Getting Organised: My Planner
I thought it might be interesting - with it being September and all - for me to show you all my planning system; and how I utilise both paper and digital methods of planning.
I use a customisable A5 spiral-bound planner from Personal-Planner. When you order a Personal-Planner you can completely customise how your pages look. Mine has vertical columns, monthly spreads, and personal to-do lists which make it perfect for organising my life. Mine just has a plain teal cover but I have decorated it with a sticker I got from RedBubble that says 'Girls don't want boys, girls want equal pay and sick beats.' I love it. The website even allows you to choose patterns or upload photographs to further personalise your planner.
As much as I love my paper planner, I will admit that I still use my iPhone's built in calendar. Occasionally I don't have room to carry my planner and it's really easy for seeing my month at a glance. In addition, my university allows me to subscribe to my timetable using my calendar - meaning that I can keep track of any room changes or class cancellations. I always have trouble remembering my room allocations so it really is invaluable. I also like to forward plan with my phone as I'm really weird about putting things in to my planner when they're not concrete.
However every week, items from my phone get migrated to my paper planner which is great for keeping track of urgent tasks, blog posts, gym visits and the like. My planner has a 'To-Do' box towards the bottom of the page that I use to outline writing that needs to be done that week (either blog posts or newspaper articles), and also a 'Training' box that I use to track my exercise (which has totally been empty for the last couple weeks - oops).
I also love to decorate my planner with stickers. I do often make the stickers myself using label paper, however sometimes I do get sucked in to Etsy sticker shops. I use stickers to draw attention to certain events (like birthdays), tasks (like uni readings), and blog posts. I've really found that decorating my planner makes me more likely to use it. I really enjoy browsing Instagram for inspiration but be careful; there's an entire Insta/Youtube fandom dedicated to planning and it's super easy to get lost for hours on the internet.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my planner! I do want to do some more specific posts in the future dedicated to how I plan certain things for university, blogging, and my other responsibilities.
Do you use a paper planner - or do you stick to digital planning?