HAPPY NEW YEAR!
You know what this means: time for a new 2018 planner!
I know there are tons of great digital planners and project management tools out there, but to me, there’s nothing quite like writing something down – pen to paper. It’s actually been psychologically proven that writing tasks down helps you remember them because it gets lodged into your long-term instead of short-term memory. There’s also something really satisfying about physically crossing something off a to do list, in my opinion. 😉
I used to be super picky when it came to buying a planner because I had a hard time finding one that worked perfectly for all my needs:
- I like my planners to be simple, clean, and minimalist, with plenty of blank space, so I can fill in my own holidays, birthdays, reminders, tasks, and use my own color schemes. (I might be slightly addicted to colored pens and highlighters..)
- I had such a hard time finding a planner with equally large spaces for Monday through Sunday. I found that many calendars had smaller spaces for Saturday & Sunday because most people have school or work schedules based on a Monday through Friday work-week. But as a self-employed entrepreneur, any day can be a work day for me – in fact, sometimes weekends are the busiest times for me!
I eventually decided to give up my hunt for the perfect planner and just created my own – and I’m sharing it with you guys!
If you’d like to print out your own copy, download the PDF here and follow the instructions below to print it:
The planner can be printed out either 8.5″x11″ or 6.5″x8.5″ – depending upon your size preference – and either stored on a clipboard, placed in a binder, or however else you’d like!
HOW TO PRINT:
To print the large version: just select “Letter” as the Paper Size.
To print the smaller version, trim the long end of your paper to 6.5″ instead of 11″. (Or cut a legal sized sheet of paper in half!) In the Paper Size section of the Page Setup printer dialogue box, create a Custom Size: 6.5″ x 8.5″.
DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING
If you don’t have a double-sided (“duplex”) printer, no worries!
- If your printer normally prints ink on the top side of the paper that’s loaded into the tray and comes out with the ink on the bottom of the printed page (the page comes out face-down):
- In the Adobe Acrobat printer dialogue box, first print all of the EVEN pages in REVERSE order. Then take that stack, place it back in the printer tray with the blank side facing up, and print all of the ODD pages in REGULAR order.
- If your printer normally prints ink on the bottom side of the paper that’s loaded into the tray and comes out with the ink on the top of the printed page (the page comes out face-up):
- In the Adobe Acrobat printer dialogue box, first print all of the EVEN pages in REGULAR order. Then take that stack, place it back in the printer tray with the blank side facing down, and print all of the ODD pages in REVERSE order.
A few last tips before you start making all your plans for 2018:
- Prioritize: Think about all the events or values in your life that are important to you and non-negotiable. Write all of them down in your planner first (in pen or marker so you can’t erase them!). (Ex: Attending a conference during a certain week, attending your best friend’s wedding, your 5-year anniversary, your kids’ birthdays, etc.) As the year goes by, this will ensure that you plan your schedule, respond to inquiries, plan launches, schedule meetings, etc. around these dates so that you don’t accidentally miss that exciting conference or end up working on your anniversary or loved one’s birthday.
- Make your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and time-based. They should have specific quantitative parameters and deadlines. The “finish line” should be clear so you can tell when you’ve reached it (ex: “Drink 5 glasses of water per day” instead of “Drink more water“). They should be worded positively (ex: “Replace soda with seltzer” instead of “Stop drinking soda“). It should be a challenge to reach the goals but not impossible to achieve them.
Hope you have an amazing and productive 2018!!