#HowToAdult: Using A Planner Effectively

As a 22 year old, I'm technically considered an adult (barf), but the reality is I just cant even when it comes to adult-ish things. I can barely grocery shop or keep my apartment clean, and most of the time I want to lay in bed all day (oops). One thing I'm particularly good at is planning. I freakin' LOVE planning, one of my favorite times of the year is buying school supplies, because that means I can get a new planner. I'm coming at ya with some tips to plan effectively as an adult - because if you're gonna go out and buy a 36 dollar Lilly planner, you might as well use it.

1// Research: The planner market today is huge. In my 4 college years I've tried a Lilly Pulitzer planner, an Erin Condren Life Planner, and I just recently purchased a Day Designer from the BlueSky Target Edition. They're all so different, and it's important to do some research before you purchase a planner. Figure out what you're looking for - is it large spaces for busy days, or a section for to-do's and grocery lists? Each of my planners have been different, and my favorite so far has been the Day Designer, because of it's hourly time slots. Which one will work best for you?

2// Design: Found the perfect planner? Great! Now how are you going to use it? I've seen some people use 3 different planners per semester - one for school, one for personal obligations, and one for work. If you aren't looking to invest in 3 different planners, try a color coding system to organize all of your life within one planner. 

3// Utilize sticky notes: I keep sticky notes at my teacher desk and my personal desk at home. That way they're easily accessible and I don't have to waste time searching for them when I actually want to use them. I like that they're perfect because of how movable they are. I don't have to worry about erasing, and they're great for short lists. I mainly use these in my teacher planner, but sometimes I'll throw them in my regular planner. 

4// Keep it visible: Do you ever clean out your room and find something that you've been looking for forever? You automatically feel better because you've found something that you once enjoyed and needed. A planner is completely ineffective if you lose it or stash it away on a bookshelf. I carry my Day Designer with me 90 percent of the time. It goes with me to class, work, and home. I try to keep it visible at all times so I stay up to date on things I need to do. 

If you've caught the planner bug and are ready to get started, check out some of these other resources from my blogger friends! Let me know what kind of planner you have & how you use it!