Planning Ahead with the Right Planner

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As you have found out, I am obsessed with planners.  I have even gone so far as to ask Avery Products to make a specific label in clear so I can lose my damned mind making stickers.  If you don’t know what a planner is or the new planner craze is all about, here is my planner.


This one is my writing planner.  I watch my word counts, set weekly writing goals, look at character development.  I love this planner because I can add pages to it.  It is the one planner that really lets you focus on your ideas.  It is called, drum roll please: Me and My Big Ideas.

I have modified it and created my own pages.


I love this planner because it allows room for, well, me and my big ideas, and Lawd knows I have lots of those.


Because I am a multi-tasker, I have two.  One for my writing life and one for my business life.  Unfortunately, I ordered it before I new about the Happy Planner. What I don’t like about this one is that it is spiral.  the covers are interchangeable, but you can not add pages to it.


I love the layout of it with room to write and make lists of things that need to be done.


Yes, mama loves the washi tape.


Tomorrow, I will get in some quilting and plan for my week.  Already, I have 3 appointments and that is it for one week.

So now, on to you. Finding the right planner is critical. it depends on your life style and what you are trying to accomplish. I saw this blog post and loved this planner, but I don’t know if I am ready to plop down another $50, but seriously how awesome is this?

Also on her blog is a list of free printables on everything from

  • Meal Prayer Cards
  • Summer Fun Days
  • Love Notes
  • Little Man Birthday Bash Printable Set

I love these for schedules and what not. That meal planning is mandatory. It saves you so much money.

  • Daily Routine – Start forming great habits and feeling accomplished with this simple day planner!
  • Monthly Meal Planner – Great for planning freezer cooking!
  • Complete Daily Planner – A simple daily planner for moms on the go. (available for purchase)

And then there are these trackers that help you keep track over everything.  Some of these I want and will print out later.

  • Account Tracker
  • Address Book {Contacts}
  • Auto Maintenance Log
  • Baby Journal
  • Babysitter Info
  • Blog Planning Calendar
  • Book Inventory
  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Daily Plan (version 1)
  • Daily Routine (version 2)
  • DVD Inventory
  • Emergency Info
  • Exercise Log
  • Family Budget
  • Financial Goals Worksheet
  • Food Journal
  • Freezer Inventory
  • Immunization Record
  • Inspirational Tidbits
  • Kids Info
  • Kids Daily Schedule
  • Master Household Project List
  • Monthly Meal Planner
  • Online Password Tracker
  • Pantry Inventory
  • Perpetual Calendars (Birthdays and Anniversaries)
  • Restaurants & Take Out Contact List
  • Shopping List
  • Spending Tracker
  • Weekly Exercise Log
  • Weekly Meal Plan

Head over to Kayse’s website for the links to any of these great freebies.

The whole point of this is, you don’t have to buy a planner, you can make you own with a binder from the dollar store and a hole puncher. However, you need to start.

Have fun and happy planning.

2 thoughts on “Planning Ahead with the Right Planner

    Kayse Lee Pratt said:
    January 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Hi there! I sent you an email this morning regarding this post. Please respond ASAP. 🙂 Thank you!!

      Olivia Gaines said:
      January 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Hey there Kayse! What an awesome blog page you have. I have added a direct link to your site so that readers can head over to your page, click some of those awesome links and get to planning! Thanks for sharing such great info. Happy Planning.

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