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I feel like I embrace modern technology whenever I can. I couldn’t wait to get a smart phone back when they were called PDAs and didn’t have access to the internet. Between my husband and I we have a desktop computer, two laptops, two tablets and two smart phones, which doesn’t even include his work phone and computer. With all those electronics, I have access to my digital calendar everywhere I turn. Still, I keep coming back to paper and pen. I have one paper calendar and one Lego calendar on my desk and a paper calendar hanging in my sewing room. If I had to give one up, it probably would be the one that needs electricity.
It might go without saying, but I also have a planner. I did give it up for a few years, but there’s something so satisfying when you can write down a task and cross it off in INK. Marking an electronic box doesn’t provide me with the same rush. This year, I decided I wanted one where each week was a full 8 1/2 by 11″ page. After some searching, I decided to make my own. I know I’m a few days late for the start of the year, but I forgot to write “Share printable planner on the blog” in my new planner. Irony at its finest.
As I said, each page is 8 1/2 by 11″. I sprung for some heavier 32 lb. paper so it wouldn’t bleed through when I printed them or when I write in it. I also hunted down some colorful month dividers. I contained the whole thing in a 1″ black view binder. I bought all three on Amazon, and the links will take you to each.
I printed these two sided, which I’d recommend unless you want a blank sheet on the back of each. I followed the way my planner was laid out last year and completed each week, regardless if a new month fell into it. That will make sense after you look at the pages.
At the front, I have yearly calendar pages for 2016 through 2019. I like to be able to look at the years easily. You know, just in case.
At the beginning of each month is a monthly calendar. It might seem like overkill, but being able to see the entire month at a glance, separate from the rest of the year, can be handy.
I also added a page for menu planning and a shopping list.
There are two pages, so if you print it two-sided you can remove the shopping lists and keep the menu in your planner.
If you happen to have one of the tools shown in the photo below, originally for transferring marking to fabric, it works great to roll in down the middle of the two sides to perforate the paper.
Now for the downloads! I kept each month separate to make it a little easier and not such a huge file. The month pages are all together, as are the years. The yearly file also includes the 2017 I used for the front. Good luck and here’s to a year of organization and marked checkboxes!