I've been using a planner consistently for a little over a year now. You can read here about my planner use before 2014. If you are a loyal reader of this blog, you know that I have adopted many of the techniques that Kristy writes about on her blog, Giftie Etcetera, so many of my tips are not original (why reinvent the wheel?) and I will try to always link back to the sources I use.
I refer Kristy's method as a no-nonsense approach - write everything down that needs to be done, processing these items into different areas of the planner in order to take care of them in the most efficient way possible.
Many people like to decorate their planners in varying degrees. You have, what I call, the scrapbook planners where every day is decorated with tape and stickers and decorative writing. I loved scrapbooking for a long while but then I had children. I can't do scrapbooking and planning at the same time - I get waay to distracted.
See the Washi tape in that little drawer (it's about 9 inches wide)? That's all the tape I have. I bought the thin, solid color tape probably my first week of planning Every once in awhile I will use it to put a line of color on one of my pages, but 98% of the pages in my planner have no tape or other decorations.
A person's planner is as unique as they are and what works for one, will not work for all. Decorating pages does not working for me. My planner is more like a portable brain and that is what I need it for the most.
What kind of planner are you? I'd love to get some discussions going this month so if you'd like to join in on the conversation, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.