15 Cool Planner Techniques That Will Actually Make You Want To Use Your Planner

Are you super organized? Do you write down every single thing you do? Do you check your planner before booking an appointment for something, making sure that you aren’t accidentally scheduling two things at the same time? Must be nice! I can’t relate. It’s not for lack of trying, of course–I do have a planner that I genuinely love, and, as a result, spent way too much money on (it’s this ban.do one), but find that, most of the time, it serves more of an ornamental than functional purpose.

I don’t think I am the only one who has fallen prey to aspirational planner-buying, and I surely won’t be the last. If it’s ever happened to you, you’ll know it’s extra frustrating because your potential to get your life together is…so close. It’s really almost there. Like, you know you’ll probably never be the bullet journal type (making your own planner out of a regular notebook? Every day? In what world???), but, with the planner itself, there’s probably potential. You just need to be properly motivated. Sound like you? If so, check out these super-cool planner techniques that will actually make you want to use your planner:

1. Make it fun. That’s the most important thing! You want to make sure that you actually want look at your planner, and, as a result, actually write down what’s going on in your life:



2. Of course, making something fun is easier said than done. Throw in artsy doodles and colorful backgrounds to help do this:



3. Make it a goal to use all the stickers that come with your planner–but not so much that you don’t have any left by the last month:



4. Or get your own–not all planners come with stickers, but you can always buy or print out some cute ones yourself:

5. Stickers not your style? Try Washi tape instead–this helps keep an otherwise plain-looking planner more interesting than it might otherwise:

6. Treat your planner like a bullet journal by using your best handwriting–this way, you’ll be happy when you open it, but you won’t be overwhelmed by the sheer task of having to construct your entire journal by hand:

7. And use your own coding system to help it look clean and sophisticated:

8. Feel incapable of fancy handwriting and codes? Just use different colored pens and pencils to make it look more aesthetically pleasing:



9. If you don’t like committing to one planner for a whole year, get a printable planner–you can do this month-by-month, so you don’t have to deal with an entire year’s worth of blank pages:



10. If you do buy a full planner, make sure it’s one with inspirational notes in between the notes. They’re corny, but also fun! (And this particular one is Kate Spade.)



11. Take advantage of the monthly section at the front! Sometimes, seeing a whole month at once–rather than segmented weeks or days–can be really helpful, since it helps you put everything you have to get done into context:

12. Use sticky notes for things of high importance. This helps you prioritize and remember things easily:



13. Try to use your planner once a day–once at night and once in the morning. This helps you organize your thoughts and write down things you’d probably miss if you just used your planner once a day:



14. Make planning a ritual–brew some tea (if you like tea) light some scented candles (if you like scented candles) and have a snack (if you like snacks) while you write everything out. You’re planning out your week, so you might as well make it “you” time:



15. But don’t freak out if your planner doesn’t end up looking like everyone else’s. It’s just a planner!As long as yo’re writing down the stuff you need to do, and you aren’t forgetting about them, you’re good:


Do you use a planner? Do you have any tips for getting the most you can out of it? Let us know in the comments!

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