FREE PRINTABLE : 2018 Year at a Glance (Letter, Half Letter/A5, Personal)


After completing last years 2017 year at a glance calendar, I did not expect such positive feedback from my readers. After a few requests, I decided to give the calendar a minor facelift for the following 2018 year and I hope everyone likes it!

I decided on a Monday-Sunday after a quick poll and an easier to read font for the actual dates of the months. Alongside the font changes, I also increased the DPI and resolution for a higher quality print.

You may also notice that I have included two new popular planner sizes in A5/Half Letter and Personal. That should make editing the size a little easier for you to punch these into your planner!


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One Book July 2017 : Week 1 Update

 If you are in the planner community, you are aware of an event held every July called "One Book July." To summarize it simply, it is a month to either simplify or experiment with your current planner or writing system by making it work the most efficiently for you. Or perhaps you wanted to try something new and you have been waiting for the right time to switch.

One Book July for me means simplifying everything. These past couple years I have been carried away with finding the "perfect" planner, but I slowly realized that "planner peace" is a mindset for me and not a system in itself. Before I discovered the planner community, I used a $5 target planner and it worked great for me. I let all the fun new options and decorations get in the way of being a productive person and while that is the very reason why I love this community, sometimes I forget about planning and focus a little too much on the aesthetic.

I chose the pocket size travelers notebook for this month since I don't have a lot going on at the moment. It gives me the perfect amount of space for all my small appointments without having to carry much weight on me at all. It is also super customizable so if I ever decide a particular insert isn't working for me, I could just remove it. If you are interested in the inserts I used, Check out my youtube video I linked down below!




So far, my current setup has been working really well for me! I mainly use my Blog/Youtube inserts and my daily inserts from AnniePlansPrintables, but I enjoy having my monthly insert and general notes inserts for long term planning and grocery lists if the occasion ever arrises.

I received a TN kit from Isabelle Owl on Etsy that includes some beautiful acetate and rose dashboards which are pictured in the photo above. It makes my little notebook so much fun to look at and play around with too. If you are interested, there are new monthly kits released every so often so make sure to check out her etsy shop!

I really think I will be able to stick with the pocket size for the rest of the month, but we will definitely see if my opinions change next week!

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Emily Ley Simplified Daily Planner : Is it for you?


It's that time of year again! New planner releases are just around the corner and you don't want to miss it. I've had the pleasure of trying out last years Emily Ley Simplified Planner in hopes of sharing my findings with everyone. In short, this agenda is AMAZING!

By now Emily Ley should have newly released her academic agenda line on her website to order, so if you are interested, definitely go pick up her new line. Since her academic planners don't start until August, you have plenty of time to decide wether the Simplified Planner is for you.

With that being said, let's dive right in!
The Simplified Planner is a vibrant, hard cover, day-on-a-page planner that leaves plenty of room for your everyday tasks. It is priced at $58, which is right in the midst of it's competitors. The cover offers sturdy protection for all the pages inside, and the metal corner tabs ensure that your cover will not get damaged in a fall. The book itself is relatively thick, considering that there is a page per day printed on beautiful 70lb Mohawk paper, which is what makes this planner so special. Mohawk paper is one of the highest quality paper being offered in planners right now and the improvements are obvious. Every pen I have tried, including the famous Inkjoy gel, has done a fabulous job of not bleeding through or shadowing, which is an important aspect of your agenda because if you plan on writing in something everyday, you want to be able to use your favorite pen without worrying about bleed through.


A negative about the planner would be that it's size does not make it portable enough for every day carry. It is sized at around 7.75" x 9.25", including the coil, and around 1.25-1.5" thick. While it feels substantial in your hands, I would suggest it more for a desk agenda or a backpack carry for students. 

Each page measures at around 6"x 8.5" which offers plenty of room for a busy schedule. Mothers, students and people whose every day schedule relies on strict time frames are who I suggest this planner might be the most effective for.


Alongside a day per page, this agenda offers a month on two pages with a sturdy laminated tab for easy access. The wide size of the monthly view offers plenty of space for the multiple events you may have during your busy schedule. The left side of your monthly calendar has a small section for notes which is a great place to keep goals or keep track of your finances.

The monthly view is typically known for carrying the most important dates, such as appointments or due dates which are typically transferred over onto you weekly or daily pages when the time comes around. It is a great way to get an idea of how your month looks without the clutter of your daily tasks.


Now for my favorite part of my Emily Ley Simplified Planner, the daily pages! With every week day there is an hourly section to keep track of your schedule and a to do list, which is great for announcements or tasks that don't have a specific time for completion. On the bottom lies a section for dinner, which I believe is now changed to "meals" in the newest version of the Simplified Planner, and a section for notes, which can be used for random ideas or reminders.

With a full time schedule, the need for an hourly schedule is crucial in keeping my life organized, and all the extra room in the To-Do and Notes sections make the perfect space for all my assignments and reminders to go in. This will definitely come in handy once I am back in school in the fall.

Overall, I believe the Simplified Planner is great option for a daily agenda and the special 70lb Mohawk paper really makes the $58 dollar price tag worth it. If you plan on ordering an Emily Ley Simplified Planner, now is a great time since her new academic year agendas just released and will start this year in August.

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TRAVELERS NOTEBOOK PLANNER SETUP : THE HOW'S AND WHY'S



Planning has been a part of my life for years now it seems. When I was in high school, all I really needed was a large empty space for all of my classes. Now that I am quite a bit older, I really need different sections to separate all different aspects of my life such as college, work and my blog. Most people who are dealing with agendas, really know the struggle of trying to make their system as functional as possible and I feel like I am really satisfied with what I have going on.

