You guys – I’m new to planners. It’s been a HUGE saga, ha! I’ve been asking you all about it on Instagram stories – which ones you recommend, what you like about them, etc, etc. I bought 4 different planners because I just couldn’t decide! But then I finally settled on one and thought my planner saga was over – until I started using it and I realized I didn’t know how?! So again, I asked you – you came up with so many great ideas, I thought I’d compile them here in a blog post so everyone can benefit!
I know this is a little late, since it’s already February, but since it took me this long to figure out what works best, I thought maybe some of you were still looking for tips and tricks as well – I can’t be the only one! This post may contain affiliate links.
How to Use The Happy Planner
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The Happy Planner – my choice
First up, I finally settled on purchasing The Happy Planner. THIS is the one I got. Some of the must-haves for me were printed dates (there’s no way I’m writing in dates!!), full month calendar view, and cuteness. The one I picked is actually an 18 month calendar when means it started in July 2017, BUT, it was the cover that I was drawn to the most, so I didn’t let that stop me. I just took out the pages of July 2017- Dec 2017 and now all it has in it are this current year, which is what I wanted, January 2018-December 2018. I bounced back and forth on which size to get, I finally settled on Medium and am really happy with it.
The majority of you recommend The Happy Planner, but several of you loved other brands/types as well. My recommendation is to just list YOUR Must-Haves and then find a planner that meets all of those requirements.
How to Use a Planner
So here’s the deal – I’m a die-hard for a monthly calendar, it’s all I’ve ever used in the past. It was on my must-have list in a planner. I use my planner for an editorial calendar for my blog, and I like to see in a glance the posts I need to write, when projects are due, etc, so I felt comfortable using this section.
But then I started diving in, and there’s a page for weekly calendars as well. THIS is where I struggled!! If it’s written on the monthly calendar, then what’s the point of the weekly calendar?
So I turned to you – you all had so many good ideas! I love that there were tons of different ideas – all planners are about the same, yet everyone is tailoring them to fit their own needs, isn’t that awesome? I am now using the weekly calendar as a to-do list of daily tasks – I write the moring to-dos in the top box, the afternoon to-dos in the middle box, and the evening to-dos in the bottom box. That’s working for me. Here are a bunch more ideas so you can find what will work for you:
Ideas for How to Use a Planner:
–Weekly: one block for due dates/appointments/birthdays/etc, next block is to-dos, bottom block as a daily gratitude, exercise, and tracking health issues
—Repeat monthly calendar onto the weekly one, but with added details
–Use monthly calendar as a perpetual calendar (birthdays/anniversaries) and use weekly for appointments, to-dos, and daily things.
–Monthly for quick titles, weekly for details and lists.
–Buy a monthly-view only planner 😉
–Plan ahead using the monthly, plan for the week using the weekly. Weekly: top line for kids activities, appointments, meetings – middle line for to-do list – bottom line to track work outs. Add pages for extra planning.
–Use stickers to pretty it up.
–Monthly for due dates (bills, paperwork), birthdays, weddings. Weekly: top for daily appointments, middle is to-do list and chores, bottom is meal planning and fitness
–Highlight on the Monthly, elaborate on the Weekly. Use the weekly like a bullet journal.
–Use the daily section as a journal for future scrapbooks.
–Monthly is only birthdays/holidays. Use Weekly as main calendar – top section for blog/work, middle for kid things, bottom section for family things.
Personalizing a Planner:
I didn’t start loving my planner until I had added a crafty touch to it – there’s just something about personalizing a planner that makes you love it! I added my blog logo to the front and then inside the back cover I added this #BlogLife decal (it already said Live Creatively, which I kind of thought was pretty perfect). I used my Silhouette machine to cut it out of Glitter Adhesive Vinyl – because everything is better in glitter!!
There are also SO many sticker pack and planner add ons out there for personalizing a planner – I haven’t tried any yet, but I’m sure they’re awesome!
Do you have a favorite planner that you use? Do you have a favorite way to use it that wasn’t mentioned?? Let us know!!