About a month ago, I wrote a first-impression review of my inkWELL Press liveWELL Planner. I gushed about the beautiful design, high-quality paper, the set-up videos Tonya sends once you have made a purchase, and the extra features that made me even more excited to start using it.
I promised that once I started using it for awhile and figured out what works best for me, I would share some of my tips + tricks. So here I am… back again to talk about how I use my inkWELL Press planner to make my life
a little a lot easier.
[side note: these tips can be used no matter what planner/organizer you use]
1. COLOR CODING
I didn’t plan on doing this right away, but after a couple weeks it started to make the most sense to me. I like being able to glance at my monthly or weekly views and know what is on my agenda for the day just based on color. I use black for general information/meetings/to-do lists, red for work, pink for special occasions/birthdays/anniversaries, and navy blue for church-related functions, in case you’re interested in what I use specifically.
2. ERASABLE PENS
These have changed my life. Seriously. The only time I have written in pencil in the last five years is for scan-tron tests when I was in college and that’s because I had to (word on the street is that you can use pen now… go figure), but I hate having to scribble when I mess up writing in pen. When I was researching what planner I wanted to buy, I kept hearing about the Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens and knew I wanted to try them out. If you’re a pen-user that makes mistakes sometimes (AKA most everyone), you need these in your life. I’ve never used an erasable pen that actually erases until I found these. You can buy them at Walmart or office supply stores, but I purchased mine on Amazon.
3. SEPARATE COLUMNS WITHIN EACH DAY
I started doing this very shortly into the new year and it’s made the biggest difference in how I stay organized. When I’m planning out the future week, I use the ruler/page marker that was included with the planner to divide each day into two separate columns. On the left-hand side, I write down any meetings, events, birthdays, etc. that I have going on that day. On the right-hand column, I have a to-do list. I’ve found that it’s more streamlined this way and easier to read at-a-glance.
4. WRITING DOWN SCHEDULED BLOG POSTS
I have a separate notebook where I write down blog post notes or prompts for linkups, but I like to see what posts I have scheduled for the week. This planner has three sections for each day labeled “meals, “home”, and “fitness.” I cross off the “meals” label and write in the title of what will be posted that day. That way, I can see what I have coming up and what I still need to write.
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I hope my trial + error has helped you to figure out what works best for you and your specific planner. Do you have any tips that work for you? I would love to hear them!