Welcome to the second installment in my series, “Start Planning”! Today I’m sharing my tips for planning your week! You can totally use your planner in whatever works best for you but I wanted to share what works for me. When I was starting out, I watched tons of YouTube videos and scoured Instagram feeds to get a feel for what I liked and then I started playing around. There’s no right or wrong way, just dive in and apply some trial and error to figure out what works.
When you first open that shiny, sparkly new planner and you see all that blank space, you can find yourself wondering what the hell your supposed to put in there! Trust me, that’s exactly what I did. In fact, here’s what my very first week planning looked like in my Erin Condren planner:
I had some stickers that came with the planner and a few errands that I decided to include but really, I hadn’t figured out my style yet. So to get you started, here are a few tips to help you plan a week and find your own planning style.
Make a List
I keep a bit of lined paper in my planner so that when I think of something that I need to do (or buy) I can quickly jot it down. Usually, my planner isn’t decorated a week in advance so I don’t want to start writing things in my planner before I sort out how I want it all laid out. You’ll want to keep a list appointments, things you need to buy or order, events, scheduling changes, on call dates; anything you would otherwise forget to include. I’m always so busy that I often thing of something I need to do or to get and then as quickly as I thought of it, POOF it’s gone!
Schedule Time To Plan
This may sound weird but I find my planning time to be very therapeutic. I really enjoy the satisfaction of taking my weekly layout in my planner and customizing it the way I like. Set aside some time on Sunday evening and grab your planner, accessories (pens, stickers, washi tape) and a glass of wine (or whatever your beverage of choice is) and allow yourself some quiet time to plan out your week. You’ll find that your week will be more productive and you’ll be less stressed because you won’t be constantly trying to remember all the things you had to do!
There are so many ways to be creative when planning. I like to use decorative stickers and washi to decorate my planner week with little to no white space showing. If you use a dotted style journal or bullet journal, you can be creative with colored pens and hand lettering. This is something I’m trying to get into because I LOVE the art of hand lettering!
Some people prefer to have their planner be more functional and professional looking. You can still incorporate your personality with color and some simple functional stickers. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something new. As I said before, YouTube is FULL of great channels devoted to planning and you can really get some fun and creative ideas. Here are a list of some of my favorite channels:
- PlussideAnnie Plans
- Scribble Prints Co.
- The Planner Sophisticate
Above everything, planning should be FUN! The picture above is what my planner looked like this past week “before the pen”. I like for my planner to be half scrapbook, half actual planner. It’s fun to look back on weeks and months past to see the things that I’ve accomplished and also to look at how I decorated for that week. Even if your planner is meant to be strictly functional, you can make it fun with colored pens and simple decorations.
I really hope this was helpful and that you are enjoying this blog series. Check out my last post: Start Planning – Choosing the Right Planner. What planning tips can you share with other readers?