It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. It’s also the time to make New Years resolutions. One of my yearly promises to myself has always been to try my best to stay as organized as possible. As a multitasker I have found the more organized I am the more easy staying on task can be. I have been using my own yearly planner since college….so almost 20 years now! My personal planner has evolved a lot over the years and I’m sure I’ll continue to make changes in the future. I’ve been inspired by many calendars over the years; but I couldn’t find just the right one to fit my needs. I felt like Goldilocks of planners…this one had print too small…this one did not have enough space…and so on. After much tweaking I think I have created the calendars that I think are the best fit! So today I will share with you free printables for my yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars so you can create a 2017 DIY calendar planner of your very own.
To start, you will need a 3 ring binder. I use a 1 inch binder, but a 1/2 inch binder will do as well. The binders I like best are by Avery. The binder pictured was purchased at Target. All planners need cover art! I’m into canning jars and chalkboards…so I created a 2017 cover with that and my favorite saying…”Laughter is the hands of God on the shoulders of a troubled world.” I have created a free printable planner cover for you. Simply write in your name on the blank space provided. Your 2017 planner cover printable is here: Brandy’s Happy Home 2017 Planner Cover
When the planner is opened I placed a 2017 yearly calendar in the left binder pocket. I love having a yearly calendar for quick review. Under the yearly calendar I also place a copy of the school year calendar, my children’s class schedules, and our Sunday School calendar. To the right you will find a zippered pocketed pouch, which was found at Target. In this pouch I keep my favorite pen, pencils, sticky pads, paper clips, and white out roller. I use the paper clips to attach things such as invitations to the weekly calendars.
You can find your free 2017 yearly calendar printable here: 2017-yearly calendar-BHH
Each month is divided by colorful tabs. These monthly tab dividers were found at Office Max / Office Depot.
I love having my monthly calendar on 1 page. I also like that visually I can see the monthly calendar to my left and the weekly calendar to the right. If needed, the yearly calendar is a quick flip of pages away to the left. The days of the week are colored coded; the red color of Monday on both the monthly and weekly calendars match…and so on.
I have to admit that I don’t always use the monthly calendars that I create. I am still a very big Outlook user and often just print out a copy of my monthly calendar from my desktop. My monthly calendar is used mostly for appointments. Hole punch your monthly calendars on the opposite side.
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My weekly calendar is my most treasured and most used! I LOVE that my weekly calendar starts with a Monday. A lot of other weekly calendars start with Sunday to coincide with a monthly calendar. To me, my week starts on Monday! This weekly calendar is where I list specifics of what I need to do each day. I usually fill these in on a week by week basis. I almost always write in my weekly calendar with pencil…my favorite being Ticonderoga…that way activities can be erased and rewritten for another day if needed. I’ll transfer over appointments from the monthly calendar plus add in things like…pick up dry cleaning…dog to vet for shots…pick up prescriptions…list any calls I need to make that day. In the bottom right corner of each day box I write in my dinner meal plans. If the day is very busy with kid activities I use my Sharpie fine tip markers and color code which activities go with which kid. One of my favorite things is finding that one of my children as doodled me a colorful message at the bottom of my weekly calendar….”Love you Momma”…”Have a great day”…I guess they are paying back for all those notes I leave in their lunch boxes.
What’s great about using a 3 ring binder system is that if your week is divided between two months you simply remove that page when you are ready for the next month and place it in the following month tab. You can find your free 2017 weekly calendar printables here:
In the very back of the planner I also have tabs for various activities that I would need to have notes. Here I stash upcoming blog and homeroom mom ideas.
I mentioned my favorite pencils are Ticonderoga. I also need to mention that the best pencil top erasers are Arrowhead by PaperMate; these erase cleanly without smearing. The best pencil sharpener I have found is CARL Angel-5; sharpens without over sharpening. Both of these can be found on Amazon.
A list of US holidays can be found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/2017
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Wishing everyone a happy and blessed…and organized 2017! Craft on!