My New Blog Planner: Free Printables Included

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For the past two weeks I have thrown myself into my blog. Part of that is the result of my recent break-up but the other part is because I had a goal.To finally make my own blog planner! Free printables at the end of this post.

*Please note that this is for personal use only*

Doing The Research

I haven’t had a planner in over two years and that one was expensive so I wasn’t going to replace it. Then I stumbled upon a blog post on Pinterest of all places (it’s my least favorite social media site) and found free printables of other bloggers’ planners.

I found their ideas and organization interesting and inspiring but I wasn’t too keen on their designs. The creative in me really wanted to make my own planner that was more personal to me but also to my goals and my blog. Naturally, I dived into research mode and started googling away. I found a few tutorials on how to make my own planner but again, none of them fit what I wanted to do.

Enter Microsoft Word

That’s right! I used nothing but Microsoft Word. For most of the pages I only used the blank document. It took a lot of time to figure out how to use a lot of the tools in the program because I’ve never used them before. Like making a table. Wow! Long story short that involved A LOT of trial and error.

I never saw Microsoft Word for more than just writing but I have found that it is a handy tool when creating my own blog planner. Now I’ve read a lot of tutorials and most of them use two or three different programs. They have a lot more experience than I do and I am just starting out on this planner/printable thing.

Making My Own Design

It took some time for me to come up with my own design for my blog planner. It’s still a work in progress for me as I explore more program options and get more creative but for now I have found my design. I grabbed most of it from Microsoft itself but I am proud of what I came up with.

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Organizing My Planner

I had to think about what was most important to me for my planner and organize it to my liking. Before doing that though, I also went back and forth to Walmart and Target searching for the right holder for my blog planner. After buying three different 3-prong folders and discovering they couldn’t hold everything, I finally found what I was looking for at Target.

I found a three ring flexible notebook binder made by Mead. It’s a hybrid of the binder and the folder and it works really well for my planner. Other bloggers choose to go to Staples and have their planner converted into an actual planner. That’s a great idea! I will probably do just that for next year. Meanwhile, with only 5 months left I just wanted to stick to the binder plan.

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I’m really happy with my blog planner! I have a great system in place and by having this planner I am more organized. Something different from other bloggers who make their own planners: I added a writing section. By adding this section to my planner I am scheduling in some of my writing. At least I’m making blocks of time when I know I will be more focused on it.

I also added my daily schedule, which isn’t just about my blog, nor is it about writing. I schedule my daily life in there as well. This way I can keep everything I have to do in one place and won’t get too overwhelmed and forgetful. I’m really proud of my daily schedule. I made two different designs and will include both in the downloads.

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These pages look much better downloaded. Promise!

As I get more involved with creating planners, I would like to make more designs for people. I want to change things up a bit and work more with my Paint Shop Pro to make better designs. I had so much fun creating this! For now I will leave you with these Free Printables to download.

Cover Page

Yearly Calendar

Yearly Blog Stats

My Yearly Finance Tracker

Monthly Stat Tracker

The Monthly Blogging Goals

Monthly Calendar

Linkies

Advertising Tracker

Affiliates

Blog To Do List

Contacts

Giveaways

Social Media

Sponsers

Weekly to do list

Freelance Work

Writing Ideas

Random Notes

And for the Daily schedule:

Daily Schedule #1

My Daily Schedule #2 page 1

Daily Schedule #2 page 2

I hope you like my first design! I am loving it! Please feel free to download any or all of these and let me know in the comments what you think.

Thanks so much for reading!

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40 thoughts on “My New Blog Planner: Free Printables Included

  1. Wow that must have been a lot of work! They look great though! I have a passion planner which is good as i use it for home and blog stuff, but it’s just a monthly and day planner, so I guess I could get much more specific with something like this. I do try to schedule my writing time in but it’s all a bit flexible!! #BlogCrush

    1. I am still working on the writing schedule but that one I’m more flexible with because of how my mind works when inspired to write. I read several articles though that suggest writers write everyday. That’s the issue I’m having because of time and that’s what I want to work on but I think I might really crack down on it after school starts back up. Thanks so much for stopping by!😊

  2. I’m rubbish at planning. I have everything in my head or in a long list on my phone. However, over the summer, the struggle of trying to be a mummy and keep my blog going has forced me to make some proper plans and timetables, and what do you know – it’s made things so much easier! Haha.

    Your plans look really good and it’s a great way to get organised. Thanks for sharing with everyone #blogcrush

    1. Thank you for reading! I have also found that my planner has helped me to stay organized and on top of things especially with my blog:)

    1. I didn’t know about Staples either until I read another blog who makes her own planners and she suggests it to her readers. Luckily I have a Staples right up the street from me. Thanks so much for stopping by!😊

  3. Wow, you have been busy! It’s so nice of you to share these resources for free. Planning (posts, time etc.) is such a huge part of blogging.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    1. That’s what I was doing but I reached my two year mark and thought that maybe I should try to get organized because I get so quickly overwhelmed by it when I don’t have a plan in place.

    1. Feel free to download any of mine if you need them. Even if they’re are temporary until you find your own pieces that you like best. Xx

  4. This is great. I love the design and it really suits you and your blog. Maybe you should start designing these for people? Thank you for sharing with us at #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    1. That’s what I’m thinking of doing because I really enjoyed designing the pages. Thanks so much for stopping by!😊

  5. That is a really great idea to design your own. I agree it is hard to find a planner that suits although I am so disorganised. I never ever remember when link ups are on and I drive myself nuts, and I am always writing blog posts on the day instead of being organised. I was like that at school too, everything was a last minute rush, ok to be honest I am even like that every morning trying to get kids to school, or me to work. Maybe I should plan better! You have doe amazing making your own and so great we can download them, thanks! #mg

    1. Yeah that is me too! I’m very disorganized and a huge procrastinator so I finally decided to try to alleviate some of those bad habits by making my own planner. It has helped me stay focused so that I can get more organized. It’s still a work in progress at least until the kids go back to school then I’ll be able to do more with it. Thanks so much Mac for the lovely comment!😊

    1. Yeah and it has been really good for me, especially since making my planner. Thanks so much Becky! I always love your comments!😊

  6. Thank you for this lovely planner. I use my notes section on my phone, or a teeny, tiny journal I carry EVERYWHERE with me, to jot down even the slightest idea. TY! #mondaystumblelinky

    1. I want to expand my designs to eventually add some sort of swirly border and if I end up making planners for others and they want florals I will look into that as well. Right now I’m in the experimental phase but I’m loving the discoveries I’m making! Thanks so much for the comment:-)

    1. Thank you! I wanted to match my blog as much as possible and music and coffee are my thing so I chose those two things as my theme:)

  7. Michelle…this is so awesome!!!! Most bloggers are charging or asking for an email or some kind of buy in for this type of thing! It IS very generous of you! I need something like this so badly! My life is super chaotic right now and I feel like I’m always busy but I never get anything done.
    The only thing that’s holding me back right now is a few printer cartridges! I’m going to send my husband out now to grab a few!:))

    #anythinggoes

    1. Oh that’s awesome! I don’t see the point in charging for something like this, especially as I’m new to it and am by no means an expert at it yet. Enjoy it and let me know how it works for you:-)

  8. They look fab. I’ve never used a planner but it might help me be more efficient and actually get stuff done. I’ll let you know if they do!

    1. Oh good! I hope they work out for you. They might even help you decide which ones you want to use versus which ones you don’t or aren’t fitting of your style and your goals. Do let me know how they work out for you:)

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