As 2019 comes to a close, our schedules are cluttered with to-do’s and many of us are craving more simple, functional planner spreads. But that doesn’t mean we have to forget our love for stickers, washi and all things colorful.
A simple planning style is more about the approach than the aesthetic. Classic black and white layouts and inserts are definitely gorgeous and super functional but there are some other things you can incorporate into your planning to embrace simplicity beyond the surface.
Here are some ideas and inspiration from our community:
Take it one day at a time
In busy seasons, a full monthly or weekly spread can seem overwhelming. When this happens, reach for a daily planner or daily insert to help you get things done. It is so helpful to focus on what is important for that day and very satisfying to feel like you have made progress when the day is done.
Give yourself some grace
If you are not currently feeling the love for decorating or “before the pen” style of planning, give yourself some grace. It is ok to have those weeks in your planner that are just good old pen and paper. You can also try a simple color coding system for an extra boost of productivity.
Keep everything in its place
A cluttered planner can feel like a cluttered mind. Use tools like tabs, dividers and folders to create sections in your planner and separate areas of your life (schedule, budget, work, etc.). This will help tame the paper chaos and keep you focused. Set up a designated “inbox” area to consolidate a list of things that are not time specific.
Add a little bujo to your planning
Nothing says simple better than a dot grid. Designing your own spreads on dot grid is very functional and will help pair down your layouts plus enhance your creativity. Dot grids allow for clean lines and are also great for list making.
We can’t wait to see how you embrace simplicity in your planner!
We are excited to share the next “#PlannerCRUSH”! In this series we share the planning style of someone in our community that we just can’t get enough of. We are talking about scrolling the IG feed and binge watching all the PWMs. Each time, we will feature a clue along with a few planner pics to see if you can recognize our #plannercrush? Ready, here goes:
Vertical lines are her jam! She works wonders with just a black pen and Mildliners…
Pilar of @pilar_plans
Known for her vertical lined style of planning, Pilar inspires us all with her colorful, functional spreads. We just love her minimal deco and use of color to organize her days and #allthethings. She fills her spreads with checklists and sections (like home, work, to-do and dinner) to get it all done!
Follow her @pilar_plans on Instagram
Whether you are working a 9-5, starting a business or growing a side-hustle, it takes planning to reach your goals and make it all work. Staying focused and taking action steps everyday will help keep you on the right path. That’s why At-A-Glance and Create & Cultivate (the community platform for women trying to create and cultivate the career of their dreams) have teamed up to design a new collection of planning tools and accessories for women that are trying to make moves in their career.
The collection includes planners, notebooks, desk/wall calendars and clipboards. The planners and notebooks feature unique layouts to help you stay on track, be productive and take time for yourself. There are places to keep track of appointments, vision boards, goal setting and self-care. There is even a one-page business 101 area to give you helpful tips and tricks, plus monthly reviews and stickers!
The planner options include large monthly notebook planners, spiral bound planners (small and large) and book bound planners (small and large).
Clipboards and Calendars
The entire line is available now exclusively at Target stores and online. Create & Cultivate offers valuable tools, workshops and conferences to help modern women achieve the career of their dreams. Follow them on Instagram for more information about upcoming events and daily inspiration.
The new Focused Collection for 2020 from Erin Condren is a streamlined planning system that is both sophisticated and stylish. It has a minimalist aesthetic that makes it great for professional work settings or more simplified organization and planning.
The collection includes several products that compliment each other and combine together to create a completely functional system. There is a Focused Planner (Jan – Dec 2020), a Focused Notebook as well as new Focused Petite Planners.
The Focus Collection
The Focused Planner is a horizontal weekly layout (only) available in two sizes (8.125 x 10.125 and A5) with a softbound flexible cover made of beautiful vegan leather. The Focused Notebook (5 x 8) also features the softbound flexible cover design and is available with blank or lined page options. Both have a thick, high-quality paper with two satin ribbon page markers and lay-flat design.
- Monthly Layout
- Horizontal Weekly Layout
- Year At A Glance
- Important Dates Pages
- Productivity Note Pages
The interior pages of the planner include yearly overviews, traditional monthly spreads, monthly productivity pages, simple horizontal weekly spreads, yearly overview pages, future planning, and notes pages.
Focus Petite Planners
- Budget Book
- Wellness Log
- Monthly Planner
The new Focused Petite Planners are a more neutral design from the traditional Petite Planners. The Focused Petite Planners include a Budget Book (Navy), Wellness Log (Mustard) and a 12-Month Planner (Pale Blue). These muted colors are carried throughout the inside pages as well as on the coordinating sticker sheets in the back pockets.
- Cover Personalization Option
- Interior Monthly Colorway
The collection is a gorgeous mix of deep muted colors of Navy, Gray, Monaco and Camel and the softbound covers can be personalized. It has a beautiful feel and texture that is very sleek, high-quality and it’s easy to carry with you. All of the products are available now on the Erin Condren website.
Are you ready to party with The West Coast Planners at the roaring twenties planner event of the year! Pack your planners, feather boas, fringe dresses and beads and head to west coast for a great time.
Saturday – Sunday, October 10 – 11, 2020
Saturday Soiree Costume Dance Party
Sunday Speakeasy (all day planning with friends) Hosted by: Erica & Cody Witt from @cricketpaperco
The Embassy Suites/Hilton Silicon Valley
901 East Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
EVENT HOST: Elizabeth Ho from @lizhoshow
Peggy Dean from @thepigeonletters
Creative Planner Stamping with Courtney Miles and Sandra Spitaleri
Step By Step Doodling with Sierra Mullen from River & Ink
WORKSHOP (Add On):
Embrace Your Handwriting with Kalon Wang from @sumlilthings
TICKETS ON SALE: ON SALE NOW
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