I love paper planners. Obsessed with them. I have an embarrassing amount of “planning supplies” that just make me so happy. On Sundays, I get my markers and stickers out with a cup of coffee and sit down to plan out the week! It’s my zen moment. I feel ready to take on another week and it makes me feel a little bit less of the hot mess I am, especially during this crazy time in our lives.
For the longest time I was an Erin Condren snob; I wouldn’t even think of ordering from another planner company. But then, it came out over this past summer that she did some super shady things surrounding the Black Lives Matter campaign and I can’t justify supporting her and the company anymore.
So then I discovered Plum Paper and loved it; you can customize your planner and add pages so that it makes sense for your life. I’ve been using my hourly planner for the school year and have loved it. I will definitely order from them again in the future!
However, now that I’ve quit my job to move across the country, my day-to-day will look much different than it does during the school year. I looked online and couldn’t find one that had everything I was looking for on one page. I also didn’t want to have to have multiple systems at once to keep track of everything, so I did what any normal person would do: turn to Canva and made my own!
(Links to download your own free copies are at the bottom)
Now, I know this is far from a professional planner, but it has everything I was hoping for. I wanted half hour blocks of time, especially as I will now be home everyday monitoring remote kindergarten. I knew I would need to write down what times all his classes are at so I don’t forget them.
I also included a little to-do list off to the side, a dinner box at the bottom as I meal-plan our weeks, and a large box for blog ideas. In the corner is the day of the week. I made one for each day and they all have a different quote at the top to help me stay motivated.
After I printed them out I realized I didn’t want to walk around with 365 pages with me for the whole year. I hopped back onto Canva and made monthly cover sheets, counted out the right number of pages I needed for each month, and stapled them together into a more manageable book.
These are by no means a professional product, but Canva made it super easy to create it how I wanted; their library of pictures and fonts made it easy for me to make it look just pretty enough to keep me inspired throughout the week!