If you’re new to the planner world or are new to using planner stickers, these are the 7 planner stickers I consider the ‘essentials’ which you should always have on hand:
1. Days of the week
Some instances where I’ve used days of the week stickers:
- Expired planners – around April and October each year most planners go on clearance as they make way for new stock. This is the best time to try out a new planner layout.
- Maybe you like a layout but not the Sunday start. Days of the week stickers can be used to convert it to a start day that suits you
- Maybe you need more space for Saturday and less for Sunday. White-out on a divider line of a weekly spread and the day, then add a day of the week sticker to resize
- Bullet journaling
- Creating a DIY planner
- Doing a no-white space weekly spread and want everything to match
- Want to change the colors of the planner you’re using
There’s plenty of days of the week stickers available nowadays. My personal favorite are the traditional Erin Condren header title (block format with white text and a colored background) as well as cursive. There’s so many different weekday sticker styles available these days. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, these are the stickers I call the ‘essentials’
- MAMBI Bullet journal stickers (the nice cursive word stickers)
- My printable header stickers (rainbow)
- Oh Hello Co Days of the stickers (rainbow & cursive), there’s also months of the year if you need those too
You’ll usually find number stickers in the form of date dot stickers numbered 1 to 31. However, I’ve also used them for numbered priority lists and appointment times.
My favorite number stickers:
- Date dot stickers I made that my sister sells in her shop
- Carpe Diem rainbow calendar stickers
- Prima planner (neutral stickers)
- SRM press (neutral stickers)
If you’re not sure what number stickers to get, go for neutral stickers like these. Then you can use a highlighter, colored pens or a marker pen to make them whatever color you want.
Instead of days of the week labels, I sometimes use numbered stickers for listing out blog posts to publish each week
3. Colored dots
These work great for:
- Flagging important events
- Creating DIY date dot stickers (write the date in white pen)
- Checklists (can make as long or as short as you like)
- Color coding
- Dividing up vertical planners
By categories I mean areas of your life. Years ago I made a ton of stickers that suited the Erin Condren vertical planner (back when it was all the rage and there weren’t many options for pretty planners). I definitely don’t use the Erin Condren planner anymore but I do like the size of the stickers and still use them for weekly spreads in other planners as well as bullet journaling.
I also made some larger stickers which work well for pages where you have 2 columns, rather than in the planner spread.
Some category stickers to consider:
- Different colors for each subject you take at school or college, or if you’re a teacher, each subject you teach
- Extracurricular activities
- Chores/cleaning tasks
- Cleaning zones – you might also like this cleaning zones planner insert
- Meal planning – you might also like this meal planner insert
- Children’s schedule
- Bills to pay
- Blog to do
- To do
- Business to do
- Things to order (if you have a business, direct sales business etc.)
- Reminders/Don’t forget
Icon stickers are so handy, can be used however you like (e.g. a calculator could mean time to budget, do your taxes etc.), are an easy way to color code and since they’re small they don’t take up much space.
Some icons stickers to consider:
- Social Media
My favorite icon stickers
- Carpe Diem calendar sticker book
- Carpe Diem Icon planner stickers
- Icon stickers I made which are available in my sister’s shop (including birthday stickers, everyday icons, cleaning, shopping, meal plan and work)
- Studio Stationery ‘Stick It’ sticker book and the even more fun sticker book
- Happy Planner budget icon stickers
- SRM Press icon stickers
You may think why would I would bother adding a colored box when i can just write straight onto paper… well it looks pretty! A cheaper hack is just to do a border with highlighter.
I’ve used them for blog post planning, daily reminders, meal planning and appointments. They work well when you layer icon stickers over the top. I consider them a must have for no white space weekly spreads.
If you want to try some box labels, my recommendation is the the MAMBI sticker books (lots of stickers for good value). They have tons of styles in different colors so you can use them for color coding too:
- Rainbow boxes (these are my favorite) in MAMBI classic size and MAMBI big size
- Colorful Boxes sticker book (intended for teacher planners)
- Colorful boxes + gold & silver foil
- Same as above but designed for the MAMBI monthly calendar
- Colorful boxes in bright rainbow (plus some quote stickers)
- Carpe Diem Planner Basics Sticker Book
If you like to flag things like St Patrick’s Day etc. then I like:
- MAMBI event stickers (too many sticker books to link! check their seasonal sticker book range)
- Carpe Diem sticker book
Other stickers to consider:
- I no longer use planner stickers for budgeting (I switched to Excel / digital spreadsheets). However, when I did use paper, bill due stickers were one of my favorites
- Label stickers – these stickers usually have an icon and writing space that you can use for anything. A house label sticker could be used to write extra repayments, cleaning tasks etc.
- Sidebar stickers – these are handy if you’re short on space – especially on the monthly calendar. I used to use them all the time for habit tracking until I switched to a habit tracker printable
- Months of the year stickers – for using the notes pages at the back of a planner, and also for tabs
More tips for using planner stickers
- How to keep track of spending using stickers and blank notes pages of your planner
- How to use functional icon planner stickers
- How to organize small planner stickers using a reciepts folder
- How to organize planner stickers using folders (plus free printable labels)
- Which planner stickers are right for you?
- Planner Organization: How to organize planner stickers
- Why I plan my day using planner stickers (and why you should too!)
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