I am a huge advocate for using a planner to plan out your days and weeks. My planner has helped me so much with remembering to do certain tasks, and staying on top of everything in life. Without it, my life and I would honestly be an unorganized mess. But to be honest, planning can be a bit boring. With just black ink to a page, it can make things a bit dull and un-motivating to actually use the planner. So to help, here are some ways you can make planning more fun!
Different Fonts & Text Styles
Fonts are an easy way to change up your to-do list. Get a spare sheet of paper, search for your favorite fonts, practice writing them, and make a font reference page. You can write in script, block letter, all capital letters or all lower case, it really is all up to what you prefer. Don’t forget to bold words you want to stand out and italicize others.
Color, Color, and more Color
Adding color can help liven up the page and make checking your planner less dull. My favorite way to add color is to use highlighters. The ones I use are mildliner by Zebrathat I got off of Amazon. The colors are beautiful pastel shades and each one comes with a highlighter and marker side. You can highlight words, use markers to underline or trace over words, or simple just color in some areas.
Separate each section with shapes/designs
This is one of my favorite ways to change up each week’s pages. Not only does it help add something visually interesting, but it also sections off different to-do lists. I personally use this to section off my everyday to-do list and my blogging/creative to-do list, but you can do this for work, college, or anything else.
You can do something as simple as shapes (rectangles, squares, circles, etc.), or get a bit more fancy using lines, thought bubbles, and so much more. You also can add sticky notes if you don’t want to commit to drawing anything, and I find Target’s dollar sections has some great ones!
If you’re more of the artistic type, or even if you’re not, use the extra space in your planner to draw or doodle! You can draw something that relates to your day/week, or whatever come to mind. It doesn’t have to be perfect, after all it is just your planner.
Add photographs and quotes
If you don’t want to draw in your planner, print off some photos you love and tape them into your planner. I personally love to have a theme for each week. You can also write one of your favorite quotes once a week for some added inspiration and motivation.
And last but not least, stickers are a fun way to add some life to your planners page. My planner comes with stickers, but you can find inexpensive, unique ones on Amazon and Etsy!
And those are some ways you can make planning more fun! Play around with different styles (I would suggest doing this in a separate notebook first), and find what works best for you. It will take a bit more time, so give yourself one evening a week to make a weekly spread design. Pinterest and Tumblr will also be your best friend for finding inspiration!
Are you a planner? If so, how do you plan & layout your weeks/days?