I am a planner. I plan for everything (only a slight exaggeration). As the busy mom of three, using a planner and a bullet journal keeps me focused, organized and sane. I’ve made DIY dividers to further organize my Happy Planner. I love making these one-of-a-kind DIY dividers with tabs for my Happy Planner. They’re so easy to make and cost just pennies (like $.17 each). Really.
If you’re going to invest the money and effort into using a Happy Planner or any planner, it’s important to keep it organized so that’s you get the maximum benefit from it. Some of my favorite ways to organize my Happy Planner are:
- Use DIY Happy Planner Pocket Folders that you can make yourself. These pockets are perfect for holding notes, stickers and other Happy Planner items.
- Use washi tape to flag and identify areas I want to access quickly.
- Use Daily To-Do List Printable Sticky Notes to keep track of daily tasks (check out the post to get your own free copy of the printable). I’ve also shared a tutorial showing you how to print on sticky notes so you can design your own.
- Use different colored pens to identify different family members’ activities and appointments.
- Use these DIY Dividers I’ve created to categorize my notes.
DIY Dividers for Happy Planners
Supplies to Make Your Own DIY Dividers
- Decorative Folders – I found mine at Target, 9 for $3. I could get at least two from each folder, so that makes each divider just $.17 each. And that leaves you enough folder to make several more half-sized dividers, which further lowers the cost.
- The DIY Divider template that I made. You can download your own copy to use.
- Crop-a-dile or Small Hole Punch – Used to punch the holes or you can use the Happy Planner Punch.
- Happy Planner Punch – Optional, but very nice to have
Look how pretty these tabs are! They make it easy to keep my notes organized and accessible.
DIY Dividers Tutorial
Print out your copy of the DIY Dividers Template. Use it to cut dividers out of your folders.
- There are two divider styles in the template. To create the third divider, simply flip the first one over so that the tab in on the far left (and remember to punch the holes on the opposite side).
- My folders already came with labels, like the Future Plans below. Consider where to place your template based on the design of your folders.
If you have a Happy Planner Punch, punch holes on the side of each divider (take time to check which side the holes go on for your third divider). If you don’t have a Happy Planner or arc disc punch follow these steps:
- Take a piece of paper from your Happy Planner for the placement of your holes.
- Use a pen to mark a dot in the center of each D-shaped hole in the paper.
- Use the Crop-a-dial or small hole punch to punch out the dots you made. Then Take scissors and cut a slit from the edge of the divider to the holes you punched.
And that just took you about 5, maybe 10 minutes if your printer gave you trouble. Are you as proud as I am of these lovely Happy Planner dividers?
More Happy Planner and Planner Ideas:
- DIY Happy Planner Pocket Folders
- Daily To-Do List Printable for Sticky Notes
- Bullet Journal – What Is It?
- Start Bullet Journaling for $1
- Bullet Journal Ideas for the Minimalist
I won’t keep you any longer. I know you’re anxious to get started making your own DIY Dividers for your Happy Planner!
For more simple and powerful productivity tips, hacks and printables, see the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.