How to Stay Focused in Your Planner

Posted by Jennifer Reyes
Having trouble getting things done? Need a way to prioritize things in your life? Are you losing track of what is important? Try this technique in your ring-bound planner to help sort it all out.

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Hi! Jennifer here to show you a technique on how to stay focused in your ring-bound planner. This technique will work with either a Personal or A5 size planner such as the Carpe Diem A5 Planner or the Webster's Pages Color Crush Planners in Personal and A5 size, which I will be using today.


  • Color Crush Faux Leather Personal Planner Kit 5.5"X8"
  • Carpe Diem A5 Planner
  • Any Die Cutting machine
  • Waffle Flower Crafts Clear Stamps 4"X6"-Planner-Stay Focused
  • Waffle Flower Crafts - Stay Focused Die
  • VersaFine Pigment Small Ink Pad-Black Onyx
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
  • Martha Stewart Scoring Board

I used this great die cut set from Waffle Flower Crafts. What I love about this set is that all the pieces from this die cut can be utilized for one project or even multiple projects. Simply die cut several pieces out on to some cardstock. I wanted to have 3 specific cards (Important, Work and Personal). This is also a great way to use all those scrap pieces left over from other projects. I just used some color coordinated cardstock.

Using the Waffle Flower Crafts Clear Stamp Set - Stay Focused, I stamped words onto each bookmark. Then, placed the bookmarks on top of each card to easily see them. Next, I took a bold pen or marker, such as the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, to jot down the important dates I need to keep in mind as I plan out each month. This helps me to remember dates that are several months ahead of time. I do this prior to finalizing them into my calendar, just in case any changes occur.

With my scoring board I created some tabs to put onto each card. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere them on.

Each tab can be filled in to prioritize items or flipped around to label each card. Each tab has 3 shapes punched out. Simply fill in one for high priority, two for medium priority, or three for low priority. Then, place them into your ring bound planner and you are ready to go! I hope that this tutorial helps you stay focused with planning your days, weeks and months ahead. Happy Planning!