So you want to become a planner nerd like the rest of us eh? It’s a fun and rewarding hobby. A very useful one too. So welcome to the world of organizing & planning, in style!
My cousin is a newbie and I am currently helping her out. I am in the process of setting up her very first filofax. I found an A5 daytimer and it would be perfect for her! Anyways, here are some tips for all you who want to get started.
Get used to the idea of writing things down
|my pretty Erin Condren planner cover inside of a Kikki-K planner!|
|Erin Condren planner|
Some Alternatives to Filofax Binders
If you think you are ready for a Filofax but don’t want to spend a fortune you can find some cute and affordable ones from Paperchase or Kikki-K. Barnes and Nobles has the punctuate planner for very cheap as well! You can also find some Filofaxes on eBay.
|some kikki-k planners and my mulberry|
Next step is to find the perfect inserts! You can find some free printables on my blog or you can buy some. Find some free printables and
see how you like to plan first. Do you like planning every week? every
day? Do you like seeing everything at a glance like a monthly view? Or maybe
all three! Test it out first! If you buy from filofax, paperchase or kikki-k they usually come with weekly and monthly inserts. Use that for a while, then if you don’t like those you can order some cute ones from piaric on facebook, find some on wo2p inserts on etsy or try some free printables online.You can use this to help you print your free printables.
|insert view of my erin condren|
|my free printables|
|schedule those appointments|
Personalize it & make it fun!
Get a nice pen, some stickers, some washi tape, anything to keep you interested in your planner. Decorate and plan happily!
When you have your planner, you can start decorating. Most people buy all these planner goodies while waiting on their planner! Get some sticky notes, pens, paperclips, washi tape, journaling cards and other cute stationery extras. You can get these from arts and crafts stores, etsy shops, or print your own like these stickers here! These help keep you motivated to
stay organized with a planner, all while still being functional! You can find inspiration on how to decorate pages on instagram, YouTube or pinterest!
|washi tape, project life cards, corner rounder and others!|
|stickers from online shops|
|bookmarks and stick flags!|
Decide on sections in your Filofax. Make your own cute dividers or buy some on etsy! Some common sections in a Filofax include:
- Calendar – Yearly/Monthly
- Weekly (diary)
- To Do
It all really depends on your lifestyle. If you are a student, a stay at home mom, a blogger, or working every day. Make sections relevant to your life. What do you need to reference all the time? What do you need to write down to remember?
After a few weeks or days of using this system, you’ll be able
to see what is working for you or not. Change them up as you
need. Starting a planner is a lot of trial and error until you find your niche!
Start using that planner as much as you can! Keep your planner open and in sight. You’ll use it way more if it’s in view and get things done too! You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind”. So find a spot for your planner where you can constantly see your plans and start planning!