FREE Minimalist Versatile Daily Planner Printables

free daily printable daytodaydo

Before settling for bullet journaling, I went on trying every single planning system I came across. I tried doing it monthly, weekly, daily, hour-to-hour, and any other combinations I could make out of them. I purchased different notebooks, planners, and journals. And while some of them are really great, I came to the conclusion that when it comes to planners, there’s no one-size-fits-all, and my size is particularly an awkward in-between one. (Or maybe I’m like a person with a right feet one size bigger than the left so while the shoes out there are perfect, I still need to craft my own. Well, you get my point.)

So, partly for that reason and partly for the joy of the creative process, I decided to create my own daily planner. Even when I have the total freedom to create my own system from scratch, I went through quite a long (and exciting!) process of finding out my needs and coming up with a way to cater to my every needs. I have created more versions than I can name (one can only have so many ver1.5.x.x before losing count). I print them out and try using the pages for a few weeks and make some notes from the substantial ones (add “Expenses” section!) to more trivial ones (square too big?) and revise and revise and revise. It sounds like so much trouble but I did have fun!

free daily planner printable

Mind you, I am not in any way a design or Photoshop expert. I’m learning it by doing and by my own errors so if I can do it, I’m sure you can, too.

So, here it is; still not perfect, but I decided to acknowledge my passion and efforts in creating this by sharing with you. As I said, I create this for me so if you don’t think this is for you, I encourage you to create your own! (If you don’t want to start from scratch, I’m offering you my .psd file. Contact me to get it for free!)

Tips: This free daily printable looks great printed in any size (A4, A5, or even smaller). I use it in A6 because my handwriting is rather small.

Free Daily Printable ver1

free printable daily planner

Enter your email address below to get access to my resource library! You can download the printable and other great resources there.

Get Unlimited Access to dayTODAYdo’s Resource Library!

* indicates required


As you can see, my day ended early at 9 pm – because I need that 8 hours of sleep and so do you!

Features “habits” and “expenses” on the right bar. I find the habits section very useful to track habits, but I realize it can be too tiring and repetitive to write down your desired habits every single day. However, I found that writing it down can be useful to remind yourself of the desired behaviors. Even so, you can always opt for codes to represent a particular habit. I even use stickers or washi tape at some point (book sticker for reading, shoes sticker for running, etc.). Use it however you want, really!

The “Exercise” section can be used to track time spent doing any particular activity. I have used it to track time I spent exercising, practicing piano, even reading. Note that you can always contact me to get your .psd file and edit the sheet.

Free Daily Printable ver2

free printable daily planner

I made this version when I decided to learn Dutch (yeah, that went to the gutter). I aim for at least four words per day, while also learning from other platforms. I came up with a way to integrate it into my planning/journaling system. Later, I also used the section to write down new English words. But you can use it however you want. New terms you learn, articles you read, new songs you like, anything.

 

Enter your email address below to get access to my resource library! You can download the printable and other great resources there.

Get Unlimited Access to dayTODAYdo’s Resource Library!

* indicates required


So, enjoy my daily printables and do share me your experience in using it or in creating your own planning system!

I Reached My 2016 Resolution: The Importance of Weekly Goal Setting

weekly goal planner daytodaydo

It’s almost the end of 2016 and I’m proud to say that I have reached most of my 2016 resolution (yay yay!) My goals aren’t so great and important to humanity and all, but it feels great achieving them! I will definitely elaborate more on this experience in other posts, but for now I’m going to share the one thing that has helped me with the process: weekly goals setting.

One thing I found important to actually reach my goals is breaking it down to monthly, weekly, then daily goals. For example, my goal is to write a hundred proses in three months. That means I have to write at least thirty of them each month, which means, it’s one for every day. It sounds too simple even to think about, but if you don’t do it day by day or week by week, sorry, that awesome massive goal will just sit there, mighty, but unconquered. I prefer mine in chunks but done!

weekly goals setting bullet journal daytodaydoWeekly goals setting is particularly important to me because it’s easy to navigate through. I may not be able to complete some goals or tasks yesterday, so when I have free time today, I’ll look into my weekly goals and point out one or two things that I can do. In other words, its flexibility helps me use my time better.

