If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that rainbow spreads are my go to!
Since I do them so often I’ve tried a few different ways to mix it up to avoid getting bored.
If you’re someone that doesn’t normally do rainbow weekly spreads, I hope this encourages you to give it a try!
1. By day
The quickest and easiest way to add color to the page is using a different color by day. Just don’t forget to switch between pens. You may want to start with erasable pens.
2. Color coding by category
Probably the most obvious and often used method for planner color coding – using different colors for each person in the family, for school subjects, projects etc.
3. Urgency / level of importance
A method that works well and which I should really use more often.
- Must do, should do and if I have time
- Numbered to do list
- To do list with due dates (or days) assigned for each task
- The priority quadrant
4. By Section
Different colors for each section of the planner:
5. By task
6. Random colors
Grab a bunch of colourful pens, each time you add something to your planner, use a different pen. I tried this once. It turned out ok but I probably wouldn’t do it again (bit too much color)
I’d rather take a little bit longer to choose colors. I normally lay out out the pens I want to use and re-shuffle them until I’m happy with the color combination.
I tend to do green touching blue, orange touching red etc. (just like you’d see on a color wheel).
Different shades of the same color. This works well with vertical weekly spreads – especially those with 3 sections to plan each day.
If you’re going to do this, I’d use blue and pink as pens in these colors always seem to come with the most variety of shades.
8. By Theme
You don’t need to use all the colors of the rainbow. 4 works well. And if you’re new to planner decorating, try using just 2 colors
Quick, easy and cheap!
10. Use a planner that’s already colorful
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