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I like to think of myself as a minimalist planner, but the truth is, I love buying all the things. I collect washi tape that I don’t use. I have way too many sticky notes. I hoard stickers. I mean, part of the fun of planning for me is all the pretty stationery.
But there are 7 supplies that I consider essential to my planning.
First, obviously there is the planner itself. But, I am #teamrings all the way. Ring bound planners give you the flexibility to customize your planner to fit your needs — the inserts you use, the order in which they are placed. Disc bound planners are also customizable in this way, but I prefer rings.
I don’t know how I would manage the biz and home life without my planning inserts. In addition to my yearly, monthly, weekly and daily pages, I use tracking inserts to monitor some personal and business related habits and stats.
I use side tabs for my different sections, and I like top dividers to mark specific spots in my planner. And I highly recommend a page lifter, which goes at the back of your inserts to protect your pages when you close your planner.
Some might argue that stickers are not an essential. But functional stickers are a planning essential for me. My transparent dots for color coding help me differentiate personal and biz tasks and my icons help important dates and tasks stand out more on the page. Can’t imagine planning without them.
I admit that I have way more sticky notes than I need. BUT, I do need some of them. The sticky notes we have in our shop are super functional and I use all of them on a weekly basis for things like tracking habits, planning content, and monitoring spending.
Sticky notes are also so useful to jot down tasks that might move from day to day or week to week, so I can just move the sticky note and not have to rewrite things over and over again.
Frixion Eraseable Pen
I honestly don’t know how people use any other pen. The perfectionist in me can’t stand scribbling out mistakes on my pages. And writing over correction tape can sometimes get tricky. Being able to erase mistakes or cancelled items has pacified my OCD tendencies. You might not be as anal as me, but Frixion pens are still pretty awesome. Unlike some erasable pens, the Frixion .5 gel ink is dark and thick (not too thick) and erases very well.
Highlighters are useful for highlighting important things, of course, but I didn’t care for the bright neon colors. Now that they have come out with neutral shades, I’m all about it. My favorite highlighters are the Zebra Gray Mildliner and the #990 Tombo Brush Pen. One word of caution: these highlighters can bleed through your pages. I find that there is minimal shadowing on my 32lb paper.
I do have some other supplies that aren’t necessarily “essential” but I do use them all the time.
Paper Trimmer and Hole Punch
These actually are essentials if you use printable inserts. This is the paper trimmer I use. And these are the punches I use for pocket/A6 and disc bound. The punches I use for personal/personal wide and A5 are also from Micheals, but I can’t find links for them. The gold one works for personal/personal wide and the teal one works for A5.
Any ol scissors are fine for planning, but I really like these small portable ones I got from Daiso that have a protective cover. Perfect for planning on the go.
Bear with me here. I used to secretly judge people who used tweezers to put stickers in their planners. But I’m a total convert. Tweezers are so helpful for putting down small stickers and being able to better see if they’re straight or aligned. Here are some similar tweezers from Amazon.
If you’ve ever tried to carefully remove a sticker from your pages, you probably noticed the sticky residue that stays on the page. Gently erasing the residue removes it and leaves the page clean and undamaged. This is my favorite eraser.
Another anal trait of mine: I can’t stand a wobbly line. So I keep a small ruler handy. I really like this acrylic ruler–it’s compact, pretty and being able to see what’s under the ruler is super useful.
Removable Dot Adhesive
Love my dot adhesive so much. I use it to attach decorative cards in my planner or to help sticky notes that have lost some stickiness. Since it’s removable, repositioning or removing something is sooo easy. The dot adhesive is easily removed by gently rubbing it off. They sell cheaper Recollection ones at Michaels (especially with a coupon) but my favorite is this dot adhesive by Scotch.
Even though I swear by my Frixion pen, there are times when I have to “erase” something that is printed on my page. I can’t find a link to the one pictured, but this is another correction tape I use.
There are, of course, many other supplies I use. I didn’t even get into clips and tech toys and other fun stuff. But this list are my top essentials and most used supplies for planning.
Do you have any essentials not listed here?