For the most part, the travelers notebook has given me back a lot of what my ring bound system was lacking. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE ring bound agendas. In fact, I still have two on my shelf that I occasionally dip into now and again, but I always manage to find myself back with my personal size leather notebook in a matter of days.

So, for a bit of a ramble.... (Orange to skip the story)

Now lets talk about why I even need something so luxurious for simple planning. Why not just use those $5 dollar agendas at Target or Walmart? Heck, why not just use my phone? Well, I started out using just that! For years I counted on those weekly agendas to get me through but through research I found that there were many other options that catered to getting tasks done as efficiently as possible. There are quite literally hundreds if not thousands of customizable shops that carry many different types of materials for your planning. There are shops that offer digital downloads in an array of different planning styles, such as daily, weekly or monthly, that you can print out at home. Say you work the most efficiently with a to do list and a health tracker, there are so many options for you to chose from that give you just that. The options can be a bit over whelming but I suggest creating a list of the things you know work for you and then starting from there.


There are also shops that carry everything already pre-made for you. This, of course, is the most convenient option for people since they don't have to deal with the cutting and binding of doing it at home. The most popular option for these have to be the Day Designer and Erin Condren, but with that comes a hefty price tag. While I personally believe the investment is worth it (if it helps you become more efficient), I understand that spending 50-100$ on an agenda is out of the question. (Other inexpensive options include Ban.doHappy PlannerTarget, or Paper Source) With that being said, I too love to save my money and try to save wherever I can.

For me, a reusable cover was something I knew I wanted. It is more upfront money for a cover (Ring bound or Notebook), but the materials inside are inexpensive to replace, and with digital downloads, it is pocket change. While some shops do carry pre-made papers to go inside your notebooks, I find myself too indecisive to purchase a set and end up not liking it, which is why I always opt for printable digital downloads.

The reason I switched from a ring bound cover to a travelers notebook is because the rings really took up precious writing space and was quite irritating to write over. Not only that, but the rings are so large that the binder itself is too substantial to take on the go with me. Of course a larger bag would solve this problem, but I prefer traveling light. While I am making it sound like a bigger problem than it is, it really isn't a deal breaker for me. I actually still love using them for other things so they don't go without a purpose.

Continue....

With that being said, I have a pretty good setup for me right now. I use a basic month on two pages booklet that I got free from Pengems (Link here), and this keeps only the most important dates such as events, appointments and deadlines. I did have to set this up to fit my TN, but you can always print as usual and tape them at the edge to make a booklet. 

To make the covers of all these booklets, I either buy scrapbook paper or download digital paper (link to the paper used below here), print and cut to size around the booklet. I tend to often switch these papers out so I usually leave them unattached from the binding of the rest of the book.


The next booklet I own, I purchased from the store SewMuchCrafting on Etsy (link Here). The smooth paper of this booklet makes writing enjoyable and encourages me to use it more frequently. My agenda is something I want to make my own which is why every now and then I like to decorate it. I try not to go too over board because there is point where it becomes more of a distraction then help.

The reason I choose this standard, horizontal week on two page layout is because it is what I am comfortable with. I have tried other layouts before, but this weekly layout really helps me get an eye of what my week is going to look like. This generally includes assignments, tests, appointments and meetings. I also like marking birthdays and holidays on my weekly layout.

***Because I like to plan using sentences and notes, the horizontal is more for me, but if you work off of key words, then perhaps you should try a vertical format!


Technically, I could get away with just using the weekly layout and still getting everything accomplished, but I find that using daily pages during busier days (such as school days), I tend to get a lot more done. With these daily pages, I can focus solely on the tasks that need to be done that day and often find myself building better habits by doing so. I recently switched into these digital printables by HappyDigitalDownload on Etsy (Link Here), and am really loving them so far. Before this, I was using FrasizzleMades grid daily pages (shown 2:43 video below), which I loved, but really wanted to try something I could date myself and not waste the unused days. 


Lastly, I have a notes insert and an important information insert. I made my notes insert myself by printing out lined paper from Incompetech (here) and trimming to size. You can also do the same with regular filler paper that you can get at any store. 

I believe it is essential to have notes pages regardless of the planning system you have because you really need a place to brain dump to collect your thoughts. It is also a great place for grocery lists, goals, and other sorts of lists. Below I have listed a mini shopping list and a "movies to watch" list that I refer to frequently. It comes in handy quite a bit whenever I need to remember something!

Right behind that book, I have another insert for all of my important information such as addresses, phone numbers and certain password hints. This is great whenever I'm on the go because I may not always have my phone charged to look up this information. This also isn't essential, but it really is useful for those who don't have the greatest memory (AKA ME!!).


I am pretty happy with my setup as of right now and don't see myself changing anything any time soon. I hope this was helpful to anyone that may have some trouble deciding what to do with their planning set-up!



Check out my video of all the planners I plan on using for 2017!

*I did switch out the recollections planner back to my at-home Happy Planner for fitness, as I found the recollections planner to be to heavy to carry to class.





Leather notebook cover shown by Chic Sparrow in the size Personal and leather Mr. Darcy Buttered Rum (Link here)

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Free Digital Printable : Undated Daily Pages for Personal Planners


If you're like me, you have a lot going on during the day. No worries because I have your back! I have created undated daily inserts to help you organize your day a little more efficiently. I have included a health and fitness section, as well as a to-do list and a timed appointment box. Hopefully with these tools, you can allocate your time more wisely.


To download this, visit my drop box "Here"

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Credit is not necessary but encouraged.

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