Getting Started

When you’re new to paper planning and first starting out, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The best advice is to keep things simple and don’t buy into the hype. Always remember that planning is simply a tool that helps you to focus on the future but most importantly take action on the present.

 

You don’t need to do what everyone else is doing! Just do you, planning is a personal process and it’s okay not to be perfect. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, try new things and really enjoy the journey.

 

You really don’t need much to get started. Don’t break the bank, here are a few free resources I have created to get you started. [ click here for free resources ]

Experiment

Yes! This is so much fun, you get to try things out and decide what works best for you. I started out by watching “plan with me” videos. If I saw something clever or practical that I liked. I tried it out for myself. If it worked for me I kept it, if it didn’t work I discarded it. I experimented with different ways I could improve the design to make it better suited to my needs. Make your planner work for you, your way, keep in mind that this is a process and it’s different for everyone.

Planner Supplies

Minimalism is best for your budget and guilt free. I am not saying that you can’t splurge and indulge a little when you want. But keeping your supplies to a minimum reduces clutter and helps you to stay focused on the task at hand, being more productive. You only need the essentials to get started.

Essentials

  • A binder OR a cheap grid notebook.

  • Printable planner inserts.

  • Pens that you love. I like gel pens but any pens will do the job.

  • Highlighters in a few colours.

Optional

  • Washi tape, super fun.

  • Decorative stickers.

  • Functional stickers.

  • Watercolour pens.

Ideas & Tips

Your planner is a place to keep all of your thoughts, dreams, goals and the day-to-day grind under wraps. To achieve ultimate productivity minimal planning is best. I recommend starting out small with your todo list and appointments and work your way up from there. Try different things and see what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to switch things out and challenge yourself. You’ve got this!

 

Some ideas of what to include in your planner.

  • Master

  • Overview

  • Review

  • Projects

  • Year at a glance

  • Brain Dump

  • Weekly Layout

  • Monthly Overview

  • Vision

  • Roap Map

  • Goals

  • Task List

  • Habits

Focus on what matters most and say goodbye to forgetfulness and feeling overwhelmed. Create a clear action plan with quarterly goal setting. Break down big projects and tasks into small achievable steps to keep focused. Stay on top of cleaning and clutter with a master task list. Keep all your ideas and big dreams in one place.