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How to find and utilise your planner with Tangible Stationery

Hello everyone,

On my previous post, I mentioned using a planner for getting yourself organised for back to school. So I thought it would be a great idea to do a blog post on how to use one effectively and being able to use it throughout the whole year (and not just the first term). Today, I am collaborating with Tangible stationery and their products will be shown in this post.

Find the right planner

There are so many planners and notebooks out there to help you so I thought I’d tell you which one would be perfect for you (from my personal experience). There is no point in effectively planning if you don’t use the right planner.

Planner – If you are someone who has very little to no time to plan then buying a planner is for you. Pages are already structured and you can choose from day-to-day planners to weekly planners depending on how detailed you make your plan. So, if you choose a weekly layout planner, you have a certain amount of space to write your to-do lists for the day. This is perfect for vague lists. Whereas a daily planner gives you a whole page to work with and you can add as much detail as you want.

Notebook – This is for anyone and everyone who has no time or a lot of time but want more flexibility with their planning and to-dos. If you use a lined notebook, you still can be creative but it is perfect for messy lists, paragraphs, brainstorms, you name it! It is the same with a dotted or plain notebook but you can make your handwriting bigger or smaller depending on what you want to be organised for. You could get super creative like a bullet journal!

2018 planner grey

How to use your planner effectively

Now that you know what kind of planner to get, you need to know if you are going to use it productively. Here are 3 ways I use my planner:

  1. Write lists in priorities. You can list the priorities from most important to least important or have 3 separate lists such as must do today, could do today and probably could do today.
  2. Set a period where you will plan. For example, 20 minutes before I go to bed, I check my list, cross any I’ve missed and created new goals for the next day. This helps you create a plan before the day has even started.
  3. Find a way to plan that works for you. So you could plan in lists, paragraphs, doodles, brainstorm or simple phrases. You could add checkboxes etc.

Week 4 bujo

How to use your planner for the whole year

Now that you know how to effectively plan, here is how to consistently use your planner.

  • Be realistic by not over planning or under planning. If you over-plan, you can get demotivated and not think the planners useful and if you underestimate your plan then you’re gonna think you don’t need a planner.
  • Plan ahead so you always have something to look forward to and every time you look at your planner, you will remember to add more things so you can plan your time effectively.
  • Have the planner where you can see it like your desk and your bag so you have it on the go and when you put it on your desk, you remember to use it.

year in a glance

Here you can see me using a notebook and a planner and I actually liked using both. So I’m definitely going to use the planner for school (as it is quick) and the notebook for personal events (as I can be creative with it and can use as much or as little time as I want). Who said you can’t use both to accommodate for school and personal??

How to utilise a planner

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I want to give Tangible Stationery a huge thank you for sending over there products for me to feature in today’s blog post. I’m in love with the hardback grey planner and it is the perfect size and weight to carry in my school bag. Also, the dotted notebook has a kind of soft cover and is perfect for little notes. As you can tell the pages are slightly ivory but that doesn’t bother me at all.

Don’t forget to give Tangible stationery a follow and check out their products because they are fab! Also, their products can be personalised too which I think is so cool!


So I hope you all enjoyed the third back to school post for this year. Have a great day everyone!

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*I was kindle sent products by Tangible Stationery but all opinions belong to me. Read full disclaimer here.


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  • A x

    I am an absolute planner freak! I’m definitely going to check them out. Thank you for sharing ❤️ xx

    August 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      You’re welcome lovely xx

      August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Autumn

    Hi Najida, thanks for the great tips on this post! I bought a planner this year but was not necessarily sure I’d stick to using it for the whole year – your post has given me the advice I needed! I am in love with your planners too! Autumn x

    August 22, 2018 at 6:35 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Aw, glad this post was helpful! Happy planning xx

      August 22, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
  • Hopeless wonderer

    This was such a good post to read. Some days I love having such a detailed organiser but I get obsessed with filling it up with plans!

    August 21, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you! Haha, I go a bit over the top with planning too x

      August 21, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
  • Eden

    Love this post! Such great tips and super cute planners! Xx

    August 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Sophie

    This was a great post Najida! I rely on my planner so much, but this post was definitely helpful in giving me some new ways to use it. I’m hoping to use a bullet journal for school this year 😅

    August 20, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Glad this was helpful! I’m thinking of using a normal planner but for revision, illnbe using the notebook aswell as for personal as a bullet journal xx

      August 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply

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