, you were either someone who didn’t use them at all and most likely threw it away or took full advantage of them with each and every one of your to-do tasks. I was the latter of the two. In fact, I was one of those people that actually bought a more personalized planner just because I was that into it–and because it was cuter haha.

So, you probably guess I’d still be using one since then, and you’d be correct, so here are some of my tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

Invest in one you actually like.

I say this like it will cost a fortune, but that’s not what I mean. Just buy one you actually love, because the more you like it, the more likely it is that you will keep using it. Some of my favorite places for inexpensive, but equally aesthetically pleasing ones, are Target, Marshalls, and Tjmaxx. I’m talking $10 or less.

love this one (which my Mom gave me for Christmas–thanks, Mom!), because it has my favorite verse on the front cover–which is very fitting for a planner.

Bring it with you everywhere.

Just incase you forget something you need to do. Plus, if you ever need to write something important down, it will be right there. It may become like a security blanket, in a way.

Write major events in the monthly pages.

At the beginning of the month, make sure to schedule everything in that you have planned so far, so you don’t miss out on anything aka completely forget about it and not show up.

Separate events from tasks on the weekly pages.

This will break up everything and not only make it easier to keep organized, but also to keep track of.

Separate school/work tasks from other tasks.

Such as grocery shopping or other errands. Again, it just keeps it more organized by putting your brain in different modes for each area.

Make a routine.

At the beginning of each week, take the time to sit down and organize your week ahead of you, so that you’re not randomly filling things in throughout the week, which will most likely lead to forgetting to fill those said things in.

Write neatly.

Because, if it gets too messy, it will probably make you more stressed and, therefore, altogether just give up on the whole planning thing. Take it as a chance to practice your handwriting skills, or even your calligraphy skills.

Cross tasks off as you complete them.

This just makes you feel accomplished and like you’ve got your life together. It’s like a breath of fresh air knowing you’ve got one less thing to do.

Use color.

It can look pretty boring if it’s just a black and white list of things to do, not to mention kinda not motivating at all. So, get a little more artsy and treat yourself to some colored pens/sharpies/highlighters and color code things to make it look more pleasing, which will also help keep it organized.

Get creative.

You may as well have fun with it. Practice different fonts, draw pictures, buy some cute stickers/decals, etc. Do anything you want to make it your own style.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope these tips help you out for all of your planning this year! 🙂

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18 Comments

  1. January 12, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I do love a cute planner! I currently have a Simplified one but I found one just like it a Home Goods for a fraction of the price “sigh.” Great tips!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • January 13, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks!! Home goods/tjmaxx/marshalls are the best!

  2. January 12, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    I love my planner, and these tips are great!!

  3. January 13, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Great tips! I need to start a planner.

    ephemeralfox.com

  4. January 14, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    these are all the best tips! i keep my planner with me at all times and try to spice it up with color and stickers! it helps so much with keeping me organized!

    • January 15, 2018 / 12:11 am

      Thank you!! Colors make all the difference!

  5. January 16, 2018 / 12:23 am

    I absolutely love your tips! I need to get better with my planner and one thing I want to improve is to write more neat! Thank you for an awesome post! X

  6. January 16, 2018 / 1:07 am

    I love a cute planner! I use one for work all the time! Keeps me organized!

  7. January 16, 2018 / 6:05 am

    I love these tips, specially making a routine! It’s so easy to forget about everything we need to do if we don’t dedicate time and actually sit down to write everything down!

  8. January 16, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    I agree! I always struggle to keep up with my planner but this year I got the cutest one from Kate Spade! I am definitely going to put some of these tips to use this year!

    • January 18, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Kate Spade has the cutest ones! Glad you liked them!

  9. January 17, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I’m all about a good planner! In face, New Years is my favourite because it means a new planner haha!! Thanks for the planning tips!

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