Colour Coding Your Planner: A Socolo's Ultimate Guide

Colour Coding Your Planner: A Socolo's Ultimate Guide

Posted by Chantal Gagnon on

Hello stationery enthusiasts!

Welcome back to our blog where we continuously aim to inspire creativity, encourage organisation, and share our love for all things stationery. Today, we're delving into a practice that's not only visually appealing but can transform the way you interact with your planner - we're talking about colour coding.

What is colour coding, you ask? It's a method of categorising information by using different colours. And the beautiful thing is, it’s completely customisable to you! Whether you're a seasoned planner veteran or just starting on your organising journey, this method can simplify your life in a vibrant, fun way. Ready to explore the spectrum of possibilities? Let's dive in!

Why Colour Code?

Colour coding is a game-changer for many reasons. For one, it enhances visual recall. When you assign specific colours to certain tasks or events, your brain is more likely to remember them. Plus, with a quick glance at your planner, you can instantly assess your schedule. Blue for doctor’s appointments, red for deadlines, green for personal time – see? Quick and easy!

Choosing Your Colours

There is a rainbow of pens, markers, and highlighters out there, ready to bring your planner to life. But before you get carried away by the ocean of options, it's important to devise a system that makes sense to you.

You could allocate colours according to:

  1. Type of Task: Work, personal, family, health, finance, etc.
  2. Priority: Urgent, high, medium, low.
  3. Time of Day: Morning, afternoon, evening.
  4. Person: If you're managing a team or a busy household, assign each person a colour. Georgina from @fantastic_alternative_brains is a huge fan of this. Check out her Instagram for more information on how she goes about colour coding her family planner. 

Remember, the key is consistency. Stick to your chosen system so your brain starts associating colours with their corresponding categories.

Tools for Colour Coding

The next step is the fun part - choosing your tools! Visit our store, and you'll find a variety of pens, markers, and highlighters in a rainbow of colours. Some popular options include:

  • Fine Liners: Great for detailed notes or small planners.
  • Gel Pens: They write smoothly and come in many vibrant colours.
  • Highlighters: Ideal for emphasising important tasks or events.
  • Coloured Pencils: Perfect for those who love a softer, more subtle look.

Remember, it's essential to choose tools that inspire you to use them, making the planning process a joy rather than a chore.

Implementing Your Colour-Code

Now that you have your colours and tools, it's time to get colouring! Start small if you're new to colour coding. Perhaps begin by highlighting deadlines and appointments in different colours. As you get more comfortable, you can start assigning colours to different task types or priorities.

Be patient with yourself; it may take some time to get used to your new system. But once you do, you'll find your planning to be more efficient and enjoyable.

Embrace the Joy of Colour-Coding

Colour coding is more than just making your planner look pretty. It's about creating a system that helps you stay organised, focused, and in control. So, invite some colour into your life. We're here to support you in your journey with the best quality stationery supplies you need.

Remember, there's no right or wrong way to colour-code your planner. It's all about finding a system that works for you and your lifestyle. Let your planner be a reflection of your unique, colourful life.

Happy colour coding, everyone!

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