I’ll preface this by saying it is a post geared toward people who prefer to plan on paper, and less toward those who prefer to plan digitally.
That being said, one of the greatest joys (I believe) in a paper planner is the actual process of writing in it, decorating it, and color-coding it. Below is a list of some of my favorite supplies.
The pens I use include Uniball Signo 207 (0.7mm) in assorted colors and Pilot G-2 (0.5mm) in black. I’ve also used a Uniball Signo “Ultra Micro” 0.38mm and the Write Dudes UGG 130 0.5mm (a gift). I like all of these, but of them, I have to say that the G-2 is my favorite.
I’m the kind of person who very much likes nice pens. I also like having colored pens, just to spice up my planning life, or to organize tasks by color. Life is too short not to have pretty writing utensils, that’s what I always say.
You can always use pencils, too. Fewer mistakes that way.
You can get highlighters in multiple colors anywhere, but I’m a fan of Zebra Mildliners. As the name suggests, the highlighter colors are a milder shade that don’t hurt your eyes as much.
Highlighters are great for color-coding, decoration, reminders, and for blocking off chunks of time if your planner is hourly/appointment-style. That last one is what I use mine for, color-coding by type of event (class, extracurriculars, fun/hobbies, etc.).
3. Sticky notes & flags
Sticky notes are useful for just that–random notes, to-do-lists, and doodles that can be moved. Post-it flags have more versatile uses. They can serve as page markers, tabs marking important sections of a planner, or as de facto white-out when an appointment has to be canceled or replaced.
If you use pens, this is obvious.
5. Mini stapler
Sometimes, outside objects need to go in your planner. Itineraries, memos, movie tickets you want to save for later scrapbooking, etc. Also, it’s never a bad thing to have a stapler on hand, especially if you’re a student.
6. (Washi) tape
Tape is always helpful to have around, and why not make it fun, decorative washi tape?
This is just a list of what’s in my supplies box, as both a planner/writer and a student. It might be a little excessive for some people, but in the world of #planneraddicts, these are ultra basic. Regardless, I hope you’ve been able to find something helpful here!