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22 Apr

Free Printable Planners Are Here: Get Yours!

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Why do you need free printable planners?

Because everyone plans.

Even those who don’t plan to plan, do. Because if you don’t make a plan to succeed, then you are actually planning to fail. Or at least that’s what some people say. I recently posted about Outlining Your Life Day by Day even before you plan. As for me?

I LOVE planning.

Especially when the planners are fun and FREE! But what you consider fun may not be what someone else considers fun, right? We all have our own ideas of what we like in the way of design. Some like subtle colors or minimal images, while others like bold colors and lots of action in their designs.

That’s why I made four different sets.

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I think the variety of styles in these planners provides something for just about anyone. They are .pdf format and are 8.5 x 11, so you can print them out and punch holes for a notebook. Or slip them in a plastic sleeve and use an erasable marker over and over. Of course, you are welcome to make as many copies as you like.

I’m all for sharing.

So if you have friends who like the free printable planners you download here, please send them the link to this blog so they can get their own copy. There’s really nothing to stop you from just printing copies for them, too, but I’m asking you not to do that. You found these fun free printable planners, so let them have the fun of looking around my blog and finding new goodies, too. (Besides, I want to meet them!)

Each Free Printable Planner Set has 8 planners.

I’m currently working on a notebook that will have 28 planners, and as soon as it’s done, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, enjoy these free printable planners. Let me know if you have particular ideas about what should be included in the notebook. Here’s what I’ve planned for it:

  1. 4-quadrant planner
  2. blog content planner
  3. budget planner
  4. daily planner
  5. meals / grocery list planner
  6. monthly calendar
  7. weekly calendar
  8. vacation planner
  9. to do list
  10. weight tracker
  11. books planner
  12. password keeper
  13. habit tracker
  14. goals tracker
  15. Bible / Scripture log
  16. activities schedule
  17. language learner log
  18. macros tracker
  19. vacation packing planner
  20. yearly cleaning schedule
  21. daily routine
  22. homework planner
  23. contacts list
  24. birthdays
  25. exercise goals tracker
  26. when did I last…? tracker
  27. correspondance tracker
  28. what to do in 5 minutes

The first 8 are in each free printable planner set.

Here are the four options.

Just click on the one you like and it will take you to MediaFire, where you can download the planner sets.

What kind of planners do you use?

 

 

11 Apr

Scheduling to Lessen Stress in a Too-Busy World

We live in a stress-filled, too busy world, and scheduling is just one more thing to do.

If you’re anything like I am, you already have too many things to do and not enough time in which to do them. From getting everyone out the door in the morning to finding time to spend with God, you’re busier now than you’ve ever been. You’ve probably seen all the time management and scheduling tips and tricks you can find on Pinterest and even tried them for awhile, but somehow, you always end up behind again. That sound familiar?

Me, too! Well, take heart. I’m going to show you how to decide what to put on that to-do list, and then show you a way to get things done without losing your sanity. It’s a three-step process, and one which will make your day much less stressful.

The first thing you need is a list of all your to-dos.

A complete list. Write down absolutely everything you have to do or want to do, in one long list. Don’t prioritize or try to decide what to put on and what to leave off. Just list everything you can think of.

Now take a piece of paper and divide it into fourths (fold it in half one way and then in half the other way). Now we’re going to label the quadrants as follows: Q1: Important/Urgent; Q2 Important/Not Urgent; Q3 Not Important/Urgent; and Q4 Not Important/Not Urgent. You’re going to put each item on your list in one of those squares, but there’s a secret to doing it the right way. Let’s look at definitions. Important means there is a negative consequence for not doing it. Urgent means there’s a negative consequence for not doing it NOW. At first, you’ll find a lot of stuff listed in Q1, but over time, you’ll be working mostly from Q2 and sometimes from Q3, but rarely from Q4.

Deciding on where things go.

If you can’t decide where something goes in your scheduling, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What will happen if I don’t do it at all?
  • What will happen if I don’t do it now?

Answering those two questions will help you see clearly where each item should go. Q1 is for things that absolutely must be done right away. You’re going to work at staying out of that quadrant! Q2 is for important matters that aren’t (yet) urgent. The trick will be to schedule time for those things so they don’t ever make it into Q1. This is the quadrant where you want most of your items to reside. Q3 is for things like buying something you’d like to have that’s on sale NOW, but won’t have a negative consequence if you don’t buy it. Q4 is for things you’d like to get around to, but it’s okay if they don’t actually get done. Nothing earth-shattering will happen if you just let them go.

The time-block method of scheduling.

After you have assigned all your to-do items to one of the quadrants, you’re going to use the time block method to tackle the list and see it shrink. Here’s how the time block system works.

Block out fifteen minutes on your calendar or in your planner to tackle one of the scheduling items in Q1. Work at it steadily for fifteen minutes and then quit. If you find it takes more time than that, you can always block in another fifteen minutes to get it done, but chances are fifteen minutes will take care of the worst of the problem. Create fifteen minute blocks of time and work through your list, giving most of your attention to Q1 tasks. BUT DON’T IGNORE Q2. For every two Q1 tasks you complete, do a Q2 task, too. If you ignore Q2, first thing you know you’ll have all those tasks in Q1, too!

Naturally, appointments eventually end up in Q1 and must be attended to when they are due. But put bills to pay in Q2 unless they are overdue, and then pay them before they absolutely have to move into Q1. The trick is to gradually get rid of Q1 tasks and then keep them at a minimum. Q2 tasks should take the majority of your time and attention.

I’ve prepared two printables, one Quadrant Page and one Daily Page. Use these to help you implement this system, and before you know it, you’ll have everything under control. Just click on the image to download.

What do you do to organize your time and tasks? Tell me in the comments.

 

20 Feb

10 Favorite Font Combinations for Crafters & Designers

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IT’S NOT ALWAYS easy to find good font combinations for your craft or design projects. In fact, sometimes it’s downright frustrating. Do you combine serif and san serif faces, or how do you decide which roman font goes with your script font? Well, to make things a little easier, I’ve come up with ten of my favorite font combinations and put them in a graphic for you so you can see what they look like together — they’re in pairs, first the script, then the roman. Then I’ve included links to where you can find the font (just click on the font name). Most of them are free, but be very careful about the license. Some of them are okay for commercial use, but most are for personal use only, unless you buy a commercial license.

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These font combinations are ones that I’ve used in crafts and for making posters for myself. Of course, you may decide to combine them in different ways, and that’s fine, too. Because in the end, it’s what strikes your fancy that matters.

One tip, though. Don’t use script fonts for all caps, because it makes it difficult to read.

What are your favorite font combinations?