So I’ve been really interested in the “Plan With Me” videos and posts online, and have decided to try it out. This is the first week that I’ve gotten to use my new planner that I created from scratch, and I am SO excited to show you all how I have been using it. I’m going to try to provide a few tips and tricks along the way, here goes:
One of my favorite things that I use to “spice up” my planner is washi tape. I created my planner to have a simple design, therefore I am able to mix and match designs, washi, and stickers without worrying about matching colors. This leaves me free to make each week my own.
This week I was going for a bright theme with all things pink, orange, and yellow. In my “blank space,” I created my own sticker which I will post about tomorrow to show you how to make personalized affordable stickers fit to your needs (so stay tuned!). Sunflowers are my favorite flower, and I was so happy to incorporate this sticker in my planner to keep me upbeat and happy like the sunshine!
I had a really big week this week from coming back to my college town, finalizing my new apartment details, volunteering at the hospital, helping my friend move out, and, of course, planning my sister’s sweet sixteen. I’ve still got quite a lot of things to do to prepare for this coming fall, but having a planner really keeps me organized without feeling scatter-brained and overwhelmed.
I had originally split my planner into two sections each day so that I could have one section for school and save the other for more personal things. I really like this set up, but since school isn’t in session…I just utilized the entire space. I used the top section for “planned” events and the bottom to record things that happened that day anyway.
I got these see-through post it notes from Wal-mart on clearance for 75 cents—what a great buy. I love stocking up on supplies with clearance items. I jotted down some notes about a canoeing trip that I might take next weekend and my notes with my apartment office.
I put down vitamin stickers each day because I recently found out that I have a horrible vitamin deficiency that has really taken a toll on me. I feel exhausted every day, and my vitamin D, iron, and B12 deficiency seemed to be the root of the cause. So I wanted to make small stickers to remind myself that I need to take my vitamins daily so that I could be at the top of my game every day. These kinds of stickers really make me accountable for taking vitamins/medicines that I usually forget about, because I love to “check” them off!
My to-do list this week was SUPER FULL, and unfortunately, I didn’t fulfill everything on my list. But because it is so easy to see what I did and did not complete, I am able to transfer these “to-do”s for next week.
I also made myself a “don’t forget” insert that I made myself (check out the DIY spiral bound insert here) for my trip to Kings Island this weekend, as well as written directions on the back on how to get there.
This week, while stressful and full, ended up being a great one. If you aren’t currently using a planner, I really recommend it to keep up with tasks and events that go on in your life. It truly keeps me accountable for what I know I should do, and it ends up being sort of “yearbook”-like at the end of the year—especially with my “reflection” section. Looking back at my old planners, I find myself reminiscing about events I had totally forgotten about!
Thanks for reading,
Did you like this post? What do you think about my planner? What do you have in your planner that makes it unique to mine? Let me know in the comments, and please share!