February 3, 2015

How I Use My Day Designer

I am a little bit obsessive compulsive. I like to plan things and color coordinate. At work I have this big notebook that keeps all my lists of things to do. That notebook is starting to run out of pages, and I was starting to freak out a little bit.

Enter the Whitney English Day Designer. I had seen them floating around Instagram for a while, and I thought they just had an amazing layout. A place for a schedule and a place for a to-do list? Brilliance! I knew I had to purchase one immediately.

My Day Designer is one of the best investments I've made in a while. It has definitely helped me to become more organized in my day to day life. I purchased one of the "perfectly imperfect" models when they went on sale, and honestly, I haven't found anything wrong with it. I was really lucky to be able to purchase mine right when I was looking, because people seriously scalp these things!!


I  love using my Day Designer for a planner mostly at work, but also at home. I use it as my primary to-do list, scheduling out my day and meals. I know a lot of people get really into the pens, washi tape and ribbons, but I don't really. I bought some of the Staedtler pens, so that I could use them for a few different things in my office, not just exclusively for my planner.

I know that I am always fascinated by how other people use their planners, so I thought I'd show you how I use mine! Forgive my blurry photo! I was in a rush to take it yesterday!


Here you can see how I typically set up my days in my Day Designer. This was a pretty light day, actually, and it was payday!

I put my work to-do list starting at the top, and then work down. I put my personal to-do list starting at the bottom and working up. A lot of my personal to-dos often go in the "top three" so that I make sure to remember them.

I always schedule my lunch and dinner, especially since we are trying to eat healthy. This ensures that I make sure to pack a lunch (and sometimes dinner if I'm working late!) and don't get stuck ordering out.

I plan my blog posts in the due sections, and often end up crossing them out, when I change my mind. I admit that I don't really work well from an editorial calendar.

All of my very important dates go on the monthly section. I always refer to those, and then fill them in to the daily schedule as they come up. I try to plan my daily schedule at least two days in advance, but sometimes it is the day before. If I can wrap my head around the next day, I feel like I'm doing good. Sometimes that even just means taking a minute to write down my to-do list before I leave work at night.

I hope you find this as interesting as I do! I always feel like a peek into someone's planner is like a peek into their brain! Do you use your planner in a similar or different way?

26 comments:

  1. What a pretty day-designer! I don't think I could live without mine! It carries my life. haha

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  2. I actually have the Day Designer featured in the picture and love it. I am not busy as I first thought I was now that I write everything down but I have found great value in Whitney's Well-Designed Year course which helps me to plan and create with intentionality.

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  3. I looked into the day designer. Its nice to hear about it :)

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  4. I love my Day designer! I always love to look at how everyone else uses theirs I don't use much washi tape, but I do use it to divide up my to do list into personal and work!

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  5. I love organization, but I admit, I need to be a little more disciplined. I love planners and organizers like yours! Although I have a bunch of apps on my phone to help me stay organized... I prefer pen and paper!

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  6. I am a planner, so I always use a planner, Great tool for organizeation. I love the old school way too

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  7. OMG I totally love my Day Designer! Right now I mainly use mine for light planning but I LOVE it so far. Best investment :) Thank you for sharing!!

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  8. I loved having a planner when I was in college, and miss using it. I tried to use one earlier this year, but I wasn't consistent enough. Maybe it just wasn't the right format!

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  9. It's so fun to see how others use their planners! Looks like you got a cute one!

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  10. I am extremely OCD about my planners too and this looks like a great one! I have sen these floating around but haven't checked it out until now!! This may be my new planner next year!!

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  11. So I bought a planner and printed a blog planner but have not even opened the regular planner! I always have my phone on me so I literally use the calendar and notes f everything. But I can see how it's nice to see it laid out bigger. I wish I was creative enough to use all the ribbons etc!

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  12. I am a planner nerd! I love planners! kikki.K and Filofax are the only 2 I have owned. The Day Designer is soon pretty. Thanks for sharing. #planNerdsunite LOL

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  13. This looks like a great planner! I might have to go with this next year instead of the one I've been using. I've had the Lilly Pulitzer planner for years and I love it!!

    http://beingleanna.com/how-i-stay-organized-2/

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  14. Haha! I've always wanted a filofax. I might try that next.

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  15. Right? It's like a peek into someone's mind. Thanks!

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  16. I used to have one that was monthly and then weekly format. I put that one down and didn't really use it. Now that I have this one, and it includes the to-do list, I use it every day.

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  17. Seriously, it is the best. Some days are light planning and some are heavy. Mostly mine is used for planning my to-do list and meals. Not so much my daily schedule.

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  18. I prefer paper and pen too, but I do also use google calendar! It takes a mix of both :)

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  19. That's a good idea! I feel like a good divider would be worth it. What do you use to mark what day it is?

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  20. I've tried printed blog planners, but I can never stick to them. It's funny that I'm such a planner person and I can't even stick to a blog planner!


    I almost feel like the ribbon and tape and stuff is almost a waste of time. It's very pretty, but I don't really have time in the day for all of that.

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  21. I highly recommend it! They are seriously life changing. I just love that it has room for my daily to do list on the day, and has a monthly section too for important dates.

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  22. It's awesome! The best part is the amount of space. Definitely an investment!

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  23. Right! I feel like I need it with me everywhere!

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  24. I've debated on the extra courses. I'm not sure if I'm at the point of organization where I want to spend the money on them yet though.

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  25. I do too. I love that this is so easy to use to keep yourself organized!

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