If you only know one thing about me it might be that I am an organization freak. Nothing makes me feel better than getting all the things swirling around in my head on paper. Ok, maybe one thing….crossing those things off my to do list. And I have to admit sometimes I add things to my list just so I can cross them off… confessions of a planner addict. These days its hard to find time to get creative but I feel giddy when I am able to get my creative juices flowing and organize at the same time. And I can’t wait to share my planner essentials with you!
Lets start with the planner:
I have researched planners for years searching for my perfect companion. And this girl can’t take a stroll through target or office depot without waltzing down the planner isle to make sure I am not missing out on something. I finally settled on a Create 365 The Happy Planner. I love having the ability to take out, move, and add more pages without tearing them. This gives me the ability to be creative and change my mind (which I tend to do a lot). I add in my note pages when needed for things like grocery and packing lists. You can even purchase a fitness, budget, and wedding extension packs to add to your planner! You can also change the cover which is fabulous when you need a little change of pace but don’t want to buy an entire new planner.
This is my an example of my weekly page. The three separated sections are perfect for creating exactly what YOU need for YOUR life. When I was in class everyday, I used the top section for my class schedule, the middle section for school work/study plan, and the bottom section for my personal to-do list.
Now that I have my own little business and blog, I use the top section for Blog/Social Media Planning, the middle section for my personal schedule, and the bottom section for miscellaneous lists, quotes, or to-do lists. I love being able to customize it for my current needs.
Next comes the stickers:
Y’all! I love stickers. I have slowly accumulated a large selection of adorable stickers for my Happy Planner. I have the seasonal ones that I like to decorate my monthly pages with to inspire me to get into the holiday spirit. Stickers with inspirational quotes cover my weekly pages. These give the extra little encouragement I need to get through the day/week. And my absolute favorites, The productivity stickers. From to do list to goals, bill paying, meal planning, and appointment reminders….These stickers have my heart. I use these on my weekly pages to help me keep up with my daily schedule. They also have teacher, fitness, mom life, and student stickers.
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Now the Pens/Highlighters:
I am such a picky pen girl. I had to make labels with my name on them for all my pens in clinic because I will go crazy if someone steals them. I am in love with the black Pilot G-2 Bold. It also comes in fine and extra fine depending on how thick you like your pen strokes. I use Stabilo Pens for detailed writing because they are the perfect point size and come in so many beautiful colors. Zebrite Double-ended highlighters are my go-to for my planner and bible because they don’t bleed through the pages.
Goal-Setting and Ideas:
For my more goal-orientated task and brainstorming, I turn to my Recollections “Plan It Like It’s Hot” Journal. It has a section for individual to-do list with categories for things like errands, appointments, emails, and phone calls. I divide the pages by months so I can plan things months in advance. It also has a monthly goals section where I set at 3 business goals and 2 personal goals for my self each months. Then I create a social media/blog post ideas list where I can jot down ideas when inspiration strikes. The last part of the journal is filled with notes pages where I keep lists of potential clients, passwords, and promotional ideas. You can purchase it at Michaels!
I am so happy to share my love for organizing and creative planning with you all. Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope I can inspire you to make your planner planning more productive and beautiful.
What are your favorite planner essentials? Comment below and let me know!