Thursday, September 24, 2015

Getting Organized

I recently got my Emily Ley Simplified Planner in the mail.

2016 DAILY Simplified Planner - Mint Dot

I have always loved planners.  I think my first one was from American Girl...it had a bunch of fun stickers and different things to go with it.  I used them all the way from jr. high school to college.  I color coded them according to subject and different social events.  However, I have gotten out of practice using one.  I have been brainstorming the best way to utilize my new planner for my life now.  

I still like the idea of color coding.  I came across these colored pens and love the fact that they are erasable. 

Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker - 12 Color Set - PILOT SFC-120M-12C 

However, I am not sure if hauling around different colored pens is the best way to go.  

My awesome blog designer, Erin @ Fun, Love and Football, along with another blogger, recently opened up Plan in Color, an etsy shop where you can get stickers to help organize your planner.  I am a big fan of these stickers!  I thought these might be a good alternative to using colored pens, but still allow me to do the color coding.

16 Appointment Box Stickers - Pastel Colors - Erin Condren - Life Planner   

My question for you all is...how do you stay organized with your planner?  Do you use different colored pen, stickers, or even an entirely different system?  I would love to hear ideas!


18 comments:

  1. I was totally the same way growing up and I told ya I'm still ordering planners! I actually think colored pens help because the minute you look you can distinguish what you have to do {work stuff, exercise, dates, etc}. I gotta check those stickers out!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  2. I love everything about this--organization!! I like color coding things, too. Sticky tabs, colored pens...but like you I wouldn't want to carry around all of those pens with me

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  3. An American Girl planner? I had no idea those existed! I have been using a planner since 6th grade when my school made us buy one. I use an Erin Condren planner and I tote it around in my purse every singe day! I don't have a color-coded system so I'm probably not as organized as most people. But I have certain areas where I write certain things and I circle days my husband gets paid and put a square when I get paid....just little stuff like that. I'm interested to see how other people organize their planners!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. A girl after my own heart!! I am planner and organized crazed!!! The pens alone have me swooning. Lol!!

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  5. I always have and always will love my planner and carry it around with me like a baby. I can't wait to see if you like that Emily Ley planner because I have had that in the back of mind…and erasable pens?? I've never heard of them!

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    1. I hadn't heard of the pens either, but oh my goodness, what a great idea!

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  6. Man I miss the days with planners! I've switched to 100% online calendars now and it just isnt the same! Maybe I should go shopping for a 2016 one...

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  7. There's not much I love more than planning & organizing! I color code my planner with my pens and it really helps me!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  8. Oh my gosh THANK YOU for the shout-out, you are so sweet! :) I always have attempted to color code but then never have the right color at the right time I need to write something down!! ;)

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  9. I use a blue pen for all of my to do's and then I use a few different colors for other things that I need to stand out... purple for birthdays and anniversaries, green for fitness tracking, pink for dinner, black for monthly and semi annual things like our dog's heart worm meds, changing air filters, oil changes, etc. I would love to color code more extensively than that, but it's just not practical carrying around 1,800 different pens. Lol.

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  10. I don't have a planner. I want to be one of those people, but I'm not. I tried to get one to use this year, but I just couldn't. I think maybe if I bought one of the fancy planners I could, and if I had things to color-code. I really hated the Target one I bought. Maybe I'll try again some day!

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  11. I have the ban.do planner, but I really use different pen colors, post its (those are littered through out the entire planner), and tabs to plan out things.

    Did you get that planner because of the name ;)
    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  12. I use highlighters. Usually I just write things down with a pen on the fly. But I go through it and color code it with highlighters every week or so. :) I love color coding.

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  13. I always start out color coding in near perfect handwriting and keep track of things meticulously but by a few months I'm scribbling with whatever pen is nearby. I think that planners are impossible to keep perfect and organized, at least if you're me. Adorable planner though, and I love those sticker ideas!!

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    1. That is how I normally am, too! I am going to try my hardest to keep it neat, though!

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  14. I totally had the American girl planner!! haha that's so awesome! Planners make me so happy and feel so organized :) I love Erin! and her shop is sooo dang cute and makes planners even more fun :)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  15. I color code my planner too! I have five different color highlights and it helps me tremendously! Just last week I bought about 15 highlighters at Target (I promise there was a good sale!) because I hate to even think about running out!

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