How I Plan: A Look Inside My Organized Planner

by katie

I’ve recently fallen for the planner addiction a lot of people have also fallen for. I couldn’t find one that I liked. I wanted something simple with large spaces to print on. I came across this one at and loved the fact that I was able to customize the cover!

I found this pretty planner and instantly fell in love. I liked the little gold heart and the pretty pastel pink. My name also appears in their gold color. It’s spiral bound and sturdy. It’s well put together with a plastic cover front and back. You can find this design and more HERE.

On the inside cover, I was able to have my name and number (not shown, of course) printed on the inside for no additional cost. Below that is a Tiny Tulips preppy whale sticker. I love this sticker so I had to put it here in the front. 
The page over was blank with a spot to write additional information, but I decided to cover it with this striped paper. With everything you order from Minted comes this paper with a printed thank you or invoice on the other side in a plain brown folder. I turned the invoice around and used the stripes as the dashboard with funky washi-inspired stickers to decorate. I guess I have a thing for owls. 🙂
Taped to the dashboard is a post-it color coding each topic I may record here in the planner. Light blue – blogging, pink – home, green – bills due, etc. This helps me instantly notice my tasks.
This is an example of the monthly outlook page. I jot down anything I know that may be coming up or things I don’t plan on adding on a day-to-day basis. As you can see, I have a thing for random stickers including Olaf. Love him!

Below is an example of the weekly sections. I’ve decorated with more stickers and washi tape.

This is a pocket in the back where I store my stickers. I mostly use these long stickers with the owls and dots to do edges or add a little color to a day. The owls are super cute, right? 
The labels to the left I’ve used mostly for writing quotes I come across that inspire me or I don’t want to forget. You can see them above. 

This is the reverse side of the pocket and holds some post-its with some notes on them and across from that is the sheet of stickers that came with the planner. I love the colors. Behind these are page tags.

These are the folders I told you about that came from Minted when I ordered my planner and other things. The one on the right is more of a pocket and holds my daily schedule. On the outside I taped the label to a book I reviewed last year. The publishers were kind enough to take a quote from my review and include it on the book jacket. How awesome is that?! I am so honored by it, I saved it and added it to my planner so I can see it every day!
The folder on the right is attached to my planner with simple paper clips. The heart clips are from the Dollar Tree. Super affordable and really cute! I store my page tabs and more post-its inside the folder with some spare paper clips.
These are the pens I use. I also keep some highlighters nearby so I can really make sure I don’t forget anything. The purple washi tape is from the Dollar Tree and the gold and red washi rolls are from as well.

This whole planner thing is working out great! I finally can organize and manage my tasks according to day and importance. I don’t forget anything anymore and love personalizing it!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you use a planner? What kind do you use? Include a link below if you’ve posted about it. I love checking them out!

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Powell River Books April 21, 2015 - 1:30 am

When I worked I meticulously used a day planner to make sure I kept on track. Since I retired, I let my iPhone to-do list handle my schedule. I feel so much better now that I have fewer deadlines and must-dos. – Margy

Kate Lynn April 21, 2015 - 11:32 am

I tried to use the calendar and planner in my phone but with all of the blog stuff, it was way to much so it's easier to jot it down really quick for easy reference. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Mustlovehome April 21, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Hi Kate, thank you for sharing your super cute planner. I bought one and have yet to use it…your ideas for personalizing have inspired me to get mine out again and put it to use! Love the dollar store supplies:) Have a fantastic day! It would be so nice to see you link a post at the Friday Favorites Link Party, which goes live every Thursday at 7PM. Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

Kate Lynn April 22, 2015 - 11:59 pm

Thanks! Dollar store anything is always great! I'll do my best to remember to link up! Thanks for the invite. 🙂

collettakay April 21, 2015 - 1:13 pm

I love my planner and have been using one for years! Right now my planner is a beach themed planner I bought at Wal-Mart. I usually schedule it out either Saturday or Sunday for the week ahead. I keep all 4 of our schedules on one, so anyone in the family can look and see what is going on. Thanks for the past. Love your planner!

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Kate Lynn April 23, 2015 - 12:00 am

Awesome. Color coding allows me to bundle categories too!

Stacey April 21, 2015 - 5:12 pm

I'm always interested in what others use. I haven't found "my" system yet but I really need one.

Kate Lynn April 23, 2015 - 12:01 am

I still have yet to perfect it. I'm not entirely sure if this one will work permenantly, but it's going great for now.

Grace Esedeke April 22, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Thank you Kate for sharing this with us. I have a planner I use– both handy and on my Pc. Only that my Journal seems a little boring. I have been thinking of what and how to decorate it. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Kate Lynn April 23, 2015 - 12:03 am

There are a lot of great things to decorate your planner on Erst that are inexpensive and super cute, but I went with dollar store items for now until I find a cohesive decor plan. Hope this helps. 🙂

Carmia April 23, 2015 - 7:05 am

I love seeing other people's planners. Yours is so colourful with all the cute stickers. Thank you for sharing!

The adventures of Jolly and Happy April 24, 2015 - 3:15 am

I'm always on the hunt for ways to keep myself better organized. Your planner is simply the cutest!! Thanks for sharing!


LV April 25, 2015 - 12:35 am

Never kept a journal, but do use a calender as my reminder.

Sherry Jolly April 25, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Love it! Totally inspired 🙂


Katherines Corner April 25, 2015 - 10:57 pm

I used to journal a lot when I was young. But I absolutely love a good planner. Yours is terrific. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

Kimberly Lewis April 27, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Great post! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

Mustlovehome April 30, 2015 - 2:35 pm

This looks excellent! You are really amazing!! You have been Pinned, tweeted and posted to Facebook! Your post will be featured this week on the Friday Favorites Link Party at Come by and see your feature and share another of your favorite posts! The party goes live Thursday at 7PM. I hope to see your there…Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home


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