Are you ready to unlock the magic of planning and turn it into an exciting and creative journey? If you’re like me, someone who loves stationery and notebooks and adores planners, then this is your ultimate guide to making planning a fun and enjoyable experience!
Gone are the days of mundane to-do lists and plain spreadsheets. It’s time to infuse your planning routine with bursts of color, doodles, and stickers galore! Grab your favorite planner – I’m a tad bit biased, but my fave is our Organized Chaos planner – and a handful of vibrant pens, and let’s dive into the world of planning!
I don’t know about you but I love to use items that bring me joy. So yes, even my planner needs to be pretty and purposeful.
1. Doodle Your Way to Delightful Days
Say goodbye to dull, uninspiring planners, and say hello to a whole new world of artistic possibilities! Doodling is one of the easiest ways to make planning fun.
You don’t have to be a master artist to doodle like a pro. Just let your imagination run wild! Tiny flowers, stars, or even motivational quotes in the margins of your planner. It adds a personal touch to your daily tasks and turns a simple grocery list into art.
2. Stickers Are Universal
Stickers aren’t just for kids; they’re the secret sauce to making your planner come alive! Additionally, whether you love cute animals, inspirational quotes, or funky icons, you can find a sticker for every mood and occasion.
Sprinkle stickers throughout your planner to highlight important events, and milestones, or simply to add a touch of playfulness to your daily schedule. Pro tip: Invest in a variety of sticker sheets, and you’ll be amazed at how they magically transform your planner pages!
3. Theme it Up!
Who said planning had to be monotonous? Try shaking things up and give each week, or month, a unique theme! Whether it’s “Tropical Paradise,” “Galactic Adventure,” or “Vintage Vibes,” having a theme gives your planning a purpose and helps set the tone for the days ahead. Decorate your spreads with images, washi tape, and stickers that match your chosen theme. It’s like hosting a party in your planner every week!
4. Celebrate Progress and Achievements
Planners aren’t just for writing down tasks; they’re a celebration of your life’s journey! I love the way the daily pages are set up in the Effie’s Paper Organized Chaos planner. The genius of our Organized Chaos Planner is that the pages are undated so that if you miss a day or two, no one’s holding it against you. This planner contains 252 pages to help you get stuff done and organize your life. The layout combines a monthly calendar and brain dump (see the layout above), your daily to-dos, your daily schedule, daily wins and an area to list those things that can roll over to the next day.
You can also create dedicated sections in your planner to jot down achievements, big and small. The Effie’s Paper planner, has built in sections to allow you to pat yourself on the back daily and catalog your weekly wins. You can also use these sections to record hitting fitness milestones or reading goals. Go ahead and give yourself applause. Celebrate those wins and keep that positive energy flowing!
5. Mix and Match Your Planning Styles
Remember, there are no rules when it comes to planning! You’re the master of your planner universe, and you get to choose how to structure your days. Mix and match different planning styles to find what works best for you.
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Maybe you prefer a weekly overview with a daily to-do list, or perhaps you love the flexibility of a bullet journal. Embrace what makes you feel comfortable and productive!
6. Share the Fun with Friends
Planning doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Gather your planner-loving friends for a planning party! Share ideas, swap stickers, and inspire each other to make planning an enjoyable activity for all. You might even discover new tips and tricks from your planner squad that elevate your planning game to a whole new level!
So there you have it, planner enthusiasts! Planning isn’t just about organizing your life; it’s an artistic canvas waiting for your unique touch. Embrace the planner life with open arms and let your creativity flow.
Whether you’re a minimalist planner or a maximalist dreamer, there’s no right or wrong way to make planning fun and fabulous! P.S. If you’ve been thinking about starting a travel journal, I’ve got some great tips for you – click here.
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