Holiday is the season of giving; but to some teens, students, or even young professionals, it’s a signal to ready their wallets, because their favorite coffeehouse chain is about to release another limited-edition planner! They don’t mind purchasing 12 to 18 stickers (where each costs the price of the drink) just to own that limited-edition journal.
If you’re guilty of the craze, you know the walling-level sadness when you realize the year has come to an end and a blot hasn’t even touched your planner.
Sayang, ‘no? Imagine, after you thrifted yourself, made tiis of the umay or the potential Tonsillitis or Diabetes from ingesting the sugary drinks, asked your friends to buy a drink so you can get more stickers, you still ended up with a sad, empty, and unused journal.
Planner with a Plano
There are certain reasons why you’re into collecting planners, and we don’t blame you for that. In fact, in light of this rave, we come up with seven useful tips so you can make the most of your journal:
1. Use the monthly view to write events that don’t change.
Planners are not meant solely for plans, vacations, and meetings. You can as well make the best of the monthly view to write down events that don’t change such as your friends’ birthday, holidays, bill cut-offs, and anniversaries.
2. Use weekly view to jot down your weekly tasks.
Whether it’s for school requirements, work to-do’s, or simply household activities, use the space in your weekly view to note the errands you need to run to. You can even write down your workout routine or menu plan!
Here’s an example:
|Cardio Day:||Leg Day:||Zumba Day||Core Day:||Arm Day:||Rest||Rest|
3. Scribble down daily reminders on the daily view.
Of course, we all have our own to-do lists and daily reminders and regardless of your purpose, use the daily view to note your daily reminders or routine.
Here’s an Example:
7:00 – 7:30 – Water the plants (Don’t forget or else, nanay will whack me with a slipper!)
7:30 – 8:30 – Go to supermarket for groceries
9:00 – TATAY’S COUGH MEDICINE. (Don’t forget din, or nanay will smack me more!)
9:00 – Janine’s Debut. Leave house at 7 kasi traffic everywhere, hello? AT WALA PA AKONG GIFT!
4. Doodle your heart out on the graphed pages.
In case you’re wondering about the purpose of the graphed pages in your planner, it’s for plotting mathematical functions (like the graphing notebook you had in your Trigonometry class in high school). However, don’t fret about leaving it lonely and untouched. You can draw or show off your calligraphy skills on these pages.
5. Save your favorite excerpts the old-fashioned way.
If you have nothing much to write in the “Notes” section, turn it into a gallery of your favorite movie lines, lyric strips, or quotes instead. Add it with doodles or paintbrush art if you like to add mood and color to it. You’re welcome!
6. Be Creative!
Are you familiar with creative bullet journal? It’s the same jot-down-your-tasks journal, but in a whole new level. Grab your colored pens, stickers, and other necessary art materials, and be creative on leveling up your journaling game.
7. Remember, it’s not your diary.
Most people confuse planner with a personal diary. If you decide to turn your newly stickers-redeemed planner into a diary, make sure to keep it personal. Likewise, to make it your official record of activities, ensure you will not include personal or private information in it. After all, who doesn’t want to brag a satisfying and crafty bullet journal?
What have you written on your planner so far? Share this to your planner fanatic friends, so theirs will not be lonely anymore!
Sources: Yin Teing, Marketing & Growth Hacking