 

So, let’s take a look, shall we?


Things I use:


 

weekly goal planner daytodaydo

My weekly goals page is accompanied by daily spread where I list specific things I plan to do this day to achieve that weekly goal (post coming soon). For example, this week I plan to write two blog posts. In Monday spread, I’ll set:

        • do research
        • write content

And on Tuesday, I will be doing:

        • take pictures
        • promote new post

and so on.

All those little tasks is possible to list because I have my weekly goals.

weekly goal planner daytodaydo

As you can see, I separate my weekly goals into categories:

        • blogging
        • freelance work
        • personal projects
        • reading
        • playing
        • cooking
        • reminder

 

This categorization is a good practice for people who have many aspects of life, or have many interests. It makes everything so much easier (and let’s face it: prettier and more organized).

Playing (music) and cooking is not on my 2016 resolution, but I added them because why not? So it’s no pressure at all in doing them but listing fun additional things I want to do helped me allocate my free time better. Most days, I end up cooking something or practicing some songs on the piano instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram because I write the “buffer” plan in my weekly page.

 

3-Color Simple Habit Tracker: Showcase and Insights

bujo habit tracker

Bullet journal habit tracker is one of the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. Really; I mean it. It’s actually one of the many reasons I decided to toss my existing planning system (even though I liked it a bunch!) and embrace the prettiness and flexibility of bullet journaling.

That being said, setting up a habit tracker page has been a lot of fun. The first time I did it was the first month I started bullet journaling (yes, right away), August 2016. It was kind of a mess and I skipped most of the days out of laziness. So, here’s my November habit tracker instead.

bujo habit tracker

I use coloring pencils to mark the activities I managed to do each day. By choosing only 3 colors: red, orange, and yellow, I was able to keep it pretty but simple.

bujo habit tracker

On some days, I excuse myself from some desired-habits because I was engaged in another all-day activity. I think this is important because that way I don’t feel bad about myself and retain my confidence in making the habit stick, so I’m going to keep on doing that.

I’m still struggling on some desired-habits, but I’m getting better on my morning ones. The rest is a lot harder because I rarely set a specific time apart to actually do them, so every time I get a little busy, the habit got forgotten.

Monthly habit tracker is a very simple yet useful way to help form new habits. For me, it’s not just a tracker. It’s a motivation to actually stick to my habits, so I can shade those boxes and they can look pretty. Yes, really. It’s a satisfaction of its own.

How’s your habit-keeping going?

Supplies:

 

Year at a Glance: My (First) Take on a Very Simple Future Log

bullet journal future log simple

I’ve been bullet journaling ever-so-loosely for the last few months. While I’m mostly using the daily spread and goal tracking, I finally decided to give Future Log a try.
Basically, it’s a year-at-a-glance system that allows you to easily spot important dates and the corresponding information. I was mainly interested because how pretty it looks (I know, right?), but a future log can also serve as a calendar; a convenient way to refer back and see any date in the year in your journal.

bullet journal future log
So, it wasn’t until I’m writing this post that I found out that the kind of month-to-month log I’m using is often called Ryder Carroll’s future log as he’s the one who first introduced the system.
This is how my future log looks like:

bullet journal future log ryder
bullet journal future log

As you can see, I started in December. Yes, I refuse to wait one whole month to start something and so should you. Start right now.
I used watercolor to write the months and clearly I have no idea what I’m doing (look at my “december”!) but what the heck; it was fun!

A closer look:

bujo future log watercolor monthly

 

The year is long ahead so I haven’t fill in much detail. I realized that if I mark every plan, events or appointments, it will get uncomfortably crowded. So in the middle of marking dates (I know, for a planner I don’t plan ahead much) I decided that this future log is only for blog-related goals or appointments or milestones. That way, I can avoid it getting too stuffed.

As for other aspects of my life, who knows? Maybe I’ll make another future log or try other log methods. What would you guys recommend?

Ryder Carroll’s Future Log
Pros:
Easy to make
Easy to look/understand
Doesn’t take a lot of space (6+ whole months in two pages!)
Minimalist-looking

Cons:
May get crowded quickly and easily