Planner Accessories: Expert Tips and Tricks

Just like a cute headband or a flowy scarf, accessories make everything more fun! The same goes for planning. We all know that daily planning or journaling helps us stay organized. But, it doesn’t have to be daunting when you have the right planner accessories. Improve your planning prowess with fresh, new, and colorful pens, pencils, and notebooks from OOLY, along with these expert tips and tricks.  

More Planning, Less Stress

For me, planning is the key to less stress in the week ahead. And I’m a very visual person so writing down all of my weekly tasks and goals puts me at ease.

As a parent, we find ourselves with new job titles that we never expected to have. Which hat will you be wearing today? Teacher? Cafeteria chef? Teacher? Janitor? Peacekeeper? The list goes on and on. Let’s all pause for a moment and give ourselves a round of applause for stopping on a dime and pivoting to do this or that 24/7, 365 days per year. Not to mention, we often take on more than we can sometimes handle. 

So, how do we avoid missing a single event, practice, or recital!? By keeping everything organized in our unique, customized just-for-you planners!

hand putting tape on planner pages on wooden table with colorful pens next to it

Planners are for kids too!

Don’t forget to get the kids involved in the planning and journaling process too! I wish that I started journaling earlier in life. It probably would have helped me keep my school work and after school activities organized. More importantly, I could have written my feelings down in daily entries instead of bottling them up. All of us, even kids, encounter tough times at some point in our lives.

When my planner is organized and decorated, I feel relaxed. Maybe it’s just color-coding specific categories with scented neon highlighters, or adding some flair with fun and fancy stickers to my page, or perhaps it’s underlining the top priorities with glittery gel pens. Planning and journaling are non-negotiable for me, so why not make it fun too?!

To help you relax, get creative, or add color to your day, here’s a round-up of the cute and cool journal and planner accessories to get the whole family involved in the planning process.

The Best Planner Accessories

Whether you want to kick off the New Year to start planning more, or if it’s something you’ve always done and you need a little creativity boost, OOLY has the planner accessories you need. Here’s a round-up of my favorite planner accessories, including pens, pencils, highlighters, stickers, and more that add happy every day.

colorful journal pages for the month of august with colorful pens on white background

Planner Pens with Panache

Modern Writers Gel Pens 

These are seriously my favorite everyday pens. You will find them all over my house because I love them that much. First, I like to use these for my daily layouts and color-coding my family’s activities. There’s a color for my husband and one for me to keep our busy schedules straight. These are also my go-to pens for meal planning.

fountain pens next to april 2020 planner pages

Fab Fountain Pens

First of all, I love the mismatched caps and bases on these fountain pens! These pens have that glide for longer journal entries–perfect for a daily recap or gratitude journal. The fountain pens give you that old school feel that what you have to say is really important, plus they come in modern colors—the thin carefree line pairs well with the thicker, more bold planner marker.
december planner pages with colorful pens on white background

Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens

These bring me back to my childhood… where we had fewer responsibilities. The best thing about these glitter gel pens is that they don’t bleed like the ones we had many years ago. This is a HUGE deal for me, guys. Why? Because I HATE smudges in my journal (I may be a little bit of a neat freak.) By the way, these pens are perfect for teens and young adults journaling.

rainbow assortment of markers next to planner page

Planner Markers with Moxie

Seriously Fine Markers

These felt tip markers are my favorite to use when tracking habits, money, and moods. These markers are so colorful, and their “seriously fine” tip makes it super easy to fill in tiny squares or bubbles. They come in a wide array of colors, from magenta to fiery orange to emerald green, so that you can choose from plenty of options. These are also great for outlining boxes, doodling in the corners, etc. A must-have!

Make No Mistakes Erasable Markers

I like these markers because the erasable capabilities are exceptional! Like I mentioned above, with my neatness preference, it’s nice to be able to erase something if I messed up or wanted to erase something off my to-do list page. Their bold color is fantastic, making them a must on my desk!

pastel highlighters next to planner page

Helpful Highlighters for Planning

Pastel Mints Scented Highlighters

You can’t go wrong with scented anything growing up. Your kiddos will love these scented highlighters! They smell great and look great, too. Perfect for color-coding activities.

Mini Magic Liners Erasable Highlighters

Priorities change! It’s okay when you have these magic erasable highlighters. Highlight the most important dates and tasks with one end, erase and change things up with the other end.

 

erasable markers shown with mountain drawing

 

DIY Planner Notebooks

Color Write Mini Pocket Pal Journals

This set of 8 journals is perfect for getting the whole family involved in planning. Perfect for keeping a gratitude journal, a daily planner, a travel journal, or all of the above! These multi-colored notebooks are perfect for the minimalist, or I love the Celestial Stars, Monsters, and Ombre style too!

Oh My Glitter Notebooks

Add a little sparkle to your daily planner! Oh My Glitter notebooks will make sure there’s never a dull moment. Find them in gold, blue or pink.

Planning Doesn’t Have to be a Process

Below are great journal embellishments if you’d like to get your kids involved in the journaling process. I wish that I started journaling earlier in life. I think it would have helped me through school to keep my school work and after school activities organized. It also would have helped me by writing down my feelings and daily entries instead of bottling it up to get through the tough times we all encounter at some point in our lives. OOLY has a super awesome fun notebook that I know I would have loved growing up. It is double sided – how cool?! 

 


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