Planner Girl 101: Series to Educate, Encourage, & Empower


Are you a planner girl? Newbie? Wannabe? Have no idea where to start but know that planning is for you? Check out our new series to educate, encourage, & empower ALL planner girls. (Because guess what? You already are!)


Hey all you ladies who want to get your planning on!  All you planner wannabes, newbies, and addicts (you know who you are!).

Welcome to Planner Girl 101!  This series has been created to educate, encourage, and empower anyone who loves the world of planning.

Why Planner Girl 101?

Jenn (co-owner of Planner Squad and “my person”) and I are frequently asked about how to start planning.  We get questions like:

  • What is planning?
  • What do I need to start planning?
  • How much time does planning take?
  • What do all those crazy abbreviations and lingo mean?
  • Where do I go to get these planner goodies that you all speak of?
  • What planner is best for a beginner?
  • And the list goes on and on!

And we totally LOVE it!

We want to hear more and more questions about planning!  Planner Squad is all about spreading the planner love, baby!

A few other comments that were the driving force behind this much-needed series include:

  • Well, I am NOT a planner girl! (said with a sniff and condescending tone)
  • I only use digital planning, therefore, I am NOT a planner girl!
  • Sounds nice, but I don’t have time to plan.
  • Groovy, but I don’t have money to plan.

Au contraire, mon frere!  (That’s a bit of French for ya!  Ooh la la!)

Sweet pea, I’m here to assure you that you ARE a planner girl.  It is my firm belief that we ALL are planner girls.  (I want to climb to the highest mount and scream it from the rooftops.  Fortunately, I have Jenn to restrain me from acting upon such foolish notions.)

Oh yes, you read that right!  You ARE a planner girl.  Even if you have never used a color pen or written a date in a calendar or own a roll of washi tape!

Hopes & Dreams of Planner Girl 101 Series

The mission of Planner Squad is to unite the planning community, one roll of washi at a time.

It is also our passion to bring the joy and benefits of planning to all.

It is to shed light on what planning actually is, to debunk myths of what a planner girl is said to be, and to help all those closet planner girls come out into the light and embrace their inner planner.

Let your Planner Love shine!  (I feel like I need to grab a lighter and wave it back and forth in the air.)

We shall be looking at it all, from Planner ABCs to tips & tricks to ways to grow in your planning.

Join Planner Squad for our Planner Girl 101 series. We hope to educate, encourage, and empower ALL planner girls!

How Can You Help?

For now, write your questions, experiences, and tips for becoming a planner girl in the comment section below.  What would have been helpful for you to know as a planner newbie? If you are a newbie, ask your questions here!  (Remember:  No question is too small or is silly!  If you have the question, chances are quite a few other ladies do, too!)

I am working on a major project that will be coming very soon!  If you are interested in helping other planner girls get started and reach their planning potential, email me (Amy) [email protected]

Super excited to get this planner girl party started!



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Amy Milcic is a mental health therapist turned homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys. She knows the importance of having the right planner that fits your needs. Amy specializes in planning-on-the-go, homeschool, and sports family planning. Amy blogs at Rock Your Homeschool to share positive and creative approaches to {homeschool} family life.


  1. Jaynelle says

    Educate! Encourage! Empower! Sounds great! I will definitely be following this post! I’m ready to learn something new! I love to be motivated and inspired!

      • Lynne says

        Hi Amy,
        Thanks for the reply (where is the “like” button when you need one!) 🙂 Yes, I am a member of the FB group, so don’t quite know why I had never thought of that! Doh!

        Good news on the other questions, I can’t wait to see the series! 🙂

  2. Heidi says

    I was a planner girl, then left it trying to go digital and when I decided to go back to paper, wow was I surprised at what was out there, the choices!!! My advice is to just start with what you are drawn to. Read some and look at pics too if you have no idea. I think there are 2 main categories of fill in and then create your own like in a traveler’s notebook. I wished I had heard more of just start and don’t worry about how yours looks compared to others, do not compare, focus more on what you would like to accomplish. Like are you simply wanting to create, to use it for something specific like homeschooling, job project, church activity, kid memory keeping, etc.., the list goes on and on. I have more than one because I decided that I like and NEED to create for my own sanity, therapy, and pure enjoyment. Getting and being organized helps me function better so it isn’t seen as a burden to do planners, I feel like I actually like the “excuse” to create another one. Own your own! Share with your own children and teach them a life skill that can serve them in life too, or not if you don’t want to. Its ok to decide you really don’t like one, feel guilty about spending the money, well don’t because of RAK’s (random acts of kindness) you can pass it on to someone who loves yours that just doesn’t serve you. Plus, there are FB groups dedicated to selling/destashing as well. Personally planning is empowering, encouraging, and so uplifting to me, has really helped me with personal development in ways I just didn’t realize years ago when I did it. I only used it to plan, now I plan and create!

  3. Victoria Jorgensen says

    I can’t afford to do the full page sticker spread week after week. Hipow do you lay out your spread to look nice with what you can afford (pieces from here and there)?

