It’s Thursday, Thursday, getting down on Thursday. Wait, wrong song. Anywho, HAPPY DAY 7 of BLOGMAS! Special thanks to all those that continuously show support to Chaotic Critic. Hey there hey to all new readers. I truly hope you stick around. This post is all about planner tips that will work for a multitude of planners and many my fellow planner junkies may already know. We’ll get into all the details below.
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
1. There is NO RIGHT WAY TO PLAN!
2. Find your writing style. For example, if you’re a long winded writer a horizontal style planner may work best. For all the listers out there, try vertical. If you’re someone that needs time stamps, give go with hourly.
3. The purpose of planning is to make your life easier. It helps stay on track with your goals and daily tasks. Stickers are for inspiration.
4. Don’t throw away your left over stickers. Depending on the size of the sticker kit you can stretch it for a couple more spreads.
5. EC & Happy Planner Lovers — use your monthly sidebars as a snapshot of the month from bills to any key events to take note of.
6. Weekly sidebars can be used to track habits and for those bloggers/YouTubers, social media metrics. Trackers can be found on Etsy, but you can always write in your own. You can also use it as a running to do list for the week or a list of what you need to get done the following week.
7. Feeling like you have nothing to write? Record your top 3 goals of the day and work from there. Sometimes it can be intimidating to tackle a page long to do list.
8. Think outside the box when planning. Try using wrapping paper, scrapbook paper 3D stickers. Just because it may look “too large” for a planner, doesn’t mean you can’t make it work.
9. When building a planner stash, keep it simple. Do not splurge on every planner thing you see. Use coupon codes and shop clearance.
10. Search around Facebook for free printables and use google. When using it for personal use, it’s just yours and you customize and add whatever it is that perfectly matches you. Also, you’re able to experiment, print at home, and not break the bank.
11. If you’re unsure of what to do with deco stickers, save them until the end of the week. As the week progresses, you’ll see where you’ll need to fill in. Trying to place them down in the beginning can be ineffective when you need to move around.
12. Regardless of what planner you have, repurpose items that you already have in your home. Whether it’s a card, piece of fabric,. If it looks like it could go in a planner it probably can. Magazines are also a great inexpensive option to add to your stash.
13. Don’t go washi crazy. When purchasing at a store, try not to spend over $1 a roll. I know it can be cute and before you know it you’ll have accumulated over 50 rolls just like that. Still, it’s just tape. TAPE!
14. RESEARCH before you buy. There are plenty of review videos/blog posts available that will help you gunge a certain type of planner. Also, use printable versions to test out a certain style. Don’t spend a lot of money on something you’re not sure of committing to just because it catches your eye. I tested out a B6 traveler‘s notebook for over 2 months before I committed completely to it transitioning from a classic Happy Planner.
15. Let YouTube/Instagram be your DIY friend. Don’t be afraid to get a little crafty! I’ve personally been inspired to make page markers and dashboards from inspiration I’ve seen on these platforms.
I could keep going ON AND ON with planner tips, but I have plenty of related content for you to tap your inner plannerista here.