How To Use A Mini Planner Effectively

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It is no secret that I am a planner hoarder. I see one I like, and I need it. Okay, fine, I just want it, but I usually can’t stop thinking about it, which makes it a need. (enabler alert!)

I recently found this beauty (link will open in a new window) at Michael’s, and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m a self-diagnosed mermaid freak. I saw The Little Mermaid in theaters with my mom as a kid, and I made her take me back over and over again. I even had a phase from ages 18-21 where my hair was red because, well, Ariel. SO HOW COULD I PASS THIS UP?


Okay, so let’s get back to planner hoarding. There’s one thing I do before I get a new planner, and I try to make sure I have a reason to use it, so I’m here today to tell you why I have no hesitation when buying a mini planner for the new year, how I use it effectively, and how you can do the same.

My favorite part about mini planners is they fit in ALL of my bags. Large, small, medium, backpack, fanny pack, etc. I love my bullet journal and will never abandon it, and I love my classic sized planner and will never abandon it, but I love my mini because it can go with me everywhere, no matter what. I realize that many people use their phones to track appointments on-the-go, but my brain just doesn’t work that way. It never has and it never will, no matter how many times I try, so this ensures I always have my schedule on hand or the ability to add and remove things on-the-go.

This new one is undated, which is a plus, so I started in December because I couldn’t wait!


I paired it with The Happy Planner Memory Keeping Dates & Holidays value sticker pack (link opens in new window) rather than writing everything in on my own. Who doesn’t love cute stickers?

Rather than filling this with excess stickers (unless I’m in the mood, of course), tracking bills/payments, project dates, work dates, etc., I simply use this for scheduling/appts and times that I will be unavailable. This way, if I’m at the doctor’s office and they want to schedule me for a month from now, I have a clear view of what that looks like so that I can avoid rescheduling later or having to call to get it on the books once I have my calendar in front of me.


There you have it! An on-the-go solution to your planning needs for those of you with a wide array of purses or bags and the lack of desire to force yourself on a digital calendar when it clearly hasn’t worked in the past.

How do you use your mini planners? What’s your favorite on-the-go planning solution? Let me know in the comments below!


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