You guys…THIS IS IT.
I am equally nervous and excited today, because I’m about to share with you some serious sneak peeks into the planner I’ve been working on for months.
I’m excited because I love it, and my test group loves it, and my hope is that you’ll love it too! But I’m nervous because it’s really different. It’s not like any planner you’ve used before.
So let’s chat about why I developed The Organized Life Planner. You all know already that I’m a total planner junkie. I love planners and everything about them. For years, I’ve shared with you The Ultimate Planner Reviews, while answering questions and helping people choose their perfect planner.
And yet, I’ve still been on the hunt for mine.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found planners & systems I’ve really loved. I have been using a combination of Simplified Planner + a bullet journal for a few months now. And while it works pretty well, I don’t love having to split the contents of my life into two separate books. I want everything in one place – one reference guide to organize my chaotic life.
It might seem crazy, but I’ve always wanted a planner that gives me a monthly, weekly, AND daily view. There are a couple planners that do this, but none of them are pretty, and they always sacrifice something else that I need (meal planning, notes pages, etc.). I wanted a planner that could organize both my home life and my work life, and help me stay on top of both my daily responsibilities and my long-term goals.
And so, I set to work on the planner that I’m about to share with you. The Organized Life Planner. My hope is that it becomes a tool that you can use to simplify your life – getting everything down on paper so that you can actually clear your head, and make time for the things that matter most.
Ready to see it up close? Here we go!
THE ORGANIZED LIFE PLANNER
1. MONTHLY SPREAD :: Each month starts with your traditional monthly view. Huge daily boxes are provided, so you can write everything you need right there on the monthly spread! Plus, a space on the right for notes or goals you have for the month!
2. MONTHLY PLANNING PAGES :: Here’s where we start getting into the fun stuff! Every month holds 4 planning pages. Home Care, Personal Growth, and a 2-page Meal Planning & Shopping spread.
The Home Care page is a space to you to brain dump all the things on your to-do list for the month. You also have a place to write out your chore schedule. The right column provides space for detailing two home projects you’d like to complete, along with the steps you need to take to accomplish them. And then you’ve also got a space to jot down any special events coming up for the month!
The Personal Growth page begins with a place for you to plan out how you are going to make progress on your goals. These goals can be personal or business related – I usually have a few of each – and allow you to break down your progress into three steps you want to take toward each goal for the month. (This page, along the beginning of the weekly spread, pairs perfectly with PowerSheets, for any of you who use those like I do!) You’ve also got space on this page to detail a personal project you’re working on (I use this section to detail a business project for the month), along with planning for intentional rest for yourself, and ways to connect with your people.
The more I use this… the more I LOVE it!!” – Melissa F.
3. MONTHLY MEAL PLANNING & SHOPPING LIST :: Up next we’ve got a full page for planning out your meals for the entire month. You can use the dinner idea list to plan out every meal for each day of the month, OR simply create a list of 31 meal ideas for the month, that you can draw from each week. There are also sections to jot down breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas.
The next page is a shopping list, divided into sections of the grocery store. As you make your meal plan, write down the groceries that you need to purchase for each recipe, then tear this page out of your planner (the back is simply a notes page), and take it with you to the market! So simple, right? But it’s been a lifesaver for me!
4. LOOK AHEAD – WEEKLY OVERVIEW :: You can see the notes page on the left that backs up to the shopping list above. Then, on the right, we start getting into the weekly spread. This Look Ahead page is designed for that time each week (on Sunday afternoons, for me!) when you sit down and plan out your week. At the top you’ve got a weekly meal planning section – I pull ideas and plans from the monthly meal plan I made, and decide what’s actually going on the menu this week. Then there’s a small shopping list on the side for any extras you still need to pick up, like milk or apples.
Below, you’ll find a master to-do list for the week, both for home tasks and for personal (or business) tasks. This is a great place to brain dump, and clear your head of all the things you need to get done! Then, you can prioritize your lists, and make a plan to get things accomplished on the next few pages. At the bottom, there’s a small section to jot down that thing you REALLY don’t want to forget this week!
I’m in love! Thank you, Kayse for this AMAZING Planner! It’s the best planner I’ve ever used!” – Allison L.
5. WEEKLY SPREAD :: Here’s the meat of the planner – and also where you’ll notice how it’s not like any other planner you’ve used before!
The week is spread across 4 pages. It’s different, I know! But I think you’ll find that you love the space it allows you for each day!
The top half of the first page is a section for you to make a plan for the things that matter most. You have space to write down your three top priorities this week – these can be huge tasks, or just things you want to focus on during the week. You also have a space to write down three things (or people) to remember in prayer throughout the week.
The Weekly Tracker is a place for you to work on building habits and making progress on your goals. If your priority this week is to have a quiet time every day, you’d write that down here, and then check each day off as you are able to have your quiet time! I don’t know about you, but checkboxes are super-motivating for me, and I love this portion of the planner! (And this is the part that pairs well with your PowerSheets!)
Each day spans half a page. You have sections for your schedule, your top 3 tasks, your to-do list, your meal plan, laundry, daily chore, health, water tracking, and notes. I’ll get into this a little more in the close-up photo below!
6. WEEKLY REFLECTION :: At the end of each week, there’s a full page for reflection. You have space to look back at the week and jot down what went well, and what didn’t go so well, which really helps before you jump into another week of planning – you can figure out what you want to stick with, and what needs to change. You also have a spot to write out your best memory of the week, plus a little notes space for a brain dump at the end of the week.
I love the week in review! It not only gave me a perspective on this coming week when planning, but really made me think about last week and what I could do differently going forward. And it reminded me of what I was really loving about life!” – Jen M.
