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For most of us, life is super busy and so it can be difficult to keep track of each area of our life. That’s where colour coding can help to take your organization to the next level.
There is no right or wrong way to colour code your planner but what can be difficult is trying to remember what colour applies to each category. That’s why I suggest that you only have five or six categories . Some examples include:
Look back at your planner to see what categories the majority of your tasks and appointments have been based around. Assign a colour for each category and create a key/legend to add to the front or back of your planner as a reminder.
Before you start you might want to consider how you can colour code your planner to suit you.
The obvious choice. Pens offer the biggest range of colours to choose from. If you prefer to shy away from the bright colours then you can even buy pastel coloured pens.
Colour coded pens are relatively cheap to buy and there are so many styles to choose from to suit your writing style (fine tips, medium tip, marker tip, etc.). However if you do make a mistake then it could turn into every planner lover’s nightmare – scribbling out (Nooo!).
The Paper Mate InkJoy 0.7mm Pens are a popular favourite with planner addicts. They write so smoothly and don’t bleed or smear at all – winner!
Stickers are my personal favourite for organizing categories in my planner and there’s a reason why they’re so popular! Why write down all of your bill due dates each month when you can just peel and stick? Easy!
Not only do they add a pop of colour, they are also perfect for breaking up text on your planner and stand out on the page so you have no excuse for forgetting that bill due date.
There are so many sticker styles to choose from to suit your style. You can buy colored sticker dots as a simple reminder or if you prefer to write on the stickers then you can purchase Bill Due Stickers instead.
I like to use foil planner stickers for my categories. Yes, I know they’re not necessarily colour coded but I absolutely LOVE foil planner stickers and the images are an instant reminder of where I need to look. I get mine from Jadiescrafts.
Highlighters stand out a lot more than coloured pens but don’t have as many option of colour. The great thing about using highlighters is that if you’re in a rush you can use a single pen to jot down your appointments and tasks and then highlight the categories once you get chance later on and so Reduces the chance of making mistakes!
Whilst highlighters usually come in the standard colours (pink, orange, yellow, blue and green), you also get them in pastel colours but be prepared to pay a little more! Stabilo Pastel Highlighters have six pretty colours that will give your planner a soft and chic look.
Washi tape comes in a variety of different colours and designs so you’ll definitely find something to suit your style. I like to combine the use of washi tape with my planner stickers. I use planner stickers for single appointments and categories and washi tape for day events (birthdays, holidays, etc.)
The best thing about washi tape is that they can re-used. There are so many times that I’ve placed them in the wrong place but they can easily peel off and stick elsewhere. The only thing that you might need to consider when using washi tape is that pens don’t tend to write well on them – use sharpies instead!
I recommend using skinny washi tape to colour code your planner as the thicker ones take up too much space so only need trimming in half anyway. This skinny washi tape set comes in a set of 24 colours so you’ll be spoilt for choice.