Tips on using your Planner

I have always been a Stationary Lover. Take me to Japan and leave me at a stationary store and I'll be there all day! Along with that love for stationary comes a love for cute planners. I had them ALL over the years - Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Plum Planner, Target planners. I've made my own, bought some off Etsy. I've tried them all. No matter how many variations of planning tools I've bought, I have never used one single planner from cover to cover. Never. I've always gotten bored, found a cuter one, or stopped using it and then it got outdated.

So, I decided to create the ultimate planner with the things that I craved in a planner, but could never find. I took bits and pieces from my favorite tools and added ideas off my wishlist and ... our Na La Maika'i Planner was born. And ever since then, this is the ONLY planner I've been able to use in it's entirety!

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Now, here are my tips for using it:

  • Go month by month! Don't fill in all the dates when you first get it. There's power in it being undated. You don't have to feel the pressure of using it month after month. Just like anything else in life, we can get a little burnt out and some months, we're just winging life. Put your planner down when you're feeling too much pressure to have your life in order.
  • Use eraseable pens! Or pencil! Pilot Frixion pens are the best. Life happens and plans change. It's happened to me more than a few times. 
  • Use stamp markers to add a cute flair! I found these Frixion stamps and I also use my sons' Crayola stamp markers to make cute heart shaped bullet points to organize my to do list
  • If you're not much of a planner, another popular idea is to use this book as a journal! Take a couple minutes at the end of each day to reflect on the day and make goals for tomorrow. During the pandemic shut down, I had a planner specifically for this!
  • Read and learn the 'Olelo No'eau at the bottom of each work. Our kupuna left us with some amazing wisdom that is found in these traditional proverbs.

I can't tell you how grateful I am that so many of you love this planner and connect with it in the same ways I do. It's a great bridge to normalize 'Olelo Hawai'i into our daily lives through a tool that we can use everyday. 


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