I told you guys at the end of NaNoWriMo, I was looking for ways to better organize myself in order to fit my manuscript revision work into my daily life. After coming to the conclusion that I needed to come back to the good old paper planner, I looked at what is sold in stores and ended disappointed. Most Planners just do not fit my need. So I had to come up with my own solution : use free ressources from the internet to build my very own planner. Here’s how I ‘ve done it.
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1/ Define how I’ll use it
There are many planners out there for all kinds of different purposes, life, home, faith, business, blogging, working out… So I chose to work on general matters (home, life, meal), blogging, cooking and writing.
2/ Is it going to travel around or lay on my desk ?
The answer to this question is crucial. If you think you’ll carry your planner everywhere with you, pocket or A5 formats may work the best for you. It your planner is going to stay on your desk, bigger formats can enter the game.
3/ How much space on paper do I need ?
is your writing small or big ? Do you write a lot or prefer to jot down key words ? All these questions will help your define how big or how small your planner should be.
4/ What kind of views do I need ?
Sites that offer free planners offer yearly, monthly, weekly and daily views. If printed at one, they compose a pretty thick stack of paper. Try every temple for a week to define what you really need
5/ Try several options
It took me about a month to come up with the right formula but I already know it will have to evolve because the cooking and blogging sections are quite getting bulky fast.
6/ Print one month at a time
I did not print all year at one because I want my planner to remain at thin as possible, considering that the 1 inch thick binder I use for it is already full after two weeks of use.
7/ Where to download ?
They are my favorite sites. You’ll find a general life and personal planner on Scattered Squirrel, and many free and several blog planning printables at Free Borboletta.
Two French sites did stand out .
Vie organisee for its marvelous yet simple Blog Post Planner sheet and Mécanismes d’Histoires for its complete 2016 planner with business, blog, and writing sections
All the layouts may not please your eyes but you can always personalize your planner with accessorizes such as pen holders, dividers, tabs, stickers, zip pockets, magnetic clips, sticky notes sets.
I bought my 2 rings 1 inch thick binder and a pen holder at Muji.
I bought dividers, sticky notes, magnetic clips at Hema.