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How I Stay Organized | Plan with Me

Thursday, July 25, 2019

This post includes gifted items. The planner pictured above was gifted for review by House of A on Etsy. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Mads Maybe.

Is it really that time of year again?! Some of y'all are preparing to go back to school, so it's time for my annual planner post! My organization for my paper planner is almost exactly the same as last year, but I've added a few additional resources that help keep me organized in other ways and I can't wait to discuss those with y'all as you plan with me in this post!

Weekly Planner

First, I want to introduce y'all to this cool weekly planner I was gifted for review. It's from House of A on Etsy and there are several other pretty options along with the tropical leaves theme that I have. I love this planner because you can sit it on your desk or wherever you are most often and see your entire week at a glance. It's a convenient place to write detailed to-do lists for each day of the week and it's super helpful for me personally planning social media and blog posts. It's also very high quality — the pages aren't thin and they're attached on two sides so your sheet doesn't come off until you're ready for it to come off.

I love that if I'm on vacation or not busy one week, I don't have to waste a page because there are no dates {just the days of the week} and this planner is really flexible for students who have time off during summer or holidays and need a place to plan their week days and school work. There are also two smaller sections for writing notes about the weekend and what's happening next week that you don't want to forget, as well as a small notes section for things that may not be taking place on a specific day or things you just want to have a reminder of every day.

I am so thrilled with this new way to plan and I can't recommend it enough for students, especially those who find that a traditional academic planner isn't for them. I also think this is perfect for ladies who work at their desk all day because it doubles as a mousepad.

Paper Planner

If y'all remember my planner post from last year, I mentioned that I use my paper planner as more of a journal where I mainly write what has happened, along with what's going to happen. Now that I'm looking back on that post, I had forgotten how colorful and full my pages were! I'm definitely going to try to get back on that level soon. I honestly couldn't even find a page that was full and worthy of posting in this post that didn't have personal details, so I highly recommend referencing back to that post because WOW, was that paper planner section good! 

The only difference this year is that I have a craft store brand planner instead of the Happy Planner. It looks very, very similar inside though and I still have a vertical layout. I didn't get a Happy Planner for 2019 because I couldn't find one that I liked. I'm loving my store brand planner though.

In the photo for the month view below, you can see that I write primarily events and trips in this overview so I can plan my social media posts for this month based on what fun days are taking place – like national french fry day! – and this helps me remember right away when I'll be out of town or at an event weeks in advance. 

iPhone Notes App

I can't even explain how much I love and use the iPhone Notes app and yes, I mean the one that's predownloaded on your phone, not something fancy from the app store. I always have my phone with me, so I'm always able to reference the information I put in there and save my thoughts whenever they cross my mind. I have notes for blog post ideas, Instagram content, and to-do lists.

I've started keeping a "month at a glance" note where I write down events that are taking place throughout the month, my content calendar, and things I have to do on specific days. It's so easy and convenient to jot your thoughts within this app, especially things that might be changing and indefinite. Plus, I feel so accomplished when I delete the things I've done and that to-do list gets shorter and shorter. I honestly feel like writing down all of my ideas into this app has sparked my creativity and I have so many more potential ideas to consider when I'm creating content.

Digital Sticky Notes

One year later, I still have multiple sticky notes open on my laptop home screen. The text on them may have changed {for the most part} but the concept is definitely still the same. I type tasks that I need to do online on these so I remember when I open up my laptop. I know not everyone has Pinterest tasks that they need to remember, but it can also be a helpful way to remember when you need to change passwords or send certain emails. 

These are also really useful for saving ideas because you could be doing anything on your laptop and suddenly have a thought and pull up a sticky note and type it in and then continue on with your task. I'm all about documenting your thoughts and ideas digitally lately because it's so easy to just delete them when they're complete or if you change your mind about it, and you're not wasting any paper on these indefinite ideas, which usually encourages me to type as much as I want without limiting myself. 

Dry Erase Wall Planner

Another new edition I have this year is my dry erase wall calendar. I write events on it just like in the monthly view of my paper planner. It's nice because I can see it any time I'm in my room, even when I'm not looking at my planner, and I'm able to plan ahead. I can also glance at it in the morning to remember specific events so I know if I need to dress a certain way or bring something with me.

It seems like every year I'm adding another element to my planning process. It definitely helps me to write or type everything down because I'm so forgetful and I have so many different things going on between my job, volunteering, and creating the content that I love. I guess you can never be too organized, so I totally recommend trying out some of these different methods for planning and seeing what's the most helpful for you. I can definitely say that my creative process has improved as I've developed my organizational system over the years and my personal brand has been strengthened by the consistency I've found through planning ahead. 

So now, I'm curious: are you more of a paper planner or a digital planner? 

P.S. If you want to check out my previous planner posts, here's 20182017, and 2015. I didn't realize I skipped 2016! I think it was because I was using a planner that I didn't really love that year.