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Planning Series: Using Stickers Effectively

July 9, 2015
AUTHOR: Emilie
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If you follow any planning Instagram accounts, you can sometimes feel the pressure to make a really “pretty planner.” I’ll admit that I often do and sometimes I just don’t have the time to spend prepping my planner. For that reason, it’s really important to be efficient with using stickers for your planner.

It is really easy to go sticker happy. Here’s one of my first planning weeks


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It’s busy and really pointless. I had stickers on the page for the sake of putting stickers on the page.

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This is the starting point for my weeks. Washi along the side and washi along the bottom cover up the things I don’t want and find distracting, while adding the pop of color I love. Next, I pick a row that I’m going to have be my to-dos for the week. Usually, it’s the top row, but in this case I was inspired to do the middle. I make sure to add the check boxes for that section. I then pick four random boxes to embellish with more washi to add some more color. And that is where I start.

Here’s another example:


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Stickers are about increasing efficiency. They’re about empowering you to use more planner more quickly. They are not about being pretty for the sake of being pretty, though that’s nice too.

This is one of my favorite Instagram planning accounts. I feel like this account really captures using stickers efficiently.

Here’s one thing you have to embrace: Blank space in your planner is okay. I think a lot of people thing they need to fill blank space in their planners to make it prettier and I’m here to tell you that is not the case! Wasting stickers is costly and inefficient. And not something you want to be doing.

Here are my three tips for using stickers efficiently while planning:

  1. One sticker per event, item, or obligation.
  2. If you think it’s a stretch of a use for a sticker, it probably is.
  3. When in doubt, washi it out. (Washi is more forgiving.)

This is part of a Createyou86’s Soar Into Summer Planning Series that I am co-hosting. You can meet my two other co-hosts here and here. Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

Past Posts and Future Posts:
1. June 20: The Importance of Planning
2. July 2: How I Plan
3. July 6: Etsy Wishlist
4. July 13: 5 Rookie Mistakes in Organization
5. July 16: Continuous Planning
6. July 20: Favorite Planning Blogs

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