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3 Easy Ways To Start Your Monthly Planner Pages

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It can be intimidating when you have brand-new monthly planner so here are 3 easy ways to get started with your monthly planner pages.

In this blog post, we will delve into the art of initiating your monthly planner pages, emphasizing not just the practical aspects but also the creative and personal dimensions. We’ll reveal three easy and versatile methods for getting started.

As we journey through these methods, you’ll discover that your monthly planner isn’t merely a tool; it’s an extension of your thoughts, goals, and aspirations. So, let’s embark on this planning adventure together, as we unlock the secrets to filling those blank pages with purpose and inspiration. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a bullet journal approach, the convenience of a digital planner, or the timeless charm of a traditional planner, we’ve got you covered. By the end of this post, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to embark on your planning journey with enthusiasm and purpose.

Pre-printed monthly planner vs Bullet journaling

Depending on preference, you can choose a templated monthly planner or a blank page so that you can start a bullet-journal style planner from scratch. There are pro and cons for both – so there is no right or wrong answer to this.

Monthly planners with a specific template provides you with structure and consistency so that it is easier to follow and maintain a regular planning routine. If you’d like to get started fast or a beginner to planning, a template monthly planner is a great option for you. There will be lesser areas to customize and be creative about, so choose a monthly planner with columns that suits your needs. We have a free monthly planner in PDF that you can print or import into your digital planner like Collanote.

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Blank pages with lines, grid or dots provide you with flexibility to be creative in how you structure and build your monthly planner pages. If you have a specific concept or theme that you like, starting from scratch can give you the options you may not have with a specific template. You will need to spend more time to make each template, so it will be more time consuming. However, you will be rewarded with a planner that suits your preference and requirements.

So before choose wisely before you start so that you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed and give up half way through.

3 easy ways to kickstart your brand new monthly planner pages

#1 Personalizing your monthly planner

Personally, I call it “breaking in” similar to purchasing a new shoe and needing to start getting comfortable with it. Personalizing your planner allows you to make it uniquely yours. Here are some tips to add your personal touch:

  1. Cover customization – customize it with stickers, quotes, or a design that resonates with you.
  2. Doodles – add a personal artistic element
  3. Quotes – quotes motivates and inspire, so they can be reminders and keep you focused on your goals
  4. Sections – allocate sections for personal memories, reflections, and gratitude lists.
  5. Tabs and dividers – if it suits your purpose add dividers for each of organization
  6. Color coding – create a color key so that you can organize your planner by colors
  7. Use highlighters – Make your notes visually appealing with highlighters
  8. Decorate with stickers & washi tapes – There are decorative stickers and functional stickers. Both help to enhance your planner’s aesthetic. In digital planners, stickers can be used multiple times across different planners.
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#2 Setting goals

Setting goals in your monthly planner is a powerful practice that can significantly impact your life in a positive way. Monthly planners provide an excellent framework for tracking and achieving your goals. Here are three tips on setting goals in your monthly planner:

  1. Make it clear and focused
  2. Measurable
  3. Time specific

Incorporating goal setting into your monthly planner is a practice that empowers you to lead a more purposeful, organized, and fulfilling life. It not only helps you make the most of your time but also encourages personal and professional growth. So, seize the opportunity to set and achieve meaningful goals in your monthly planner, and you’ll discover the transformative effects it has on your life.

#3 Plan ahead

I love to plan ahead because it improves organization and reduces stress. It can also prevent scheduling conflicts. Here are some key pointers in planning ahead:

  1. Mark important dates: Start by marking significant dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and public holidays.
  2. Set appointments: Schedule medical appointments, meeting and other time-sensitive commitments in advance.
  3. Festivals & special occasions: Note down the dates so that you can plan in advance any celebration or prepare checklist of tasks.
  4. Vacations and travels: You can allocate specific dates for travels so you can plan your itinerary, book accommodations and research activities in advance. This gives you ample time to prepare before your travels.
  5. Regular reviews: Regularly review your monthly planner to ensure that you are on track and make adjustment as necessary.

Planning ahead minimizes the need for last-minute rushes and hurried preparations.

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In summary, planning ahead in your monthly planner is a powerful tool for better time management, stress reduction, goal achievement, and an improved work-life balance. It allows you to make the most of your time and experience greater peace and satisfaction in your daily life.

Get started and get ahead!

The key to getting started is to start the first step. I recently started a new Travellers Notebook journal and using the above 3 steps, I eased into starting what I had in mind. I started with making it look like how I envisioned it to be and when it started looking better, new ideas flowed and I am glad how it turned out. So remember to get started with your monthly planners and get ahead with the new year!