Intentional Living – with free daily planner printable

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by Debra Dane on August 21, 2012

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I honestly could not count the number of diaries and planner pages I have used over the years. Every one I have made myself or downloaded from others has had good points but was always missing something. I still have faith though in the evolution of my planner pages as i myself evolve.

Recently I revamped my existing daily planner printable and have been loving it so much I thought I would share it here. I have been working hard this year to be more intentional, slow down, do less and focus more. My new sheet reflects this along with my goals and priorities that I want top of mind.

You can download the printable planner page here and there are two pages – one that I use and one with the daily habits left blank. Since the majority of my readers have kids at home I have left the Family section, but if anyone has a child free home and can suggest another section I will make another version with that change and add it.

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Here is the breakdown of my daily planner sheet:

1. What are my intentions today?

Straight away I want the focus to be on the fact that every day I am making choices – how I spend my time, how I want to feel, what will I do to move forward. A daily reminder to myself.

2. Day and date – open so I can use pages as needed

3. Questions to help me be intentional with my health and wellness goals including my mindset.

How will I move my body? – since asking this question I have moved more than ever before without stressing about it. Some days it is a hard gym class and others it is 15 minutes of wii with the kids. The shift is towards acknowledging a regular practice of moving my body and that every bit counts. Just because I can’t get to the gym that day does not mean I leave movement for another day.

How will I feel and act? – I put mantras here or reminders of goals (like be patient, slow down, talk less & listen more, etc)

Fruit & Veg I will eat – by stopping and noting these down I am pushing myself to increase this sometimes neglected area for myself and also prompting me to grab a F or V snack before I eat corn chips etc. I still enjoy the snacks I like but I no longer get to the end of the day and have had 1-2 serves of F & V.

Daily habits I am building – I have finally nailed taking my medications every day as it is on my planner. Still working on flossing (someday!) and early bedtime. Add your own habits here – start small and build rather than try to change a ton of things at once.

4. Most Important Today (MITs)

I limit these to 4 items so I am not overwhelmed. I am realistic in what I can achieve in a day. I leave a space to note 1-2 things it would be nice to get to (minors) if there is time.

5. Time for me

Self care is critical in my life (and I hope in yours too) – planning for it here is great for me as I am reminded of my down time or can squeeze in something if I need a break. It might be 30 minutes for doodling and drawing or a bubble bath after the gym or reading a book before bed – every bit counts and is cherished.

6. Family today

Reminders of what the kids have on, what they might need to do (like a project, music practice, thank you letters to write), and maybe an idea for something to do together after school.

7. For the household

I generally do only one  cleaning task most days – could be clean the bathrooms or vacuum plus I throw on laundry 3 or 4 days a week. I note any errands planned, something my husband asks me to do (I will forget otherwise) and what I am cooking for dinner.

8. Gratitude or Inspiration

I want to pause and jot down moments in time, a quote I see on facebook or a blog post, doodle something


I can say that since I switched from a productivity focus of getting things done to a focus on being intentional with all of my time I am getting more done in both my personal and professional life. I am not just listing tasks but also noting my plans, steps towards my goals, factoring in time for me and for my family. Some days I might have only “do laundry” as my sole household item or “read a book together” as my sole family item on a busy day, but I am aware of what I am doing and can see where my focus is. If I have a long appointment listed as one of my majors I know there is less time available and won’t fill all 4 slots with tasks that will take a long time. Usually I have some flexibility because I am not letting things get to urgent status.


What do you like to have on your planner pages / diary?


Find your simple,



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Stacey-Lee August 21, 2012 at 7:50 am

Glad to hear you have nailed taking your vitamins everyday. This is a great planner for staying focused on your intentions and goals as opposed to the many you see that are wired towards fitting as much ‘to do’s as possible. Your day plan is both functional and achievable
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Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Thanks Stacey-Lee I really like that shift.
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Penny August 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

I Love this Deb! I’m so going to use this. I really need something like this to feel like i have fulfilled all my obligations which will equal less guilt. Yay to less guilt!


Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

thanks Penny! Make sure you fulfill your obligations to yourself too ; )
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kirri August 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

Another great resource Deb! I like the way you are consistently finding AND redefining ‘your simple’ and then sharing that knowledge with your readers.
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Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Thanks Kirri – one thing I know for sure is I am always changing and redefining things aren’t i?
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Tonya August 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

Great idea, Deb! I seem to jump into my days without much planning at all lately. I need to be more intentional!
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Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

It can be as small as pausing in the morning to jot down a note to yourself. I am still working on following through with the intentions but i swear i am eating more fruits and veg and exercising more since I started it.
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Rachel Cooper August 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love it! My favourite, most important and (sometimes) hardest task at the start of each year is to buy a diary. One year, after not being able to find something I made my own using materials from a beautiful stationery shop and lovely ring binders and personalised it with images, quotes….I can see another of these coming on using this format!!

(4 months and one week to go)!!!


Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Sounds fab Rachel – I have just started learning art journal techniques and sounds like combining journaling with planning pages would be fun – i’ve seen some cool weekly diaries people have made by simply doodling, painting and sketching. woudl love to see what you come up with
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Ai Sakura August 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

You are really so organised Deb! Great ideas and thanks for the printables :)
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Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks Ai – my pleasure!
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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right August 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This looks extremely useful Deb. I’m coming to the end of a very busy work period where I honestly don’t think I could have taken time out to try anything like this. But when it quietens down I’m going to give it a go. (I know that sounds counter-intuitive :) )
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Debra Dane August 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Let me know how you go – i don’t necessarily fill in all the spaces so don’t feel like it is a major effort – i just jot down the daily intentions answers, my MITs and 1 or 2 other bits most days! each day is different. hope things calm down for you soon xx
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Karen August 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

WOW this is brilliant. Thank you for sharing it. So inspiring :)


bethmarie August 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! I especially love the place for an inspirational quote. I have been trying to come up with a way to bring some inspiration into my life every morning and this is perfect. I can’t wait to try it out!


Becky from August 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

This is awesome, Deb, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I can’t wait to give it a go
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Emily August 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Fabulous! Thank you!
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Rachel August 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

You make me feel so disorganised – and I thought I was highly organised, but I was also in denial :) Rachel x
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Marie August 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Finding a planner that I can get to work for me is one of the bains of my existance! LOL. As I’m out of the house at work all day (well, 9.00 – 4.30, Mon-Fri (including travel time) I need to find something that would fit into my bag (without adding to the already enormous weight of the damn thing – I swear that handbag is the reason I have a bad back half the time! LOL). I’m yet to find a notebook/diary/planner that does everything I need but isn’t too big.

I really like the idea of “intentionality”…. is that even a word? It is now! LOL. I seem to spend so much of my time floating through weeks (months, years?) in a daze at the moment. Half the time I feel like the important stuff is passing me by in favour of all the crap that seems critical but in the grand scheme of things really doesn’t matter one jot!

On a completely unrelated note….. Miss G is still working on her return letter. Should hopefully be on its way soon.

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Debra Dane August 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

definitely check out moleskine pocket size planner – that was what i used for 3 years and LOVED it – small enough, but has a week at a glance and all the essentials. you can get them via book depository or amazon uk easily.

waiting for the letter excitedly A got her pen pal’s letter a week or so ago – tell G that L is waiting semi-patiently ; )
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Mel September 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Awesome Just what I needed thank you very much Deb :) best planner I’ve seen yet


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