Life. It can get crazy. Hectic. Feels busy, but yet unproductive. Wondering where the day has gone, and why nothing was done. Recently I started to notice that I felt like I never had time to do the things I wanted AND the things that had to get done. It ended up being one or the other. I thought to myself, “surely there is a way to be more organized and therefore have more balance in my life!”.
I started to research planners online. Looking for the best option. I realized that I wanted to something tailored+ specific, but couldn’t find it anywhere. So I ended up YouToubing DIY planners. + got inspired. Once I got inspired, I Pinterested the shit out of Pinterest lol. Scouring Pinterest for free planner printables for different topics such as weekly planning, monthly calendar printouts, yearly goals, monthly goals, habit tracker, password printable, weekly meal planner, blog post planner printable and more. I felt overwhelmed at first to try and figure out which ones would suit me best + how I would even organize my binder, but just like any task, once you get it started, you figure things out along the way!
I’m so excited to share with you what I ended up with thus far. Even though I’m only using 6 printables, OMG MY LIFE HAS BECOME SO MUCH MORE CLEAR AND BALANCED! I’m actually achieving the goals I want to achieve + my mind feels less cloudy since I have everything written down now in an organized fashion. My brain can be free! 🙂
I love starting off my planner binder with my month at a glance. It helps me visualize all the major dates I need to remember. And each month has a colourful cute design to energize me!
You can find this FREE 2016 Calendar printable here.
THIS. I’m obsessed with this Weekly Planner Printable! This is the only one that wasn’t free, but after A TON of research, I decided that this one was perfect for my needs!! I love that I can draw a line straight through the days of the week. The left side is strictly for my business + the right for my personal life. Also, having a spot to fill in the Top 5 Goals for the week is HUGE! It helps me focus on them and achieve them, because you know…..not being able to put a check mark down by a goal isn’t the greatest feeling. The last fave thing about this print out is the habits section! I can write down 5 habits I want to focus on that week ( I like to write Eat Healthy – 5 days, Yoga/Weights – 5 days, Read 30 mins/day, Cook – 2 days, and Floss – 4 days…yes I hate flossing and have to force myself to do it). Then I have spaces where I can check mark the days I did end up going through with the good habit I want to form! This has helped me sooo much to stay on track with the lifestyle I want.
You can find this printable on Etsy for just about $8 CAD HERE
Breaking down my goals is super important to me. I have overall monthly goals that I focus on, and then I break them down into tasks weekly. The planner printable on the left is great for an overview of your month to come but with room to write in more detail.
You can find the free Monthly Planner Printables here (just click on each one and you have to download them separately)
The printable on the right helps me stay on track with my night routine before bed, and my morning routine so that I stay balanced + well rested. Sometimes it’s easy to just stay up watching TV late, or start your day off doing the easiest things 1st. I find doing the hardest thing 1st when I start my day gets rid of my procrastination and everything I want to get done gets done that day. It’s great to have this sheet to refer to as a reminder. I just have everything written out and use it for each month. I don’t checkmark things. Just use it as a reminder and to stay on track 🙂
You can find the free Morning Routine Printable here
Life is less stressful when you have a designated area to write down all your passwords so you don’t forget!
Get your free Passwords Printable here.
Oh meal planning..I’m just starting this journey of becoming more of a woman + starting to cook. At first it was so overwhelming. Such a noob.. lol But every time I tried to cook a new recipe, I realized I was just creating drama in my head, because it wasn’t all that hard! I realized what would help me be successful with making sure I cooked and ate from home (to save money + eat healthy) was being organized and planning what I was going to cook ahead of time. This printable is so simply laid out I love it! An even better idea…Print it out, stick it in a picture frame, hang it in the kitchen, use a dry erase marker and BAM. It’s always out in the open reminding you + motivating you that you want to cook from home so you can save money + eat healthy. I haven’t hung mine up yet since we are renovating but I’m sooo excited to do so. It looks so cute + it comes in a couple different colours!
To get your free Weekly Meal Planner Printable click here
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