We are all guilty of relying too heavily on technology. Learn how to go old school with a paper planner and enhance your organizational skills.
Plus, it's cute and fun.
1. Get Your Materials Together
I like to use different pens, stickers and wash-ii tape to get my planning on. All of these things are really low budget too. Most of the materials can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or WalMart. If you really want to get crazy there's an amazing dollar section at JoAnn's Fabrics with decorative wash-ii tape and card-stock to decorate with. The scrapbooking section of any craft store is a good place to start too.
Owl Stickers from the Dollar Tree (which I use to track different activities. Like, the pink one means Gym Day, etc.)
Metallic Owl Stickers from Joann's Fabrics
Gel Pens from JoAnn's Fabrics
HI-liters and other pens from Wal Mart
Wash-ii tape (a decorative tape originally from Japan) from Wal-Mart and Joann's
2. Pick a Color Scheme
Things can get messy and disorganized if you just start decorating willy-nilly (I learned this the hard way.) This is also helpful for when you're shopping. Pick things that go together. For this first plan with me card, I've chosen yellow and turquoise as the anchor colors. I've also coordinated the pens.
3. Lay the Foundation
Every good planner page has a good foundation. I always try to do wash-ii tape and bigger embellishments first, then go for the small things like the stickers. Also, pencil in important events you know are coming up. It makes things more organized and more artistic too. I'm a painter too and you never go in with small details first when you paint. Things aren't different with planning.
Now here's the fun part. Add sticky notes, sitckers, doodles or whatever! This is where your planning style will come through. I like to use stickers, and since my planner is relatively small I try to keep enough space for all of my events and assignments.
Here I used some stickers in coordinating colors, a couple of sticky notes and some stock-journal cut outs from Joann's. I like to keep my layouts as clean and linear as possible because I end up having a lot to do.
Here are some other examples of previously decorated pages:
These are examples of some of my previously decorated and filled out pages. They can get a little crazy, so I learned to be more sparse with my decorations as time progressed.
5. Plan Your Events
Simply write down what you need to do that week. This can include places you need to go, appointments, goals, quotes, whatever. Make it you!
Since this page is next week, it's not all the way filled in yet, but you get the idea.
6. Stick With It
Planning and decorating and whatever didn't stick with me for a long time. Just now, when my life is heading toward some semblance of routine, it is. Just keep filling things out. You will remember more and be more productive.
Aside from that, it's a good way to take time for yourself. I like to plan on Monday before I start my work. It's a fresh page, and a new beginning. Helps sort out my mind ya know? I'm no professional planner, but I'm figuring things out just like you.