I am a big believer in routines and planning. Even for those people that like the freedom that comes with “winging it” I think there is so much to be gained from having some structure. Routines and/or planning free up time and energy (both physical and mental) which can leave more room in your life for more creative living. Notice at no time did I use the word schedule. There is a big difference between planning your days and weeks, to allow for everything to get done, and scheduling your day to the point of putting pressure on yourself to “get it all done” and done NOW! You can plan a schedule or not, but have a plan.
I want to write more about planning and some approaches, but also wanted to include another round up of FREE printables since the meal planning ones were such a big hit. I decided since I had so many awesome free printables to share that I would keep today fun and let you get excited about planning. Have a look through the ones below and see if any suit your needs or just look for ideas and combine them to create one you will use and love. I have created many planners over the years and it is definitely something that will evolve over time and according to your current life stage. As before, you can find loads of people sharing their talents for free so I suggest only paying for printables that are custom and /or rock your world. Click on the links to take you to the original site for downloads!
Daily planner pages – free printables
Moxie works planner includes do, go, connect and a place to doodle for creatives (or more note space for those with tons to do)
Buttoned Up daily to do list and schedule – for those that like the S word.
Simple Organized Living’s planner is very similar to the model I use. This is a single page daily planner, but there is also a 2 per page option.
Organized Home has this daily planner – but being one of the original organizing mega-sites it also offers a master list, weekly lists and planners of every variety.
Life’s a Journal has daily pages that cover most areas of your day to day life.
I love this planner from the Project Girl.
Weekly planner pages – free printables
Life’s a journal – weekly page that is very thorough.
I would not normally include any printable that makes you jump through a hoop, but actually like this one enough to mention it. You need to go to the creator’s facebook page (The Carolina Clipper) and like them in order to access the printable.
This planner from artist Arian Armstrong is simple and adorably illustrated.
Another simple design comes from Frugal Living and is available in two sizes. This might be my next blog planner as I can see listing the topics and segments in the weekly section with all the related to-do’s and brainstorming on the notes section.
A weekly to do list from Buttoned Up.
I love this last one from Buttoned Up that divides your to do list between work (or blogging), home and everything else!
This planner from Keep in the Castle includes project planning space and looks at the whole week without breaking down by day. You will need to print via scribd. Edited to add: this blog is now invite only. You can still use her page as inspiration if you want to make your own version.
This basic weekly planner from Mommy Tracked is what I currently use to see my blogging week at a glance!
Edited to add (Aug 2012): I finally shared one of my homemade daily planner pages – here is my daily planner printable where I have shifted focus to more intentional living. I wanted to be productive, but focusing on my highest priorities and also include what i am working on in my personal life / goals / health and wellness.
You can follow the above link to read more about my intentional planner or download a copy of the printable planner page here either my exact version or a copy with 4 lines for your own habits.
Find your simple,
Image credit: I will do one thing pad – available for purchase from etsy for $1.99