Having an actual planner is totally in now. It’s so fashionable that the whole planning process has turned into a massive industry, involving not only planners but also stickers, washi tape, stationery etc. If you’re new to planning it can get very overwhelming and you might think that you NEED the latest trend in planners or a massive washi collection to start your planner. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In this post I will share some of my tips for planning on a budget and how to build yourself up to that coveted planner peace 🙂
Let me tell you a little story. Years ago I watched a movie called The New York Minute, starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – remember them? They used to do loads of movies together. In the movie one of the girls has an A5 ring bound planner. Seeing that planner was the moment I knew I had to have one of my own.
Back then Washi tape hadn’t been invented and no one had planner stickers, but even without the little things planning was fun and I loved the fee l of my planner in my purse. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. Fast forward some years and BOOM, planners are everywhere. You’ve got a massive choice ahead of you. Some of the brands are very pricey, even pricier are hand made planners you can find on Etsy. If you don’t have a massive budget for a planner and you don’t know where to start READ ON!
In order to plan all you really need is paper and a pen. It’s that simple. From there on you should make some decisions:
- What do you need to plan? Do you need to write out daily tasks or weekly and monthly appointments. Or maybe, even all three. From there you can pretty much see what types of inserts you should have in your planner.
- Size matters. Do you want a compact planner or perhaps you’re looking for a bigger planner to keep track of your life. Give yourself an idea of what you need to write down. For instance, I currently own a Classic Happy Planner but I’m hoping to get the XL one as my son is starting school this September and I need more room in my planner. I personally like to keep everything in one planner.
- Type of planner. What appeals to you the most? A ring bound planner, traveler’s notebook, disc bound planner or even a hardbound notebook?
Once you’ve determined what it is you’re looking for in a planner you will have a clearer idea of which planners to start out with.
HOLD UP! “But this post is supposed to be about planning on a budget?” Yes, you’re absolutely right, it i. So let me give you some pointers.
As planning is becoming more and more popular stores are catching on. You can find little treasures in the most unexpected places. For instance, did you know that Wilko sells planners? They are adorable and super cheap. Poundworld has a cute set of sticky notes and even shops like Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda are now stocking planner supplies.
TOP TIP! Check out supermarkets when it’s time to do some back to school shopping!
The whole idea behind planning on a budget is to have a clear idea in your mind about your planner needs and from there on identifying your potential planner. That way you don’t go along with the latest fashion and then realise that you’ve spent £50+ on a planner that doesn’t bring you joy.
As I mentioned above I started off with a ring bound binder, that I actually used for years before I found Bullet Journaling. I couldn’t keep up with my bujo as I lack free time to draw out my pages. From a bullet journal I moved back into a ring bound binder (my cheap-ish Kikki K from eBay) and from there I saved up some money and got myself a Happy Planner. Now I’m happily in my Happy Planner…heheee, and I add pages to it for my collections (Bujo style).
If you want to learn more about a bullet journal check out the original webpage HERE!
5 Reasons everybody should own a planner!
- Writing tasks down keeps you accountable.
- Nothing is more satisfying than ticking off that task on your task list.
- Sense of accomplishment.
- Time management will be more efficient.
- It’s plain fun!
I love my planning time and I’ve built up a good stash of planner supplies over the years. And now I have my Silhouettte Cameo which makes cutting my own stickers so much easier! If you’d like to try out having a planner enter my Gleam giveaway below. I’m giving away a bundle of planner goodies that I got on a budget 🙂