Planner addicts seem to fall into 2 categories: 1) they decorate their planner every week or 2) avoid all decorating and keep it simple. If you’re part of the latter and the reason you don’t decorate is because it takes too much time (or you think it will take too much time), here are 10 planner supplies that will help you plan your week faster!
1. Erasable pens
Don’t waste time getting out the correction tape, just erase and re-write with erasable pens.
My favorite are the Frixion erasable
2. Quality Ruler
Don’t waste time rubbing out crooked lines. If you watch my planner review videos on my YouTube channel you’re probably already aware my favorite ruler is from Poppin. It’s heavier than most rules so stays in place while you draw a line, has inches in big bold font (mm and cm are on the ruler too) and it comes in a ton of bright colors.
3. A notebook with lines or dot grid
If you already use a bullet journal you’ll already know how much time notebooks with dot grid paper save when creating spreads. It’s much easier to use a built in guide and it keeps all the boxes for each day / planning category straight and aligned.
Some dot grid notebooks to consider are in these posts:
- Bullet Journal notebooks with the best paper (my top 7)
- Comparison of 30 Dot Grid Notebooks for Bullet Journaling (Buying Guide)
- 10 Australian dot grid notebooks for bullet journaling
- 7 Dot grid notebooks with smooth paper
Cheaper dot grid notebooks usually don’t have numbered pages and the paper is usually so thin that pen ink either bleeds through or has really bad ghosting. I do think it’s well worth the splurge for a notebook that has good quality paper. Notebooks with pre-printed page numbers and multiple ribbon bookmarks in different colors will help you quickly to find the page you’re looking for.
If you’re a list lover, the MAMBI checklist stencil is for you.
There are some stencils with flags, boxes, list symbols, icons that you can mix together to create a spread.
I also like stencils that have already created a layout for you (weekly spread, monthly spread, habit tracker, checklist etc.). Some recommendations are in these posts:
- Best stencils for bullet journal daily, weekly and monthly spreads
- The best time saving row and column stencils for bullet journaling
5. Checklist washi tape
Not sure why more people don’t use checklist washi tape in their bullet journal spreads, or for planning in general because this washi tape is so convenient.
Ink by Jeng has handy habit tracker washi tape with the checklists for each day’s habit already printed.
6. Planner stickers
I use functional planner stickers only. In particular: icons, header stickers and habit trackers.
7. Habit tracking stamp
Whether you’re a bullet journaler or want to use the monthly notes page, sidebar etc, adding a habit tracker using a stamp like this will be much faster than….
… Ruling up a page ‘manually’ like this:
8. Washi tape
If you’re thinking washi tape is only for planner decorating, think again!
Some functional ways to use washi tape:
- For things that are spread over multiple days e.g. marking vacations on the monthly calendar to save time re-writing
- Things that could change – just peel and restick
- Tabs or page markers if you’re using a planner or notebook that doesn’t have one
- Color coding
9. Sticky Notes
Some ways to use sticky notes:
- Pre-planning the week
- Shopping lists
- Keeping a master list of those annoying little things that I don’t want to take up space in my planner – ‘life admin’ (I can usually only motivate myself to do 2 – 3 per week)
- Project you’re working on with the steps listed out
- Recurring tasks (monthly, weekly etc.)
- Things that could change – appointments etc.
- Meal planning (more on that in this post)
I use and recommend the Post It Note 3M as they can be peeled and re-stuck for a number of weeks before they lose their stickiness.
10. White out correction tape
I only use whiteout correction tape, not liquid. I don’t have to wait for it to dry, it’s quick, easy, it doesn’t clump and it’s cheap.
I use the Keji brand from Officeworks – 2 tapes for $1! I’m not affiliated, I just like when I find things that work well and are cheap 🙂
More planning tips
- How to store planner pens (5 ways – and my favorite method!)
- Which planner stickers are right for you?
- Why horizontal is my favorite weekly planner layout
- Get to Work Book Planner Review (Pros, Cons and a Video Walkthrough)
- Day Designer for Blue Sky Horizontal Weekly Planner Review
- Review of the Point Journal (similar to the bullet journal)
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