  4. Siane Su says


    I found out what a planner world is last October and I got drawn deeper I have my own planner started on November. I have this personal size binder planner from way back in junior high but I have never known the use of it. I was only enjoying making collection of its cute inserts, without even write ANY kind of writing onto it. Last time I found myself got addicted by it and I bought my first horizontal agenda on November. I printed my own inserts and free printables I found on web. I jot everything down like anything that happen today. But, now I feel like I don’t know what am I doing and I start to think why am I even keeping any. Can anyone help? I really need a reason to make me keep on track, as I still feel very jealous whenever I see how other planner girls do so well with their planner.

    • Amy Milcic says

      Hey! Well, #1-please don’t worry about what other planner girls are doing! It’s all about you & how planning works for you:) When I have felt like I don’t know what I’m doing with a planner, I switch things up. I may find a new planner to play in or dig out an older one & see what I can do. I think the most important thing is to thing about what you need and want to plan.

      • Siane Su says

        Hello, Amy! thank you for your insight ? right now i’m starting to enjoy decorating and planning on my personal planner and got myself hooked too much in A5 memory planning. now i can’t seem to stop doing it, i just want to write, write, and write ?

  5. Stephanie Brown says

    Plan for YOU!!! Don’t worry about how everyone else does their layout. Sure, use it for ideas and inspiration, but for Pete’s sake, make it your own! If you love washi, washi it up! If you don’t know what washi is, stick around. I PROMISE we will have you on the washi wagon. If you love no white space or lots of white space, we welcome you. Plan it how you like it 🙂

    • Amy Milcic says

      Great question, Donna! Dotted & graph papers are often used in bullet journals (bujo). Bujo users will design their own layout based on their schedule, activities, & needs. They use the dots or lines to guide their layouts:)

  6. Lynne says

    I’m a planner newbie and your project sounds amazing! So many acronyms and planner words (what are “littles”???) so it would be fab to have a translator!

    For me, here in the UK, we don’t have a Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree or Michael’s, so some of the really cool planner items we have to import and $19.95 postage for a roll of $5 washi just doesn’t add up! Any tips for cheap loot would brilliant. There are quite a few Etsy shops in the UK with cheaper postage, but in the US you have way more variety!

    Just a few other suggestions for questions:
    > A spiral bound Erin Condron looks amazeballs although out of my price range just now!! However I run my year Jan to Dec and her’s seem to be 18 months (or am I missing something?). Can you remove/add pages? If so, how!
    > Currently I use a semi normal diary, ring bound, A5. How do I make it a “planner”?? The stickers are too big, are there options??
    > In my house there is just my partner and I and our 4 cats! We don’t have any kids to plan around, nor and home-schooling, we just work full time and chill at home or out with friends at the weekend. What am I planning!!!??
    > How long does it take to do a weekly spread? They look so beautiful and YouTube videos of setting up a week seem to last 20-30 mins, with some bits speeded up!
    > What is the difference between a repositionable sticker and a non-repositionable sticker?? I get the basic difference (you can stick and then move one and not the other!), but why would you want to?? Is it just in case of mistakes, and how “repositionable” are they really???

    Sorry for the long-winded message and for the numpty questions, but good luck with the project! I can’t wait to read and explore the 101 series! 🙂

    Good luck!

    • Amy Milcic says

      Hey Lynne! Those aren’t numpty questions at all (and I love that word and just might steal it!). We have a few Squadettes in the UK so you could ask in our Facebook group (are you a member?) for recommendations on finding planner goodies on the cheap. I will be addressing your questions in this series. The main one that stuck out for me here is What am I planning? Well, you have quite a few options. Health & fitness? Meal planning? Financial? Bucket list? Doodle or art journal challenges? Personal growth? Your question has now prompted an idea for a new blog post-thank you:)

  7. Kelly says

    Hi planner girls!!! Not quite a newbie but still have lots To learn!! Would love to know how many of any of you have invested in a cutting printer yet??? I am really interested in learning more about those and want to know diff between silhouette vs. cricut. Etc. I have been playing with silhouette software and layouts and printables but want to know more!!! I’m such a computer nerd!!! Love design stuff like that!!! So any and all help suggestions whatever would be great!!! Thanks in advance ???

    • Jenn Roberts says

      We use a silhouette for the Planner Squad Shoppe. The reason I went with Silhouette vs Cricut is because the Cricut has to be connected to the internet to use (unless they’ve recently changed that). I’ve been using the silhouette portrait. Hope that helps! -Jenn

      • Kelly says

        Oh that is a GREAT help jenn!!! Thank you SO much!!! And I saw the Facebook post about the tutorial too for sticker cutting so when I can justify the cost of a silhouette. LOL. Then I will be using that tutorial for sure!!! Thanks again for you input!!!

  8. Sherry says

    I am only about 6 months old in the planner world but I absolutely love it! I was watching a diy video for house organization and the lady in the video spoke about her planner. So I started researching planners, then I started watching plan with me videos on YouTube and that was all it took to get me hooked! I am a mother to two teenagers, one away at school, so I will admit that I don’t really have a lot of plans to put in my planner every week but I still love doing it anyway! Its almost like scrapbooking for me as sometimes I have so few plans that I’m really just decorating!! I encourage anyone to give it a try. It really is a great creative outlet and it makes me so very happy!!

  9. Sheliegha says

    This is my first attempt at using a planner. I’m so looking forward to getting started. Tonight after work I went and bought my planner so here goes.


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