A Peek Into How I’m Using My Organized Life Planner
I love the planning space at the beginning of the weekly spread. It just makes my heart so happy, because it helps me stay on track with my focus, my prayers, and my habits throughout the week.
I use the priority section a little differently each week. In the photo below, I used it to detail the three things I REALLY wanted to make happen that week. I needed to finish shopping & filling out paperwork for Emily to start school, I needed to get enough sleep so I could start waking up earlier, since we were going to have to leave for school before 7:30am each morning. And I was super behind on laundry, and determined to put an end to it that week!
I use the prayers section to write down the 3 things I want to keep praying for throughout the week. Since this page is open on my counter all week long, it’s wonderful to have a visual reminder to pray!
The weekly tracker is my favorite! I use this section to write down the things I am really working on making into a habit – the things that are essential for me to get done each day. I don’t always fill this section up, as you can see, but it’s flexible enough to hold up to 7 habits each week.
And here’s a typical daily view! What I love about this planner is that I have enough space to really write out the nitty gritty of each day, but I also get the benefit of a weekly overview, simply by turning one page!
I always fill out my to-do section first, right there in the middle. From that list, I pull 3 top tasks for the day. (Okay, I’m seeing that that didn’t actually happen on the day I photographed – of course! It looks like on the day pictured, I wrote down the 3 things I knew needed to happen, and then used the to-do section to record all the other things I wanted to do.) I love the top 3 section because even if I get nothing else done that day, finishing those 3 tasks helps me feel like I really did accomplish something!
From there, I move to the far right column. I plan my meals, and then move onto the next squares. Laundry is always on ongoing tasks, so I write down exactly what I’m going to do that day – maybe it’s a load of darks, or maybe it’s putting away all the clothes I folded yesterday. Then I write in my daily chore, from the master list I have in my monthly spread! I like to focus on one chore a day, and then things don’t build up quite so much.
After that, I write down one way I am going to work on improving my health that day. Maybe it’s tracking my food, maybe it’s a specific workout, maybe it’s going on a walk with the family. I also plan one way I will intentionally rest each day. As a busy mom, this is SO important! We must rest & fill our tanks if we have any hope of serving our families well. And then, I check off the water boxes as I go along my day.
Next, I plan out my actual schedule for the day. Everything pretty much revolves around meals in this house, so I’ve divided the day up into morning (after breakfast), afternoon (after lunch), and evening (after dinner). A few of the girls in my planner test group also write in the hour on each of the lines, in case you prefer a more hourly schedule!
I use the notes space differently each day, though I usually write out one verse from the passage I’d read that morning. I like having Scripture in front of me all day long – especially when I feel like I might lose my patience with the kids! (Which is always…)
At the very beginning of the year, there are pages to help you find your focus for the year, and then set your goals. At the back of the planner, there are plenty of notes pages in two styles – one set is lined, and one set is a dot grid. This is the perfect place for all of your lists, especially if you love the bullet journal, like I do! Add your lists to the back of your planner, and there you’ve got it – everything in one place!
My hope is that this planner will be a valuable tool in your home! Here at Intentional Moms, we’re all about making time for the things that matter most, and I really believe this planner will help you do that. There’s a space for everything, which means that you get to write it all down and clear your head from everything you’re juggling. Once you’ve done that, it’s so much more simple to make space for the things that are really important to you. Faith. Family. Life together.
Want to customize your planner? No problem!
Because I know each of you has totally different needs, Planner Packs are now available for just $5! Planner Packs are focused add-on packs that give you the opportunity to make your planner your own. These can be added to your order, and you’re free to add on as many as you’d like!
- Financial Pack – covers budget, expenses, debt, and savings.
- Fitness Pack – covers meal tracking, weight loss goals, schedule, and progress tracker.
- Homeschool Pack – covers curriculum & wish list, field trips, weekly planning and yearly overview.
- Blogger Pack – covers editorial calendar planning, goals, projects, expenses, etc.
- Bible Study Pack – covers Bible Study, journaling, and prayer requests.
- Memories Pack – provides a place for you to write down funny things your kids say, milestones they hit, and more.
- Working Mom Pack – helps working moms merge their work & home lives, all in one planner.
A few things to note…
1. THIS IS A PRINTABLE PLANNER!
That means that once you purchase it, you’ll print it yourself, either at home or by sending it to an office supply store, like Staples. You can either keep it in a three-ring binder, or you can have it bound at an office supply store, like I did. (I prefer spiral bound, so I had mine bound at Office Max, for just $4!)
It comes standard in an 8.5 x 11 size, but since you’re printing it at home, you can actually print at any size you’d like. Full size or half size would be easiest, but with a little tweaking, you can make it whatever size you’d like. A friend of mine loves her Happy Planner SIZE, but prefers to use my planner pages, so she simply printed out this planner to the same size as her HP, and then hold punched it accordingly.
(I am hoping to have a physical planner available for you sometime next year, but it won’t be ready until at least the summer, maybe fall. For now, it’s only available in this printable version.)
2. THERE ARE BE TWO VERSIONS AVAILABLE!
Both a dated and an undated version of this planner are now available. The dated planner is $12, and the undated planner is $15. (The undated planner is a bit more of an investment, because you can print it again and again, year after year. It’s literally the last planner you’ll ever need to buy!)
Planner Packs are just $5 each (with the exception of the Blogging Pack, which is $7 because it is much more extensive).
3. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
The Organized Life Planner is a brand new planner in an already well-saturated planner market. If you think this could be your perfect planner, or if you think of a friend who might love it, I’d so appreciate it if you shared this post with them. I’m excited to spread the word, and get this tool into the hands of overwhelmed women everywhere!
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