Organizing My Life – My Paper Planner & Accessories

I’m a person that needs to write it down on paper, otherwise it doesn’t get done. Seriously sometimes at home if I’m overwhelmed I write myself a to-do list of the simplest tasks to keep me going. Before we left for vacation I literally wrote down “shower” as one of my tasks the day before leaving haha.

I wanted to share the paper planner and products I use to keep organized because I am a GEEK about this stuff, and I know there are others out there just like me. 🙂

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I have a notebook (the tan and gold one in the above photo) for blog planning, but that will be for another post. 🙂

First, outside of a paper planner, Dave and I use Google Calendar to keep synced up with each other.

We’ve been using this system for years and it’s super helpful. Dave’s calendar is red, my calendar is purple and this year I just gave Sadie her own calendar in green so it stands out to us, since her schedule gets pretty full with activities and stuff. This way we can easily check and see if something is planned for any given day and update in real time with new events, without having to call, check a paper calendar, etc. I know there are apps made specifically for this sort of thing but Google Calendar works for us!

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Now onto the paper planner. Not only do I use it for all the various activities and events that we have going on in our lives, but I also use it as a place to house all of my daily to-do’s.

I’ve tried SO MANY PLANNERS over the years. I had a Filofax for a few years, I’ve tried Happy Planners and Erin Condren and random other ones and nothing felt right – until last year! At HomeGoods of all places I found my holy grail planner – from the brand Fringe. I can’t find the one I have online, but it’s now my 2nd year using a Fringe planner and I love it! It is similar to this one.

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On the inside cover I’ve added a key and a mini calendar.

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I added this calendar to align with some of my yearly goals – getting up with my alarm and running/working out on the treadmill. The calendar is a printable and I just shrank it down to fit within my planner. I keep track of the days I wake up with my alarm (obviously not weekends because NO) and when I run.

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The key is something I implemented last year and it works for me still. I use different colors within my planner to keep track of everything. For examples – Sadie is dark pink, work items are purple, appointments are light purple, social activities are light green, so forth and so on. I also use black for my day to day to-do lists with a light blue bullet point. If its something I know ahead of time I need to do that day, I just write it in light blue. (It just works for me!)

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And here’s a full week in action. This was right before a trip – you can see a bunch of tasks I needed to take care of (including a parking ticket!) stuff for work, Sadie, and more. I was leaving for my work trip on Saturday, so my flight information was listed there for my reference as well.

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Most weeks look like this, if not busier!

At the beginning of each month I add in any birthdays or anniversaries I need to keep track of, and I use this page as a reminder of what cards I need to purchase for the month. Here’s a peek at March’s reminders.

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I better start buying those cards now!

Last but certainly not least are my pens! Like most people I’m obsessed with the Paper Mate Flair felt tip pens. I love the color variety and the fact that they don’t bleed through the pages. I actually have two sets – one that I carry around with me and one I keep at home! I use an old Ipsy pouch to carry them around, along with some pens (I only write in blue), a Sharpie, highlighter and some Wite-Out correction tape.

Paper Mate Flair Pens | Perks of Being a JAP |

I really want the limited edition CandyPop Flair pen set, but I am so set in my colors that I use in my planner that I don’t know what I’d do with them. But they’re so pretty!

And that’s how I keep my myself organized with my daily planner!

Do you use a paper planner or are you digital only? What accessories do you use?

I tried doing the whole sticker things in my planner but it was just too much for me and made me feel like yet another thing I had to keep up with, pretty layouts and all, vs helping me stay organized.

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  1. Thanks for linking up with Keep It Together. I love seeing how people use their planners HomeGoods is awesome, so I love that you found your perfect planner there. I like using stickers and washi tape, but I don’t go all out and I tend to decorate more AFTER the fact. I use a lot of colored pens though and that makes things look more fun. I like your color-coded system for different things/people. That’s super handy! Those pens are fantastic – I really do need more of them. I really need to get some white out tape too.

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  2. I use a paper planner too. I want to do a little better with color coding! I want to use those flair pens but I’m set on using erasable because I make a lot of mistakes!

  3. Definitely a paper planner as well! I’d been using the planners for the last few years, and love them. But it wasn’t really working for me — so I’ve switched to an Ink + Volt planner. I’ve been using a lot of stickers to help keep it visually interesting, and mildliners — which are like highlighters, but not neon for the most part. I still use a digital calendar for a lot of things, especially to have reminders pop up (which are live savers!).
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  4. Soo fun! Isn’t it amazing when you find just the right planner?! I love this one and am going to check it out on Amazon! 🙂 I like your dot tracking right in the front. That is such a clever idea! I should probably digitally plan just a bit better than I do. All I track right now are my ARCs to review. 🙂 I can see how it would be handy to have things in my phone in addition to on paper! 🙂 XO, Alexandra

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    • If I didn’t have a calendar to share with my husband I’m not sure I’d have a digital calendar in addition to the paper planner… but maybe because its so easy to refer to when I’m out and about!

  5. I’ve never had much luck using a paper planner but I am trying to get better about it! I try to keep it open throughout my workday so I remember to refer to it and make notes in it. I’m so inspired by your color-coding system, though. I need to invest in some pens like that!
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  6. I LOVE planner posts. Using planners just makes me happy too. Those pens are so great!
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  7. I am right there with you on jotting down things I need to do, even if they are obvious. Nothing makes me happier than crossing things off of my ‘to do’ list. I have used a notebook for years and years and years. I once left one in a hotel. I never got it back and I felt so violated and lost. (Mostly lost, because I am confident whoever found it just chucked it). I don’t have a calendar in my notebook – just my list of things to do. I start a new list every few days and write the date at the top of the list. No time for color coding or cute pens, I just write stuff down and cross it off. I use an enormous dry erase board in my kitchen as my calendar. I am home a lot, and if I am not home I call and ask someone to tell me what is on such and such date. The notebook I currently use is from Target. The kids got it for me last Christmas. It has a fabric cover with a zipper pouch, which is handy for receipt storage or bills or important papers and a spare pen. I now have a million slips of paper stuffed inside the front cover of the notebook, and am almost out of pages. I will have to go back to Target!

  8. I love that you use a planner. We use Google Calendar at work (although there are still some people who haven’t adopted it and that’s so annoying because it makes life so much easier!!), but back home I’ve been using a bullet journal for the last year…. I love writing stuff down and also having ample space to just brain storm.
    I used to use Erin Condren and Inkwell Press Planners but wanted to see if the bullet journal works better for me. I am glad you found a planner that is working for you!!
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    • I love the idea of a bullet journal but I like having it all laid out for me already. I find notebooks are easy for me to keep track of other things I want, outside of my planners.


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