I would never describe myself as an organized person, but for some reason, I’ve always been obsessed with planners. When I was in school, my favorite school supply to buy each September was a brand new planner, or notebook that I could turn into a planner. Writing down my homework assignments and social obligations in one place always proved to be more effective for me than trying to remember them on my own, jotting them in my phone, or keeping them scattered in different class notebooks. I liked decorating with different color pens and stickers and little doodles, and flipping through completed tasks made me feel accomplished. I thought I was done with planners when I graduated college, but last year I found myself swamped with work events, press events, and social situations, so much so that I bought this ban.do planner that I’m now obsessed with. I can’t imagine not being without one!
If you haven’t tried using a planner to keep your information together, I highly encourage doing so. Planners allow you to keep track of everything in one spot, which is so much easier to deal with than searching through different notes to find the assignment that’s due. Writing things down is still proven to be a better method of memorizing than using the Notes app in your phone, however convenient that may be. Plus, using a planner can be fun, in a nerdy type of way – you can decorate them, set goals for yourself, and make things seem more exciting.
If you don’t already have one, buy a planner for the upcoming school year. I promise it will make life more organized for you. Here are some tips and inspiration on how to make your planner look aesthetically pleasing and neat – because why shouldn’t you have some fun with it?
1. Use a key code to use symbols as a system for keeping track of what’s done and what needs to get done.
2. Not sure what to keep track of besides assignments? Take advantage of the space in your planner and organize as much as possible. Here are some good ideas:
3. If you don’t have that much space, use printable inserts, like this one.
4. Separate your text so that reading through everything becomes easier and less confusing. Using little dividers like these makes your planner organized and also makes it look cute. These are printables, but you can draw them too.
5. Use different color pens or pencils with a color code that works for you so that a quick glance will show you what needs to get done.
6. Use fun paperclips to keep track of what week you’re on so that you can open up your planner exactly where you need to be. You can buy these or make your own.
7. You might as well have some fun with your planner! Decorate with stickers to keep things looking fun even if the tasks are boring.
8. You can also use highlighters as a way of color coding. Sticky notes are a great way to add in important reminders or to add in things if you’ve already used up a lot of space.
9. Put goals into the beginning of each month to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish. They can be about anything!
10. If you’re invested in making your planner look good, here are some must-haves: inserts, stickers, washi tape, scissors, a hole puncher, markers, pens, tabs, and more.
11. Having pockets in your planner is a great way to keep track of loose papers that are important. If you don’t have them, you can easily make them.
12. Use a specific method of organization, like what this blogger does – she calls it the A1, A2, A3 method, and it’s basically prioritizing your t0-do lists. Check out the link below for more details.
13. Wondering what to do with your monthly view since the space is so small? Put bigger tasks there, or your goals.
14. Write things differently, like sometimes using script, or making your letters more bold, or writing in all caps. It looks cool and helps make things stand out.
15. Pick a planner that has little pockets to hold pens, cards, or other important items.
16. Make your own separate sections. See how this girl has “to-do” lists and then a separate “reminders” list for each day?
17. You don’t need to go all out to make your planner look good. Simply adding stickers or washi tape can brighten things up.
18. Add inspirational quotes to keep yourself motivated.
Do you have a planner? How do you make it look good? What did we forget to include? Let me know in the comments.