Organisation: Creating the Perfect Planner

Everyone should have some kind of planner, whether that is on their phone, a wall planner, or a good old fashioned diary. If you’re super busy, super organised and creative, then taking your life-planning to the next level with a packed and inspirational organiser can be both practical and TONES of fun. Sophie from Sophie etc and myself are currently hooked on creating unique, personal places to plan our lives and keep all of our lists, thoughts and goals – so we thought we would share our planners with the world to give you lovely lot some ideas.

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The buying of the initial organiser can be kind of pricey, but if you already buy a diary each year, then having a re-usable planner will save you money in the long run. Places such as WH Smith’s and Paperchase also make their own re-fills which are cheaper than filofax, so don’t be scared away by the crazy filofax prices (because believe you me, they are scary). I opted to go with a filofax however for the planner itself, and chose the personal size in patent duck egg. Filofax also do larger and smaller sizes, as well as a tone of other colours and leather finishes. Sophie opted for a planner from Webster’s pages, which are compatible with all of the extras and re-fills that fit a personal size filofax. Webster’s pages do these planners in eight gorgeous colours, and can be bought with decorative and inspiring inserts, unlike the bog-standard filofax ones.

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Once you’ve got your planner and the initial inserts, it’s time to get creative. I’ve made my own dividers from post cards (paperchase is always great for this) and other fancy card I had lying around. Sophie is the queen of washi tape, and uses it to stick into her planner inspirational quotes, photos or useful extras. Both planners come with a space at the front and back in which you can store useful bits like note-cards, stickers or business cards.

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The best thing about these organisers, is that unlike an average diary, so long as you’re armed with a hole punch, there is no end to what you can use it for. There are plenty of free printable inserts on the internet, or why not make your own? This way you can have pages dedicated to your fitness goals, meal plans, shopping lists or blogging organisation. If you’re the type of person who loves to make lists and keep organised, I’m just going to warn you that upon getting a planner you will die, and you will go to heaven.

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4 Comments

  1. June 9, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    My Filofax is one of my most treasured possessions. I just wouldn’t cope without it, but I will admit that I don’t make the most of it. I definitely need to get myself some of those adorable postcards from Paperchase to jazz it up a bit…recently I only use it to write down my work shifts and that’s just depressing! So thank you for inspiring me to get back into using my planner creatively 🙂

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    • Emily
      June 13, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Haha glad I’ve inspired you to make it a less depressing place! The postcards are great and are only about 60p each so much cheaper than buying nice dividers online! Hope you enjoy snazzing up your filofax 🙂 x

  2. June 14, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Well now I REALLY want a planner. I’ve only this year actually started using a physical diary and I feel like a real grown up now! Next up is moving on to a planner!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • Emily
      June 15, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      Haha you won’t regret it! I’ve become a little bit obsessed with mine, it makes keeping organised pretty darn enjoyable! And they do eventually save you money from buying a new diary every year 🙂 x

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