I’ve always referred to myself as neat and organized, but if I’m being completely honest, it comes and goes (like most things in life, right?). While I was in college, my life would get more stressful around times like midterms and finals, which often made planning my workload, events, to-dos and more feel like a chore. But who doesn’t envy the girl with the perfectly organized planner who seemingly has her life all together? I know I certainly do when I’m not that put together!
So, how do you become her? The one with the beautiful, enviable planner full of memos and a color-coded system, washi tape, and more? Well, I have a few tips that were inspired by a recent and incredibly fun event at Dylan’s Candy Bar put on by my friends at Erin Condren, a wonderful brand known for their custom planners and other stationary. Afterward, I was motivated to get more organized and share some advice on how you can get organized too. Keep reading below to hear and see more!
1. Fall in love with your planner.
This is a bit broad, I know, but you should absolutely love your planner. If it’s associated with something fun, beautiful, or enjoyable, you’re much more likely to want to use it to its full potential! One way you can do this, which Erin Condren is fantastic at, is by personalizing it. If you get an Erin Condren Life Planner™, you can customize it! I absolutely adore floral prints and watercolor so I picked out this gorgeous one for mine. I also love, love, love gold so my coil is gold. You can put your name on it, change the cover colors or style, and so on. Almost whatever you dream up, you can do! Honestly, it’s one of the most stylish ways to stay organized I’ve found.
2. Plan daily and weekly.
Make it a point to sit down each day and go through your planner. See what is coming up that day, week, or month. By having these things on my radar, my stress level is often lowered and I’m more motivated to tackle everything I have coming up. You can even scratch out what’s already taken place or what you’ve accomplished. Write down new ideas, meetings, and to-dos. Treat your planner almost as if it’s a journal and put your memos in there too. I try to plan each morning and typically every Sunday. If you get into a schedule, you’ll get into the habit of using your planner. In order to stay put together, consistency is key, even during those hard times like midterms and finals. Sticky notes are helpful too, especially when writing out your to-dos.
3. Make planning more simple.
Much like the positive association I mentioned in the first tip, you’ll enjoy staying organized more if you make it easier for yourself. Many people don’t use a planner because they’re too overwhelmed by the process of planning itself. So, having a planner may be the first step, but making sure you keep it neat and easy for yourself is also crucial. Erin Condren has a lot of products that do just this. A few of my favorites include the sticker book, snap-in to-do list dashboard, and dual-tip markers. However, there are plenty of accessories to plan simply!
P.S. If you want to snag any Erin Condren products, you can get 15% off your pruchase with the code GETSOCIAL15 for being a LPM reader. It expires July 31st so be sure to use it soon! What are your best planner organization tips? Have you heard of Erin Condren or tried any of the products? Let me know in the comments down below!
This post was brought to you by Erin Condren, but all opinions are my own.