H e l l o everyone! My name is Mitzi and I am the proud owner of the blog The Innovative Latina. Today Yesi is letting me do a mini takeover on her blog. I virtually met Yesi via Instagram and I was super excited to learn that not only was she a fellow blogger but that she loves planners too! She is the absolute sweetest person and I couldn’t wait to do this collaboration with her. If you missed her guest post on my blog yesterday, you can check it out here.
As I enter my second year of planning, I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips that I think are super important for anyone to know when starting to use a planner. You can read all about my journey into the planner community on my blog. Fast forward to today, I’d like to think that I’ve gained enough experience in this planning community to be able to help others start their planning journey.
I know that most of you have heard of the quote “If I knew then, what I know now…” Well that couldn’t be more true especially in my situation. I wish that I had someone to help me when I first started because I am ashamed to admit to the craziness that came over me for far too long.
With that said, here are My Top 10 Tips to help you start your planning journey!
1. CREATE A BUDGET - Before you even browse at all of the different planners that are out there, create a budget for yourself as to just how much you want to spend on this new found hobby/venture. Based on how much you can afford to spend, you can narrow down just how much you should spend on the actual planner itself and then you can factor in the other goodies as you go along.
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH – Believe me when I say that there are all types of planners that are available either online or in your local craft stores. You should definitely sign up for promotional emails so that you can use any coupons that are available. You will notice that planners come a variety of sizes and if you plan to carry the planner with you on a daily basis, this will help you determine what size would work best for you.
5. PLANNER ACCESSORIES / DECORATIONS – My best advice is to start small! Buy a small pack of washi tape, one or two sticker books that not only offer the most stickers for your money but those that will work for what you will be using your planner for. Make sure to stock up on your favorite pen(s) as you will be doing a lot of writing and plenty of post it notes.
Also, it is important to remember that not everyone’s budget is the same as yours therefore you have to know your limits and stick to the budget that you have created. While everyone loves to support small businesses including myself, it is very possible to go overboard on buying stickers from Etsy shops. For my own budget reasons, I have successfully avoided this potential habit. In the two years that I have been planning, I have only ordered stickers three times from Etsy and two of them were from the same shop.
Disclaimer: Please know that I am in no way discouraging anyone from purchasing from Etsy as I always give credit to everyone who owns an Etsy shop. I know that it takes dedication, patience and a lot of hard work. I am simply stating that just like anything else, it can become an expensive habit.
9. GET CREATIVE - Find other methods of decorating your planner. There are tons of free planner printables available on Pinterest that you can print at home by purchasing inexpensive Avery label paper at either Walmart, Target or Amazon. If you are a crafty person, you can also create your own stickers by using whatever program you’d like and incorporate them into labels. Find a picture of a grocery cart, resize it and use it as reminders for grocery related things in your planner, the same for laundry, etc. You can find tons of videos on You Tube that show you how to create your own DIY dividers, planner covers, and more.
Well I hope that you have all enjoyed the tips that I have shared with you today. For me, planning has kept me super organized and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be thinking about starting to use a planner. I hope that my tips will help guide you while you choose the planner that will work best for you. I can't wait to see which one you pick! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram so that we can stay connected and share some planner inspiration.