Well guys, since this year’s free printable planner was super unexpectedly and overwhelmingly popular I just had to make another one for 2018. Everyone left such sweet comments and some ladies were so grateful and wrote how the planner really helped them get on top of keeping track of habits like meals – I was really touched! So while there are a wealth of planners sold in stores, how could I not create a new one after those comments?!
After lots and lots of coffee, I am excited to share my 2018 weekly and monthly planner with you! Squeal! After a year of pastels I was craving bolder colors and I hope you’ll enjoy this year’s color scheme as much as I do. What do you think of that tropical twist? Good news – since you’ll print it yourself you can always print it in black and white if you prefer.
New Planner Features
Year in Pixels
The new Sannipanni Planner has a few additions that I’m really stoked about like this year in pixels page that’s inspired by the bullet journal community. Pick 5 different colors and fill in the squares. I’ve seen pixel labels along the lines of “amazing, good, alright, bad, and horrific days” or “elated, happy, neutral, sad, and angry moods”.
The Home Disaster Avoidance Masterplan got a little facelift! I added a daily routine list that’s the bare minimum in my book. The focus zones got a companion list with focus zone tasks. So throughout the year I can easily transpose those that apply into that month’s spread.
Last year I had a disaster preparedness list but when we were preparing for a potential Hurricane Irma thread here in Charlotte this year I didn’t even look at it and just referenced the official FEMA list. So I deleted that list. You can always print your own list and add it to your planner.
Word of The Year
Just today I participated in this really inspiring Word of The Year conversation in one of my Facebook groups. Pick a word that is highly meaningful for you as you think about the year ahead. My planner buddies’ wonderful suggestions included: thrive, grow, breathe, adventure, heal, joy, fun, grit and so many more. I’ll share my personal word of the year with y’all in a future blog post.
One thing I really need to get better about next year is to take care of myself so I don’t burn out. Funny, as a freelance at home mom and pilot wife I feel much more drained than when I had a busy desk job! Obviously as a mom you give and give and give so much super selflessly but man, it is a draining 24/7 job! So in 2018 I definitely want to plan for some self-care TLC for my mind, body and soul. Ya know, mani/pedis, listening to a good podcast, work-out, call a girlfriend and so forth. Loads of great ideas if you google. My planner has space to write down my favorite self-care ideas so when I have a minute or 30 I have ideas at my fingertips and won’t have to waste time.
I also added this wire-modelesque blossom that I’m planning to shade in every time I do something for me. With all the demands of today’s busy world I’m really looking forward to seeing my self-care flower become colorful with bloom.
I designed little meal plan magnets earlier this year and included the graphic in the planner, too. On the facing page you’ve got meal idea categories that you can fill with your go-to dishes. Then when it comes to picking meals for the week, just pick a meal from each category. Or like me, fill in the gaps between left-overs and restaurant food with a few of them.
Not too many changes here. You still have three areas per day: blank area (I use that for appointments, birthdays, etc.), personal to-do list and boss life to-do list. That layout has been working great for me to keep my freelance work and all other areas of life organized. Yay!
I did flip the meal planning and to buy list with the trackers and doodle space. Writing at the inside edge of the planner was kind of a pain this year but I’m hoping filling in trackers will be easy enough to do with the binding right there.
In 2017 I printed my planner on 5x7in paper, which fit perfectly into a mini binder. But for next year I’d like to go a little bigger but not all the way to 8.5x11in. The planner is designed to be printed on letter sized paper but you can easily scale it down when you print it out of the Adobe Reader. So I’ve played around with different sizes and will print my planner on 7×8.5in, which is half legal size. My plan is to buy legal sized paper and cut it during a Netflix binge session. Printed at 80%, the weekly boxes are 1.5in wide (on my printer anyway), which is the same width as they are in the Erin Condren’s Life Planner. I’m excited to use some of my old stickers! Woot!
Oh, you’ll need the file! Here it is:
Right click on the link and save the file on your computer’s hard drive. Open it in Adobe Reader instead of your browser for better printing. Also choose printing on both sides to create nice spreads.
If 8.5in x 11in or 5.5in x 8.5in (you’ll have some space at the top and bottom of the pages) is your preferred size (and it’s so easy because you won’t have to do any trimming!), you can just use binders like this letter sized and this smaller one. You’ll also need an adjustable hole-punch for the smaller format.
I searched hi and lo for a binder to work with 7in x 8.5in but couldn’t find one. They seem to all be for narrower 5.5in wide pages and too short for what I want. Luckily, I eventually stumbled across the arc binding system. Hoorah! All I’ll need is a hole-punch and basic arc rings, that I can reuse again next year. There are some fancier metallic ones out there but the reviews don’t sound as promising. So we shall see! Since I won’t have a binder I’ll laminate the front and back covers at FedEx Office.
Finding the right supplies to print the planner took a little bit so I’m going to share my findings with you in case you don’t want to shell out a ton of money to have the planner printed and bound at your local copy shop. The planner still looks neat in black and white so that may be a reasonably priced option if you don’t want to print it at home.
- Small binder with clear cover and 5.5in x 8.5in high quality paper
- Large binder with clear cover and 8.5in x 11in high quality paper
- Arc rings for alternative paper sizes, arc hole-punch and 8.5in x 14in high quality paper
- Paper cutter
- Adjustable hole puncher in case you don’t have access to one
- Sticky tabs to help flip between months easily
- My favorite pens: PaperMate, Uniball, Stabilo
- Storage pouch for stickers etc.
Please note, the duplication of this file or any of its parts is strictly prohibited. My planner is free for personal use only. If you’d like to share it, link to this post and not the actual file to make sure you always have access to the latest version of it. Thanks and I hope you’ll love this planner! Can’t wait to hear some of your feedback and suggestions for my 2019 planner! Show me your planner with hashtag #SannipanniPlanner
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