Organisation and planning helps us to feel motivated and in control of our daily lives. Planners are a great way to support mental health. They relieve our brains from anxiety. You can stop remembering something the second you write it down. You can let it go and concentrate on more important things. A planner will also help you sleep at night. If everything is written down and planned and accounted for, you won’t worry about it when you should be sleeping. You know that when you wake up, your planner will tell you exactly what you need to know for any given day. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been lucky enough to have the creator of the Brisbane Planner Markets, Bianca De Sousa, complete her QUT student psychology placement at Scope. She’s put together her ultimate planner guide for us to share with you. Enjoy!
Let me introduce you to planners! ‘Isn’t that the same thing as a paper diary?’ you might ask. Well, yes and no. I’m going to show you that organising your life can be both enjoyable and pretty at the same time.
Where to Start
A planner is essentially a customisable paper diary (as long as you have a ring binder or travellers notebook type of planner).You can add and change inserts for whatever you need to plan or track. You can use stickers to pretty up the pages and remind you to complete certain tasks or remind you of an appointment. Planners allow you to get creative and make organisation pretty. You can use different coloured pens for coordination as well as use colourful washi tape to brighten up the page! I’ll explain these points below, but first you’ll need some tools!
My top 4 planner essentials:
- A planner (Check out kikki.K, ErinCondren.com or even Kmart)
- Some functional planner stickers to suit your style (try a quick search on Etsy)
- Some coloured pens (or just black/blue if that’s what you prefer)
- Some colourful washi tape if you want some decoration.
Planners are all about personal choice and style. A great place to start is with a medium sized ring planner that will allow you to add various inserts such as a weekly layout that gives you space to organise Sunday – Saturday in one glance. If you’re planning on tracking other habits or triggers to certain things, you may want to look at other inserts such as depression/anxiety trackers, mood trackers, exercise habit trackers etc.You can also include inserts such as general ‘To-Do’ lists, shopping lists, budget/bill trackers. We love the range of inserts from AussiePlannerChick on Etsy.
Decorating your Planner
Instead of just writing down tasks, errands and appointments, you can customise your planner with a variety of stationery options. You can find a huge variety of planner stickers, pens and washi tape on Etsy or at the annual Brisbane Planner Markets event. There are a variety of different styles but the more popular trends include:
- Character stickers – these usually illustrate certain tasks (such as vacuuming, grocery shopping, exercising, studying, working etc.) We love hand drawn character stickers by FoxandCactus.
- Icon stickers – these are similar to the character sticker, but less decorative, which is great for a professional and minimalistic look.
- Decorative stickers – these don’t have a functional purpose, but they’re fun and bring some creativity and colour to your planner. We love Ellie Belle Prints.
- Coloured pens – if you find that planning is a great way to help you relax and have a bit of ‘self care time,’ you may want to learn the art of lettering.
- Washi tape – washi tape is paper sticky tape that comes in a variety of colours, designs and sizes. The best thing about good quality washi tape is that when you stick it down on the page, you can pull it right back up if you don’t like it and it won’t rip the page!
The Planner Community
If you enjoy paper planning or would like some inspiration before you begin, there are literally thousands of others who use paper planners all over the world! Great ways to connect with them are through Facebook groups such as ‘Planner Addicts Australia’ and ‘Queensland Planner Addicts.’ If you do a quick search on YouTube ‘how to set up a planner’ or search Pinterest for ‘planner ideas’, you’ll also find a plethora of inspiration!
If you want to get hands on with planners, the biggest planner event in Brisbane is the Brisbane Planner Markets! There are over 50 stall holders that sell all things planner (planners, stickers, washi tape, pens, stationery, accessories and so much more). There are also workshops, food trucks, activities for kids, raffles (where all proceeds are donated to a certain charity chosen by market attendees) and lots more! Make sure you like ‘Brisbane Planner Markets’ on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.