As the new year is knocking on our doorstep, I’m busy planning ahead for what is likely to be a busy year. In the first four months alone, we have two family weddings (The Mister’s step sister, and my brother), a friends’ wedding celebration (we can’t make it to the wedding in Hawai’i in May), three of five parents’ birthdays, one sibling birthday, lots of extended family members’ and friends’ birthdays, as well as numerous appointments relating to our wedding planning (that’s in August!), and a semester of uni for both The Mister and I (mine’s March – June, his is August – November). Phew, I need a holiday just reading all that to myself, so I can only imagine how you might be feeling, and that’s only January through April!
It’s no secret: I like being organised. I have three different kikki.K planners on our fridge alone (weekly planner, chores, and meal planner – all purchased for convenience as they are already gummed, I just pop a magnet strip on the back), plus a Day-To-Page diary, a monthly whiteboard calendar, and Google Calendar that I access on my phone. With only two more days until 2015 rings true I’ve decided I need to step things up a notch and make myself a blog/editorial planner. I’m determined to make this blog a success and the only way I know how to do things successfully is to plan (heck, that is my profession after all!). I hunted high and low on the internet – paid or free – to find a blog planner that suited me, and while some of them were pretty, they were also well over my head, and not very printer friendly or cost effective. Of course, that just meant I had to stop being lazy and make my own!
Free 2015 Monthly Planner
I love this monthly planner so much I had to share it with you. It’s pretty basic and plain, but that means that you can customise it to your heart’s content. It’s black and white so it uses minimal ink, with only the front cover page having a chevron fill – but even that is black and white! There’s enough space at the top to allow for binding, and you can even put a single hole punch at the bottom in the middle for the hook on the wall, or you can just leave it as is and pop it up on the fridge with magnets. Freedom and flexibility were definitely at the front of my mind when designing this calendar, and organisation of course!
I haven’t put public holidays in as these vary from state to state, and country to country. I want this calendar to be used far and wide, so please share it with your family and friends.
How do you stay organised? I’d love to hear your hints and tips, and also would love to see how you use this monthly planner!