Planner Lingo

Planner Lingo

If you’re relatively new to the planner community, you may have seen planner-related content that includes words & phrases you may not recognize.  We've listed quite a few of the more common "planner terms" to help you get in the know!

  • Bleeding occurs when ink soaks through a piece of paper to the other side. This is a problem because you might not be able to write on both sides of a piece of paper if it bleeds too much. It also means that ink might soak through onto the next piece of paper or even the surface you’re writing on.
  • B/S/T refers to "buy/sell/trade".  You can find particular buy, sell, and trade groups on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Buy/sell/trade groups are a great place to find second-hand planners, inserts, accessories, etc. They are also a great place to sell your planner and planner-related items.  You must keep in mind that these groups do have specific rules and recommendations that should be followed.
  • BUJO is a nickname for "bullet journal"; this is a method of planning, journaling, and note-taking that uses bullet points as the core structure.
  • Daily Log is used to capture a list of to-do's, observations, and/or things you did on a particular day; this is normally used in bullet journals.
  • Dashboard are normally the first page of a planner that is sometimes laminated, made of vellum, and/or has a pretty pattern, photo, or illustration; some use this as an "Inbox" and place post-its or page flags here to highlight priority items while others use dashboards as deco throughout their planners.
  • Disc-bound refers to the use of round, plastic or metal discs that are used to create a custom notebook, journal, planner, etc.; these discs are available in a variety of sizes and a special punch is often used to create re-positionable pages in the planner. 
  • Dividers are used to divide the sections of your planner; they are normally made of plastic, heavy cardstock, or laminated scrapbook paper.  Dividers are easy DIY items or they can be purchased from a seller.
  • Dutch door layout refers to cutting your planner or journal page in half so you can view multiple pages at one time; an example of when this layout is used is to view weekly tasks that you don’t want to keep re-writing each week.
  • EDC refers to an "everyday carry" planner that you use daily and bring with you on-the-go.  It's important to consider size, portability, and functionality when choosing the right everday carry planner.
  • Feathering occurs when the paper you are writing on has fibers that are highly absorbent and pull ink more quickly from your pen.
  • Full Box refers to a sticker, stamp, or piece of decorative scrapbook paper that fits 1 box of a vertical -style planner such as those offered by The Happy Planner or Erin Condren; measurements for a full box is usually 1.5 in. x 1.9 in.
  • Future Log refers to a year-at-a-glance calendar used to note events and both short-term and long-term goals; the future log is usually used in bullet journals.
  • Ghosting occurs when you see a small amount of pen ink on the other side of the page; paper thickness and the combination of inks used are both contributing factors to ghosting.
  • Half Box refers to a sticker, stamp, or piece of decorative scrapbook paper that fits 1/2 of a box in a vertical -style planner such as those offered by The Happy Planner or Erin Condren; measurements for a half box is usually 0.75 in. x 0.95 in.
  • Index is a table of contents that is updated as you go; indexes are usually used in the front area of bullet journals.
  • Inserts are the pages inside the planner (for example the calendars, notes pages, health trackers, chore lists, etc); inserts available in an assortment of designs and sizes and are mainly available as digital downloads and purchased physical copies.  Inserts can also become a fun and easy DIY project in which you can create your own planner to fit your needs.
  • ISO means "in search of". You will particularly see this mentioned in buy, sell and trade groups on Facebook, Instagram, etc. *Here's a nifty trick: If you want to cut down on the time it takes to search for a planner item you are interested in purchasing, doing a CTRL+F search in one of the buy/sell/trade Facebook groups will bring up all the posts that mention that phrase.
  • Key/Legend is a list of all the symbols used in a planner and what they mean (ex. a square normally signifies a task, a triangle often signifies an appointment, etc.); keys/legends are normally kept in the front or back of a planner or bullet journal.
  • MO2P/MO1P refers to the "month on two pages”  and “month on one page” planner insert formats.
  • Monthly Log is a traditional monthly calendar that is typically used to track monthly to-do's, goals, and habits, as well as things that did not get accomplished the prior month and need to be carried over to the current or future months; the monthly log is usually used in bullet journals.
  • Planner Peace occurs when you find the planner and/or layout that best fits your needs and causes you to use it regularly; you know you've found "planner peace" when you no longer feel the need to change anything about your planner!  
  • Printable refers to an insert (described above), worksheet, or other file that can be downloaded and printed on your own; printables can be offered for free or require payment.
  • Rapid Logging refers to a "short-hand" method of planning/journaling that involves jotting down quick notes using symbols, numbers, pictures, etc. instead of writing long sentences.
  • Spread refers to the format or setup you're using for your planning; spreads can be in daily, weekly, or monthly formats and may be designed  in a 1 or 2-page layout.
  • TN refers to "travelers notebook"; this a portable type of planner that consists of a cover that is often made of fabric, faux leather, vinyl, or leather and has elastic strings on the spine to hold a variety of notebooks that usually consist of monthly, weekly, and other organizational layouts. 
  • Tracker is a simple way to measure whether you accomplished daily, monthly, yearly routines or habits; the most common format is to either use a calendar and cross off each day you stick with your routine or to create or use a table format to record your accomplishments.
  • Washi is of Japanese origin and is a tape made from paper (similar to masking tape) that is used to decorate planners;  washi tape comes in vast variety of styles, patterns, and designs. 
  • WO1P/WO2P refers the the "week on one page” and “week on two pages” planner insert formats.



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