I’ve always been a paper planner type of gal. Having tried multiple digital systems, I realized analog works best for me. Over the years I’ve used numerous different planners – regular every day planners, disc bound, a binder, traveler’s notebook, bullet journal system, a regular old notebook, etc. Currently, I’m using variations of the bullet journal system and my own style in a Leuchtturm 1917 – but no matter what you’re using as your planner, I highly recommed these products. These are the things I keep at my desk or in my bag to use in my planner regularly.
There are things you need and things you want… if you’re reading this with the idea of beginning an analog planner, bullet journal, etc. the basics are the first thinGS I’d recommend. Some of them aren’t “necessities”, however, I would count them as the top things I’d recommend starting with. The pizzazz comes later.
Pencil & Eraser.
Ruler, compass & protractor.
Add a bit of your personality and spice with colors, lettering, etc. Even if you’re going after a minimalistic planner, these things can add a little something when things start feeling drab. A pop, a punch and a dash of life!
Tombow Brush Pens
Water Colors & Water Brush Pens
The Extra Pizzazz
If you’re feeling really creative and want to go all out, these are the things baby! I like to keep my planners and notebooks to hopefully look back on someday. Adding things like pictures, tickets, notes, etc. can help preserve memories long after they’re gone!
Project Life Cards
I found these on clearance somewhere and had bought them a year or so before I realized I could just tape them into my planners! It was probably one of the greatest things I found. Even if it’s backing for flimsy paper, they’re perfect. With cute, inspirational, motivating, etc. quotes or pictures on them and whatever you added on the other side. You can also include them as a flip out for your key, notes and other such things as well! (Yes, these are one of the things I use the washi for!)