BYOB Daily Planner

by Ivory Soap

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I have a problem with most printable planners.  They don’t reflect my spontaneous, forgetful nature.  They’re usually written for methodical folks who remember to take showers and stuff.  Not me.  I need a planner that says, “Hey, is your phone charged?  And are you feeling kinda yuck?  Any chance your counters and sink are trashed?  You never feel completely GOOD until they’re empty. I’m just sayin’…”

As I’ve said in the past, the biggest organizing mistake is: organizing for who you wish you were, not who you actually are.  That’s why I created my Be Your Own Butler Daily Planner (not Bring your Own Beer, which frankly is what I would require to follow a “normal” day planner sheet).  This planner was designed by my imaginary valet, Jeeves, who knows me better than I know myself.

  • He says that I need a Top Three Tasks section that, assuming nothing else gets done, I get to declare the day a success.  
  • I also need a Wish I’d Do… section for all those things that hang over my head, but I’m totally not going to do right now and can just transfer from day to day.
  • He gives me a Theoretical Routine, since times stress me out and I hide from them in Pinterest.
  • He knows that I need to be reminded daily about things that make me feel good about life, my RESTORATIVE habits.  Now I can’t tell you yours, but if you are spacey like me and just get a general sense of un-well-being and can’t remember what makes you feel good about life, you need a Sanity Support section on your planner too. (See below for my filled out version of this form.)
  • I have an Add to Calendar section for all those things I remember I’m supposed to do, but haven’t written down yet.
  • My Reminder List (typed on the filled out version) is about all those little things that slip my mind and stress me out later.
  • There are two Project Notes sections for whatever I have on my mind that involves several steps, so I get to start checking things off before I’m really finished with a larger task.

Now, if you are like me, you will need the jpeg so that you can type in your own Sanity Support and Reminder sections on Paint.NET.  Just click on the above image and use the font  Kristen ITC 12 to make changes.  Your Jeeves probably has different plans for you than mine.  I’m a total spaz!   Just erase my headers and put in your own.  Let your imaginary Jeeves guide you.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie March 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

thank you thank you thank you-not just for the printable link, but for making me feel a bit more normal- I, too, struggle with wanting to do all the creative, fun stuff, then forget about things like taking a shower, feeding my always hungry children, and actually teaching them at home too! I want them to watch me teach myself new, good habits, for the sake of us all!! Thank you!

Caryn March 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

You are BRILLIANT! That’s all.

Colleen Anderson March 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Ummm…. this is GENIUS! Thank you!

Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest March 13, 2013 at 6:36 am

Thank you! This is just what I need (I pinned it).

Kay March 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

ok, I totally get this, HOWEVER, Kristen, like Comic Sans, must go! I say look for a more self-empowering font, like, say, Franklin Gothic Demi, and give yourself a confident boost upon referring to your planner!

I’d relegate answering email to the very bottom of that list. Too easy to get sucked into a vortex of no return. Also, I’d build in a short planned on-purpose retreat to do something nice for yourself, unless mopping floors is what that is. For me it would be sitting down for 10-15 min. midday to do a little hand stitchery. But that’s me. It can’t be all chores all day for this girl.

I do like the permissions you do give yourself, though. Just don’t forget to be nice to yourself along the way.

Darlene in North GA March 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I’m lost. I’m trying to edit this form. I’ve tried cutting and copying, I’ve downloaded pdf and I’ve clicked on the first image. Nothing gets me to where I can edit the form. I even downloaded and I still can’t figure out how to edit the text. I do know a little about editing photos, jpgs, etc. I just don’t seem to be able to figure this one out. Any tips?

Darlene in North GA March 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

*jpegs. sheesh!

Ivory Soap March 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

Did you get it?

Darlene in North GA March 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

No, not yet. I’ve watched some YouTube videos, but they haven’t helped either. It seems layers have not been retained and I can’t figure out a way to overwrite or erase headings, nor get the same font as you used.

Jayne March 16, 2013 at 4:31 am

Brilliant, I keep a planner for who I wish I was what a failure, yours is perfection!

Kathryn March 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

Have you heard of Flylady? She just wrote a bit about becoming a butterfly, and getting out of our cocoons. 15 minutes at a time, and working on routines. I think you are on to something- I really like your chart!

Lee March 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Oh Deeanna, I love your blog so much! You make me smile as I remember all of the different planning systems I have tried. I am someone that needs to jot down things that I have done just so that I can cross them off to feel better about my day. Your planner appears very promising, thanks for sharing!

Andrea March 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

Gracias por esta planificación es ideal para mi ya que soy desorganizada, hago listas y al final del día me encuentro con que hice poco, esto me ayudará a planificarme y darme cuenta que el día no es un chicle

lindsay April 7, 2013 at 12:31 am

amazed to know I am not the only one who has to put “check your calendar” on the list…love it!

Barbara April 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I tried too to change the form, but it is saved as a picture and the individual elements cannot be changed. Usually there is an option to ungroup elements and then each element can be edited. There is no option for ungrouping. Sorry.

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