Using a planner does NOT have to be complicated, overwhelming, or stressful.
When it comes to planner accessories, I believe in:
Keeping it simple. Seriously!!
(Otherwise known as my version of the KISS Principle. 💃🏼)
Honestly, if you’re stressing about how messy your planner is or how pretty it should be because of something you saw on Pinterest or Instagram, you’re seriously stressing about the wrong things.
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MY FAVORITE PLANNER ACCESSORIES (AND HOW I USE THEM)
To help you along in your quest to accessorize your planner, I’m sharing exactly what planner accessories I use in my Simplified Planner and how I stick to KISS (including how I color code minimally, use stickers sparingly, and actually use my planner to do EXACTLY what I bought it to do: keep my life and business organized).
You ready? Let’s go!The best way to accessorize your planner? Keep it simple. Seriously!! Click To Tweet
I am extremely picky about what pens I use in my planner. First and foremost, I only write in black ink, but that’s just a quirky, personal preference. (I see things better when they’re written in black ink than I can if they’re written in blue. 🤷🏼♀️) I then use a hot pink pen for checking off the to-dos. (This is so I can easily see what’s been done and it looks like a celebration!!)
I also only use pens that I know won’t bleed through the page. Le Pens, Pilot G2 pens, Pilot Precise V5 pens, the Simplified (gold dot and happy stripe) pens are my favorites. I am also particularly fond of hotel pens. They just write so smooth and work so well!! 😂
Many people will use Happy Stripe Pen Set to color code their tasks and to-dos. I find this confusing. I’d rather use stickers to color code (more on that later) and use black pen to write everything down. That’s just how my brain works though. You do you, boo!!
I love using paper clips in my Simplified Planner to mark the pages of the current month and will occasionally use them to clip in important papers (like coupons or notes) related to that month.
BEST DAY EVER PAGE MARKER
I use the best day ever page marker to mark the current day. It’s simple, but it adds such a bright spot of cheer to the page. Plus, it’s a reminder to have the best day, every day.
My favorite thing about the Day Designer when I tried it a few years back was today’s top 3 (a separate section where you could write your top 3 to-dos for each day). I loved how they stood out from the rest of the to-dos and really wanted to be able to do something similar in my Simplified Planner.
One day, I put a flag sticker over the checkmark circles of the first 3 lines on the to-do side of the page and wrote in my top 3 to-dos for the day. It worked perfectly!! The flag sticker fit right over those 3 checkmark circles and consistently drew my eye the entire day.
If you’re looking for a way to make the most important to-dos of the day standout, I highly recommend getting yourself some flag stickers!!
COLOR CODING STICKERS
Color coding stickers might be my favorite planner accessory to play with (and I’ve played with them A LOT the past 2 years). But I think I’ve finally decided on a system that works for me:
- Fuchsia Pink for business meetings + appointments
- Medium Pink for my morning (self-care) routine
- Light Pink for business education
- Yellow for my email/social hour or power/clean up hour
- Green for tasks related to Trello Like a Boss
- Light Blue for tasks related to The Systems Shop
- Medium Blue for my end of day + evening (self-care) routines
- Teal for tasks related to The Rising Tide Society (I’m a TuesdaysTogether leader)
- Navy for personal events + appointments
This system (obviously) may change, but for now, I’m really happy with it!! 😊
My best tip is to make sure you stay consistent with your color coding so you don’t become stressed out or confused. There’s no shame in making a chart to refer back to. Put it on a sticky note and stick it inside the front cover of your planner for easy access.
COLORFUL DOODLE STICKERS
I was never big on using “other” stickers in my planner until Simplified came out with their Colorful Doodle Stickers. (A sheet of these is included with each Simplified Planner and you can either buy refill packs or a sticker book that has even more doodles.) I love that they’re hand-drawn, super simple, and intentional.
The thing I want you to remember about stickers (and even planner accessories in general) is that they’re great when used in a way that works for you, but doesn’t distract you. Use them to attract or draw your attention to something, but don’t use so many that you can’t figure out what you wrote down for tasks and to-dos each day.How to use and accessorize your planner—simply!! Click To Tweet
I use washi tape on both the monthly pages and daily pages whenever I want something to stand out in a BIG way. Things like special events, workshops/conferences, long weekends, vacations, launch days, and other celebrations all deserve that kind of attention in my book.
In the past, I’ve used washi tape to help color code and time block my day. I stopped and switched to the above when the color coding stickers were released, but it definitely works if that’s something you’d like to try and do!!
Like I said at the start of this post, using a planner does NOT have to be complicated, overwhelming, or stressful. When it comes to planner accessories, you can use as many or as few as you want. But I hope this post inspires you to keep things simple. Seriously!! 😉
Now, tell me: what planner accessories do you love to use and why? Any questions about the way I use mine?
P.S. You may have noticed that I buy most of my planner accessories from Simplified. That’s because everything is coordinated in the colors of Happy Stripe 🌈, which makes color coding super easy!! 👊🏻
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