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It’s been five years now since I first decided to create my own planner using the Arc disc bound notebook system. I had a hunch that I would like making my own planner and that’s certainly proved to be true. This has finally been a simple system that I’ve been able to stick with primarily because the disc bound systems give you the flexibility to take pages in and out at any time as needed. It’s the perfect solution for people like me with planner commitment issues!
And for these past five years that I’ve been making my own printable planner pages, I’ve also been sharing them here as free printable planner pdfs because I know lots of you are looking for a way to print your own planner pages too and it makes me happy to be able to help.
This year I once again have two color options. There’s a colorful rainbow option, or a very basic blue and gray option. There’s not much middle ground this year – all the colors or not much color. 🙂
The list of available sizes and styles continues to grow too as each year I add a few more things that I’m using or that others have requested. Here’s a quick look at some of the new items:
A Weekly Focus Page
This is a new style I came up with for myself that I’ve been using for several months now and have found very helpful. One side of the page has a familiar weekly layout, but the other half of the page has blank boxes where I can make lists and jot down notes for different areas that I need to focus on. I’ve created the Focus Page with fillable fields in the pdf at the top of each box so that you can customize your page and type in the category names that you want. The four categories I use for myself and that are pictured below are Home (household chores I’m hoping to get done during the week), Blog (various work tasks I need to do), Healthy Eating (recipes I hope to try during the week), and Errands. This method has helped me to keep track of things I hope to accomplish during the week, without scheduling them on any certain day.
A Daily Planning Page
In addition to the weekly and monthly pages I’ve been providing, I’ve also had requests for some kind of a daily page. So this year I’ve added a new Daily Plans page in both the half size and the full size. It begins with an area where you can list your top three priorities for the day, followed by areas for Places to Be and Things to Do, and finally wrapping up with an area for Daily Gratitude because every day goes a little better if we remember to be thankful!
A Monthly Page and Notes Page for Compact Size
I’ve only ever had just one weekly option for the smallest of the Arc notebooks. However someone shared with me that these little books fit very nicely in backpacks and could I please make just a few more options? So this year I’ve added a new notes page and a blank monthly page for the little compact books, as well as a 12 month calendar.
How To Make Your Own Planner
For detailed info on the tools I use and how I make my own planner you can visit my Planner Resource Page. Here also is a quick overview:
I use the Junior Size Arc Notebook that has 8 discs
I like to print my pages on the heavier 32 Lb paper
I use my paper trimmer to neatly cut my pages in half so they fit the junior size notebook
I then punch my pages using my portable size Arc punch
The three size options available for printing are:
Half Size – These are designed to be printed on 8.5×11 paper and then cut down the middle and punched at the outside edges (which then become the new inside edges) so that they fit into the junior size notebooks with 8 discs. This size continues to be my favorite.
Full Size – These are designed to be printed on 8.5×11 paper, and the complete sheet is used without cutting. They will fit in the larger letter size Arc notebooks with 12 discs or in a standard 3 ring binder.
Compact Size – These are designed to be printed on 8.5×11 paper and then cut into fours (cut down the middle both length-wise and width-wise). These will fit in the compact size Arc notebooks with 5 discs.
The two color options for 2021 available for printing are:
Rainbow – A bright and colorful option, especially if you like the organized ROYGBIV way of looking at color.
Blue – A simple and basic blue and gray format that’s business and guy-friendly.
A reminder about printing: When printing the pdf’s be sure to select “Actual Size” or “100%” in your pdf program so that no extra white space is added around the edges. For the half size sheets, you will also have to select the “Landscape” orientation.
The Free Printable Planner Page List For 2021
Here now is the complete list of printable planner page options for 2021 which include weekly, monthly, daily, and year-at-a-glance.
Vertical Weekly Planner Page Options:
The vertical weekly options are designed with columns that are perfect for writing lists. The small boxes at the top of the columns are for writing in the dates for each week.
Horizontal Weekly Planner Page Options:
The horizontal layout is a nice choice if you like to write longer sentences of text in your planner as opposed to a list format. One of the full size options is pictured below.
Daily Planner Page Option:
For those that like to have a dedicated place for a daily plan, this new option has been added. Because this is an undated sheet, it’s also been added to the Planner Resource Page.
Monthly Planner Page Options
In addition to making weekly plans, it’s handy to have a monthly point of reference too. I’ve got options for blank months where you can fill in the dates as needed for any month you choose, as well as monthly options completely filled out for the 12 months of the year. The 12 month options can be printed back-to-back and used as a group, or cut apart and punched on either side to insert wherever it’s needed in your notebook. For some of these sizes the 12 month groups look like they are in some crazy random order, but when printed back-to-back and then cut apart, things will flow perfectly!
Beginning Pages for Planner
These pages can be printed back to back and used as a group at the beginning of your planner. Included are a cover page, a list of U.S. Holidays, and a year-at-a-glance page. These are currently only available in the half size.
Undated Extra Pages
Over the years I’ve had requests for other various helpful pages to insert into planners. Because these are usually undated pages that don’t change from year to year, I add them to my Planner Resource Page. Here’s a list of the pages you’ll find over there:
- Notes Page
- Shopping List
- To-Do List
- Meal Plan
- Class Assignment
- Arc Copycat Weekly Layout
- Undated styles from previous years
Well you’ve made it to the end of the list! I hope you’ve found a style or layout that fits your lifestyle and that you’ll be able to make your own planner too.