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Real Life: I'm addicted to Planners. Here are My Planner Must Haves.

It's no secret that I LOVE planners and office supplies. I've tried almost every type of planner and while each has something I like, it took me a long time to find the PERFECT planner for me. 

I get questions about what I use all the time and since I've found my prefect planner,  I decided to create a list of my favorite planner must haves. 

Please know that I am NOT getting paid for this post. I just genuinely love these things & wanted to share in case you want to get organized as well. 

A Planner You Love

I've always been on the hunt for the PERFECT planner for me. I need a lot of spaced for my daily tasks, but also wants a place where I could put my schedule. Then I found the DAY DESIGNER. 

It's perfect for me because it's a daily spread that has a daily to-do list, a top 3, a schedule and some extra boxes for notes, gratitude, what's due, dinner, etc. It also comes in two sizes- I prefer the mini- and you can get it as an academic planner (July - June) or for the whole year (January-December). It also has some pages at the front to set goals and schedules, etc. Oh and if you're wondering about pens bleeding through that pages, I haven't had an issue with that and I've used sharpie pens & Le Pens. 

Side note: I have done a BULLET JOURNAL in the past, but honestly it takes too much times to set up & I have to be in the mood to be creative. It's great and I loved how I could change the set up anytime I wanted, but I just wanted it DONE. 

 Overall Dimensions for the Mini (SMALLER ONE):  **The one I use**

6.625” wide x 8.3” tall    Page Dimensions:  6” wide x 8.125” tall Depth:  1.5" (Including the binding)Weight:  1.6 lbs.

Overall Dimensions for the Flagship Planner (BIGGER ONE) :  

9″ wide x 9.75″ tallPage Dimensions:  7.3″ wide x 9.5″ tallDepth:  1.5" (Including the binding)Weight:  2.5 lbs.



Any highlighter will do. I use highlighters to rank the task in order of importance. 

Blue: Important. Must do today. Green: Bill due date. Pink: Semi-important. Should probably do today, but can wait until later or tomorrow. (not as important as blue) yellow: Least important task, but should get done within the week. Purple: Birthday or anniversary. Orange: Appointment or Meeting.WHERE TO BUY: Pretty much anywhere.

These are from Target and you can get it HERE.

Washi Tape

My love for washi tape is new. 

1.) It's SUPER cute. 

2.) it helps me block out a large period of time. If I'm traveling or out of town for a length of time I use the washi tape to block it off so it sticks out more in my month view. 

I will say, don't get more that 3 rolls of washi tape. There are millions of designs, but these 3 will last me so long. 

WHERE TO BUY: Pretty much anywhere. These specific designs were found at Michael's HERE

A Pen/Pencil Case

Pencils and pens are an obvious need for your planner. I use the pencil for pending things/ appointments/ tasks, etc. 

I put all my planner must haves (except the actual planner) in a pencil case. Just to keep it all in one place and so it's not floating around in the bottom of my bag. 

WHERE TO BUY: Pretty much anywhere. I got this one from my friend Carla Marie. (She's awesome and you should follow her @TheCarlaMarie oh and she has a cool podcast called Side Hustlers. LISTEN HERE: 

Post-it Notes 

(various sizes & colors)

Post-it notes are LIFE. I use this for my on-going to do list. These are things are aren't super important, but need to be done eventually. I move them with the day/ week. I also use a smaller post-it (the pink one pictured) for specific appointments or tasks that might change in date. 

WHERE TO BUY: Anywhere you shop.I bought a pack of 24 pads on Amazon and you can get it HERE.


In the past I've used sharpie pens & Le Pens. The come in a variety of colors and don't bleed through the paper. I like them, BUT I was sent a pack of Frixion Erasable Pens and I love them!!

1.) They're erasable and I really appreciate that. Although correction tape works it really bothers me to use it. It doesn't look clean.

2.) These pens write smoothly and come in a variety of colors.

WHERE TO BUY: I bought mine at Target, but they're available on Amazon & I'm sure other stores too.

Correction Tape

If you don't use erasable pens, correction tape is a LIFE SAVER. I prefer the correction tape to the fluid because you don't have to worry about it drying or smearing. I mess up in my planner ALL THE TIME and this has saved me. All my pens/ highlighters write fine on it too.

WHERE TO BUY: Anywhere you shop. I got the 2 pack at Walmart.

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