Monday, August 7, 2017

New Beginnings & free planning pages

When August rolled around, I decided that I had spent the first 7 months of the year just rolling through my days and only half-heartedly getting things done. Looking back, I should have gotten way more done since I am not working anymore! So, I decided that, just like a student, I would start a new year in August and work at taking better care of my family and spending more time with my hobbies. I also toyed around with the idea of starting a blog again so that I could share all of the neat things I find online that make my day a bit less stressful. Being organized is key for me - I love checking items off of lists!

So, in my efforts to get more organized, I wanted a yearly planner. I found a coloring planner, but I wish I had bought this one (sample shown above) by Johanna Basford. I have a lot of her coloring books and this planner is available for less than the one I bought at Wal-Mart - Johanna Basford 2017-2018 16-Month Coloring Weekly Planner Calendar - oh well, maybe next year!

However, the planner is just the start. It does not have a daily planning sheet. I wanted a sheet that had spaces for EVERYTHING I wish to accomplish during my day. After a lot of searching, I found a free page at SpreadsheetShoppe and modified it for my use. It downloads into Excel and the user can change the names of the various blocks to suit them. I was beginning to think I was going to have to create my own, but lucked out in finding this one. I have used it for a week already and I love it!

The other planning page I use a lot is the weekly grocery list and meal plan. I shop at 3 stores weekly because I base my menus on the sale items for the week. I could not find a free printable that had room for lists for multiple stores until I found the one shown above at PassionatePennyPincher. (It is the one on the top row, furthest to the right - Editable Menu Plan). It has 3 columns for listing items needing to be purchased, but I just typed in my store names, 1 in each column, and now I have it all on one page! After shopping, I cut the list off and recycle it, leaving the menu plan posted so everyone know what's for dinner tonight!

I have more planning pages to share and will post more about them soon!

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