DIY Planner: Blank Book Planning

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 I hope I’m not the only one particularly fond of blank notebooks. Strangely enough, most of the notebooks I come across always have lines in them, which is weird. It would save ink (and money!) if you just left the paper blank! But the reason why I’m fond of them is because they are very versatile. You can doodle in them, scratch notes in them, make cool designs in them, and plan in them — which is today’s post! If you don’t have a planner, or don’t want to buy one, I’m going to tell you about how I used my blank notebook to plan, so follow along and you’ll learn the ways of the blank book. 😉

The first step to beginning your journey is finding a blank notebook. Try and find one with 1) a cute cover, because an adorable cover never hurt anyone, and 2) one with smooth paper. I use all sorts of pens to write in my planner, and textured, rough paper wears out their nibs quicker for obvious reasons. I don’t have particular requirements, none of those fancy gsm/smoothness measuring things, but feeling the paper with your trusty fingers should do it. I got mine from Ikea at $3.50, which is a reasonably cheap price for a lovely blank notebook with an adorable triangular cover! You can always make your own cover if you’re feeling adventurous.
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You then want to take it to the next level. Before you begin any project, you must do your homework. In this case, do your research and find ideas of what you want your planner to be like. My inspiration came from Reese Regan, and she has very nice planners! I suggest looking it up on Google and Pinterest.
Once you’ve found your ideal pictures and styles, you can proceed. Take inspiration from the pictures you’ve found, but don’t copy it. You want to make a style that is unique to your name and you. I like to use bleedproof markers to draw a weekly grid, each square roughly 5cm by 5cm. The header of each square would be the date and day of the week. If you find that too wasteful, you can draw a monthly view instead, and leave a separate page for extra notes. I particularly enjoy putting a to-do list and a little space for my meals in a separate page. And if you’re feeling ambitious, put a little list of goals you want to achieve by the end of the month!
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Weekly views 🙂

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As you can tell, I gave up on meal tracking by day 7. XD

September Goals. I wrote this ages ago, as you can tell XD

September Goals. I wrote this ages ago, as you can tell XD

Now it’s time to bust out the washi tape and markers. Decorate your planner however you’d like! Doodle in the corner, do the headers in fancy fonts, paste stickers around — go nuts!
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Post-it tape from Daiso, washi tape from Muji, labels from Ikea. **NOT SPONSORED**

Finally, step back and admire your handiwork — all from a blank page. Have fun with different styles! But remember to actually use your planner — it’s not just there to look pretty on your desk. I myself used this planning method to tide me over till I got a real planner from Typo, but both work equally well! It just goes to show that you don’t need a real planner to plan well — a plain notebook, markers and your imagination are sufficient.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you soon.
<3, hannah
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