Tools of the Trade – Pens and Highlighters

Probably the second most important part of your planner next to having a layout you love is your writing utensil. You need to have a pen or pencil you are comfortable with, that you love to write with.

I’ve talked about my favorite pens before – the Pilot Frixion Pens. They are a gel pen that are erasable. I can’t stand the look of crossed out words and white-out tape on my planner. It looks messy and indecisive. If I didn’t have these pens, I’d probably use pencil because my schedule changes. I change my to do list constantly. When I write in my brain dump section, sometimes my brain works faster than I can write and I skip words.

They use a special ink that erases with heat (ie friction). I’ve been told that if you get the page cold, the erased words will show up again. I haven’t seen that happen yet, and today it is a record freezing cold day (-22 without windchill). On the flip side, I’ve been told that if the pages get too hot (left in a hot car), the words will all disappear. I haven’t seen that yet, either, but then again, my planner is always with me. I have ruined 1 pen because it got too hot that the ink refused to write.

I have different colored pens and they each have a separate meaning when used in my planner for scheduling. Red is for work. I also use this pen in my work productivity box to track how much I get done in a day. Purple is for my appointments. Green is for my son or for family appointments (like Oma’s birthday dinner). Turquoise is for Dance events, because one of the studio colors is turquoise.

I’ve seen in other planners a legend of sorts for pen colors. Each color represents a different thing. Same with highlighter colors. Plus, if you use different colors, the planner pages are very pretty.

Because I love lists, I also love checking things off my list. There’s nothing more satisfying (except maybe seeing a package go out the door). So, I always have a highlighter in my planner to “cross off” done tasks. This shows me what I’ve done and what I have left to do. I don’t use different colored highlighters in my planner, because a highlighted task only means one thing to me – a completed task. But I have seen planners with different highlighter colors to mean different things.

I’m not saying you need to have different pen colors and different highlighter colors. This is more of a “what works for me” post. I have my planner and I take it to another level with the different colors because that’s what makes me feel more organized.

Time to share! What’s your favorite pen/writing utensil you use in your planner?

Until next time,


1 Comment

  1. oprol evorter on April 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Hey, you used to write fantastic, but the last several posts have been kinda boringK I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

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