Wednesday, April 9, 2014
How to color code your planner (without losing your mind)
If you don't know by now I'm ten times over a planner girl. I love the idea of having everyting planned out for my week and having it all in once place. The first time I attempted to color code my planner I ended up dropping the planner all together and started with a new one because it got so frustrating (it was early in the semester).
Color coding your planner is suppose to make your life ten zillion times easier, but when you don't do it right you can spend more time coloring in your planner than actually getting things done.
Here are five tips to keep you sane while color coding.
1. Use Colored Pens AND Highlighters - I typically use highlighters for places I need to be and colored pens for my ToDo. Having both methods gives you options to further organize your thoughts on the page. I don't suggest colored pencils because they're very hard to read.
2. Write everything else in Pencil - Things that you don't highlight or write in colored pen should be in pencil. Becasue a girl can only take so much correction fluid.
3. Sticky notes and tabs in every color help too - Eventually you'll get use to green meaning health, or red meaning tests, if you use these colors elsewhere (like in your notebooks) you'll get use to associating the color with the calendar.
4. Corection Fluid/Tape is your friend - I personally like tape more than fluid because you can write on top of it better, you can highlight over it, but tape is harder to work for lefties. Remember that events change, people flake out and plans don't always work out. I wouldn't even attempt another color coding project until I knew I had some of this stuff. Without it you'll get colors mixed up with events and classes and make you twice a messed up as you were in the first place.
5. Sharpies + Washi tape = Awesomeness - If you haven't jumped onto the washi tape band wagon I'm calling all aboard. Washi tape comes in TONS of cute colors and it really makes your planner less boring. Adding Sharpie to it creates eyecatching reminders.