Last year I started working on something for myself, and because I loved it so much, it turned into something that I wanted to share with you all!
Enter my daily planner.
Life gets busy and truthfully my brain just can’t remember it all. I’m a paper and pen kind of girl, and seeing my week laid out in front of me is so helpful in keeping things straight. Appointments in one place. Goals and reminders of ‘to-do’ stuff. I can pull it out, open it up to the week on hand, and get a great picture of what is happening.
Each week has its own two-page spread that lays flat. There is room to keep track of our daily appointments, weekly (or overall goals), make a weekly to-do list, list things I want to remember (maybe funny things the kids have said or done), and write down a short shopping list.
The daily planning pages also includes a two page month-at-a-glance spread. These are the pages that I use to write down any major stuff first (trips, big events, etc…) and then do a rough meal plan (before I plug meals into my monthly meal planner).
Just for fun, I added quotes that I love to the month-at-a-glance pages too. It’s something little, but I love reading them!
The pages are all 8.5” x 11” in size, so they fit great in any standard binder. Personally I’m in love with this Martha Stewart binder and dividers – which is why you’ll notice the rainbow colors along the bottom of the calendar. Those are the primary colors in her collection. (Originally I made this into a half-sized binder, but really wanted more space to write and add to).
How I’m Using My Daily Planner
Here’s a peek at my planner so you can see how I’m using it.
The above is part of my January week – which is still missing a few things. I’ll admit that a huge lack of sleep (hello, puppy) is contributing to some fuzzy thoughts. Especially the time I need this as my ‘brain’.
My weekly to do list is just the running list of overall things that need to get done (I keep a longer list on a sheet of notebook paper in another section – until I finish up a cute printable for that!). My goals are broken down from my yearly overall goals. During January I’m trying to finish up a few books (need to get some of that book list knocked out).
There is always a list of things to do (I also have a list of projects that can be finished in 20 minutes or less). Every day I try to focus on THREE main things that need to be done and then work on other things. Those three are the ones that really need to be worked on at that point.
And pretty always helps out too. The (pretty) tabbed dividers are great for sectioning out different things that I want to keep handy: my cleaning schedule, meal planning, essential oil info, recipes, finances, and other important information.
Do you like it? I’m loving all the space and already have the entire year printed and ready to go – no excuses! I’m excited to have lots of planning space and the dividers give me room to add in some other areas later: finances, overall goals, recipes, essential oil learning, and more.
Download the February Daily Planning Pages
You can download the February Daily Planning Pages by clicking here. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.
If you like them and want to start planning out the rest of your year now, purchase the full 2015 Daily Planner for $3.99. The calendar runs from January 2015 thru February 2016. It includes 14 month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through February 2016.
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