Cobalt blue and polka dot Sugar Paper planners

Start 2017 With a Plan(ner): Sugar Paper Co-Founder Shares Organizing Tips for the New Year

The holidays are over and New Year’s Eve has come and gone. That means it’s time to head back to work and try to get into a rhythm again. Luckily, you don’t have to go at it alone! These pretty planners from our beloved Sugar Paper for Target collection are decked out with the tools you need—from monthly and weekly calendar views to a dedicated notes section and to-do checklists—to help get 2017 off to an organized (and stylish) start.

Bright blue sugar paper planner with sleek white scissors and other office supplies

Better yet, Sugar Paper co-founder Chelsea Shukov gave us the inside scoop on how she and co-founder Jamie Grobecker organize their own planners! Read on for her expert advice:

How do you go about setting up your planner?
I am always the most excited to add the year’s big events, like birthdays, weddings and big dates for Sugar Paper. That said, I tend to start with the smaller things just to make sure I like my handwriting that day! Once I feel good about it, I’ll go in and put all of the big dates in. The rest I’ll fill in over time—generally laying everything out at the beginning of the month on the monthly pages for a bit of an overview, then breaking it down day-by-day on the weekly pages. 

What’s your favorite section of the planner?
Definitely the notes pages! Jamie and I are always running from one meeting to the next and hopping on calls in between. Having a lot of extra space to jot down notes is crucial, and again, when it’s all in one spot, there are a lot fewer things we need to carry around (or worry about misplacing). 

How can Target guests looking to get organized for the New Year get the most out of their planners?
Our biggest piece of advice is to pick one planner that works for you and stick with it. That’s the part that takes us the longest—picking which one we want to use for the year. But it makes a big difference to have everything in one place. Different people have different styles of organization: some really only need the monthly layouts, and some like a more in-depth look at the day and live for the weekly pages. Find what works best for you, then commit. 

What’s the benefit of having a tangible planner, rather than keeping a phone or computer calendar?
We’d by lying if we said we never used our phone or computer calendars, but we’re big fans of putting pen to paper. We tend to use our phone calendars for conference calls and meetings so that we get a little alert that we have something coming up in case we’re busy with something else. Our paper planners are a lot more helpful when looking at our overall schedules. While digital calendars limit you to one type of layout, paper planners give you the freedom to create a system that works best for you. The creative people in us value that the most—the ability to organize the way that we want to in a very visual manner, versus the way that a tech system tells us to. I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to give up our paper planners for that very reason. 

Sugar Paper for Target planners are available now in Target stores and on Target.com—prices range from $9.99 to $19.99.

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