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So in an effort to my Erin Condren (*) Life Planner to the best of its ability next year (you can see my review on the planner itself here), I have been picking up some things that are going to help me out. I am planning to use my planner (that sounds so silly), for meal planning, appointments, birthdays, B’s stuff, L’s stuff, just everything. Last year (well this year), I did a horrible job of tracking things and was just disorganized about too much stuff. But 2014, will be different! I hope! Here’s what I am planning:
Labels: I have birthday labels, No School labels, B Off Work Labels, etc. labels. These came with my planner, but I also ordered some custom ones as well. And I hear that Target has a great plain set in the dollar spot as well that people have been printing theirs on. I may try and find those.
Pens: I ordered the Erin Condren pens, but there are only 5 of them and I like lots of color options. These.are.fabulous. They are by “The Board Dudes” and are the Neon Ultra Fine Point Pens. They don’t bleed through the pages and are totally fun. I got mine at Target, but I think they have at Staples too. I have been staring at mine wishing I had some more plans for 2014…
~Labels / Flags: I’m not totally clear what I am going to do with these, but I love them. They were in the “One Spot” at Target and for $1 (well $0.80 since I used Cartwheel today when it was 20% off) I couldn’t resist. I may use them for things I am just not 100% sure on. Like B’s drill weekends. Things I want to put in my planner, but things that may end up changing so I don’t want to write in pen.
~Washi Tape: Everyone says that I need washi for my planner (and my life in general), so I am going with it. I picked up the set from Costco, a few rolls from Target (like the Glittery ones I found in the One Spot below) and Michaels and I am ready. I am going to pick a washi to kind of “theme” up my weeks and use it to tape around the borders of the days. Beyond that? Not too sure yet. Anyone???
~Pockets: And finally, I picked up some pockets to add to my planner because, well, I saw how some people had them in my planner and thought it looked cute. What will I put in them? Hmm, not totally sure yet.
Those are some of the ideas / plans I have for my 2014 Erin Condren planner. I am seriously hoping to get super organized and things planned in advance so I am not scrambling around at the last minute trying to figure out what to eat or looking in the fridge and realizing yeah, I haven’t been shopping in a while. Or even worse, having the doctor call and be like where are you, your appointment was 10 minutes ago.
If you use a planner, how do you use it? What do you use it for? And do you have any tips to help better utilize a paper planner? Do you carry it with you? I’m not sure what I am going to do yet. I am home most of the time, so I’m thinking of having it OPEN on my desk might work out best for me.