Life Notes & Planner

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Create the life that you want to be living.

Flexible, Goal oriented, Spacious

The Life Notes & Planner includes:

Assembly and Printing Instructions

How I Use My Planner

I developed this planner as a way to organize my goals, schedules and task lists. I often enjoy finding new ways to plan, so I’m no longer using this specific planner. All downloads are for statement (half-size) sized paper.

Full List of Downloads:
All sections are available as free digital downloads.

Planning Sheets:

Most planning sheets have blank boxes which are for doodling, word art, or just extra room.

Life Notes:

The life notes section is for goals relating to a specific area, such as family, home, health, career, etc. It has space for vision boards, project goals, ongoing tasks, and future ideas.

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How I Use my Planner

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Life Notes

In the life notes section,  I have six sections: family, spirit, health, home, mind, and career. I’ve filled out the four basic sheets in each section.

I’ll use my home sections as an example. In my home section I have a vision page of my house. I’ve listed the design style I want in my house and included a pallet of colors. I also include some words that I want to describe my home: tidy, welcoming, full of family, simple.

My next page is my goal. My current goal is to finish the small remodel we started on the house within a year. I’ve broken down the goal into smaller segments in the action steps.

On the next page, I’ve listed my chores that I need to do on a regular bases, like mopping floors, laundry, etc. I divide the chores based on the intervals I need to do them.

My idea page is filled with projects that need to happen in the future, like replacing windows, sewing new curtains, upgrading the electrical in places and tidying.

Behind the four basic sheets I’ve added a landscape design and a tidying guide.

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At the beginning of the year, I list my yearly resolutions, and draw a mind map for the next year. I list all the goals I want to do for the next year, most of which are taken from the life notes section of my binder.

Sundays are my planning day. On the first Sunday of the month, I collect my goals for the month and break them into action steps. I also lists the tasks and events I want to do that month.

Each Sunday I will plan out my week using the weekly planning sheet. First I list my goals. I usually write in a scripture in the blank box. I’ll write down my actions steps I need to do, list out my to-dos. In the bottom table I write my chores, projects to do with the kids, and give myself a place to check off repeating tasks like exercise and meditation. Finally, my meal planner goes on the bottom.

Every morning, I use my daily sheet to plan out the day. First I write in my schedule from my phone. I then use my weekly planning sheet to flesh out the rest of the day.

The last part of the planner are the review days. At the end of the month and year, I write the goals I’ve met, the tasks I’ve accomplished, and the lessons I’ve learned.

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Life Notes

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Life Vision
A simple sheet to capture who you want to be, where you want your life to go, and what your priorities are.

Sections
The life notes are divided in sections. Each section has four pages. Create as many different sections as you like. Some ideas for sections are: Family, Spirit, Health, Home, Mind, Career, Social, Volunteer, Education, Church, etc.

Vision
Vision pages are a place to envision your dreams and goals. The page has space to draw or paste in pictures, as well write. It helps you see where you are going before you start making goals.

Goal
Goals pages are designed to focus on one larger goal at a time, with plenty of space to break the goal down into action steps.

Tasks
A page to write down repeating maintenance tasks, or routines and habits. It includes daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks. This is a good place to write down things like exercise routines, chore schedules, meditation habits, scripture study, etc.

Ideas
Compile ideas for future goals, projects or tasks.

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Features

Flexible

I often change the way I plan. I wanted a planner that could change along with me, instead of having to go out and get a new planner. Here are some of the features that make this planner flexible.

This planner is a ring-bound book or binder. A binder planner provides the ultimate flexibility If you want to add or take away or change a page, go for it.

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All pages are available to download and print for free, so there’s no reason to be stuck with the first draft.

With flexible table formats, you can move between planning schedules or tasks.

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Plenty of blank space to add a section you don’t find that you want, or let loose with creativity.

The Life Notes section allows you to add and organize pages that you want to have on hand from exercise cheat sheets, meal planners, budget ledgers, schedules, chore charts and idea lists.

Goal Oriented

A good planner isn’t about just getting things done. I’ve found that any old planner will work for that. A good planner will provide the space and means necessary to focus my life on my goals and what I need to do to accomplish them. I also find that I often can set too many, non-specific goals. 

Goal planning starts in the life notes section. After picking different sections for your life notes, create your vision and then move on to the goal page. Each section is designed for one larger goal that is divided into action steps.

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Goals from the life notes can move into the planner. Nearly every page in the planner has a space to not only write goals, but action steps as well. Plan goals in any increment you want: yearly, season, month, or week.

Instead of just looking at task lists, there is space that specifically focus on the action steps needed to complete a goal.

At the end of a longer time period, find space to review how you are doing on your goals and what lessons you’ve learned.

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Space

What nearly every planner I tried lacked was space. I wanted a planner that wasn’t bulky, but still had the room I needed to plan my life. 

Generous space for lists, schedules, and goals. The planner has space to plan your year, month or season, week and day.

And if you run out? scattered throughout are blank boxes that you can fill up with what you can’t find room for elsewhere. Or draw a picture, write down a quote, make a mind map, or doodle away.

The planner is contained in a notebook that’s just nine by six inches. This half-sheet size is large enough to contain everything that is needed, but small enough it slides easily into a handbag. Not massive, not tiny, but just right.

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Daily Routine and Weekly Schedule
Your normal, daily routine, and a page devoted to your repeating weekly schedule. It could be a class schedule for school, a rotating chore or meal schedule, different tasks at work, etc.

Year
A place for yearly goals and resolutions. This same sheet is available labeled Half-Year

Season
Seasonal goals are for a period of 13 weeks, which equals four seasons a year. It includes space for goals, and action steps.

Month
Write down monthly goals, as well as action steps for your goals, and to-dos.

Week
The week sheet starts off with space for goals. It includes two lists: one for actions steps directly relating to your goals, and a to-do list for other tasks. A weekly table that can be used for a schedule or to organize weekly tasks is at the bottom.
Alternative Week-Slightly different format than the standard week.

Full Month
Includes month and and five weeks.

Calendar
Optional monthly calendar.

Included in every download is a review section. This is a place for reflection and to write down goals met, tasks accomplished and lessons learned. For year, month and season.

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Assembly

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Assembly order

This is a suggested assembly order. Modify it to fit your own unique life. 

Printing Options:

  • Print on statement or half-sheet paper, using double sided printing.
  • OR
  • Use a PDF reader program (not an internet browser) to print on letter-sized paper, with the “booklet” option on the printer menu.
  • Print full sheet pages for these pages instead: Week, Alternative Week,  Month

There are five weekly pages per month in the combined month section. Because their are not five complete weeks in a month, one week will need to be removed for some months. On the last week of the month, check for the “end of month review” on the next page.

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Daily Notepad: Print 10-20 copies and cut into thirds. Bind together with a stapler or binder ringer on top. The daily notepad is designed to be a tear-off pad. Printing off two months of daily pages at at time allows for less bulk in the planner.

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Dividers: Print this file to create binder tabs. Attach tabs to card stock. Packing tap works well.

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Binder: Create you own binder with laminated card stock and binder rings. Punch hole on top of cover and use an additional binder ring for daily sheets.

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