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If you like writing things down to keep yourself organized but don’t like paying the big price for a fancy planner, I’ve got an idea for you. Why not make your own planner? I’ll even help get you started with some free printable planner pages too!
The upcoming year 2023 will be the seventh year now 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.
How To Make Your Own Planner
When it’s time to put together my own planner, I always rely on my Arc disc bound notebook and I prefer the half size (junior size). Of course you could also use a 3-ring binder if that’s what you have on hand. These type of notebooks make it simple to take any pages in or out of your DIY planner during the year if you want to make changes.
Here’s a quick look at the supplies I like to use:
I use an 8 Disc Notebook (mine was the Arc brand)
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
(Note: this small punch is not always available – you can also try the larger Arc Punch or the Levenger Punch)
The layout that’s my favorite and that I use pretty exclusively now is the “Weekly Focus” layout. This planner page is spread over two pages with one page for writing in items specific to any given day of that week, and another page with four large empty boxes for capturing random thoughts for different areas of your life. I label my boxes Blog, Home, Healthy Eating, and Errands, but you can label yours with whatever is needed for your life using the fillable field on the free pdf. If you can relate to the feeling of having lots of random thoughts during a week that you’re hoping to remember, then this layout might be the answer for you too!
A Few Quick Planner Page Details
Browsing the list of printable planner pdf’s I have available below might also help you decide which size or style would work best for you. Here are a few of the planner page details to keep in mind as you browse the list:
Printable Planner Page Sizes: As in previous years, you’ll find three sizes of free printable planner pages (however not every style is available in every size).
Full Size (8.5”x11”),
Half Size (5.5”x8.5” after cutting), and
Compact Size (4.25”x5.5” after cutting)
Cutting the Smaller Pages: As mentioned above, the half size and compact size are printed on a full sheet of paper and then cut to size as follows:
Half Size: The pages are printed in landscape mode, cut down the middle, and then punched at the outer edges (which then become the new inner edges).
Compact size: These pages are printed in portrait mode and then cut in half both vertically and horizontally.
Available Page Layouts: You’ll find several different layouts to choose from below. A few highlights are:
Weekly page layouts in vertical or horizontal styles
Weekly Focus page with blank squares for capturing thoughts for the week
Monday start layouts or Sunday start layouts
Monthly page layouts
Daily planning Page
Cover page and Year-at-a-Glance
Several undated extra pages (shopping list, meal plan, etc.)
Also new this year is a “Student” layout that’s over 2 pages and has vertical columns with a Monday start week on one side, and a Notes page on the other side. There’s also a yearly school year calendar over two pages that goes from July 2022 to August 2023. These are currently only available in the half size.
Just one color option: In previous years I often made the free planner pages available in a couple of different colors, but this year I kept things a bit more simple and there is just one color available:
A basic, sturdy, all-purpose olive green that works for either guys or gals, or for business, home or school.
A reminder about printing: The links in the list below will open up a pdf for that style of page. Please keep the following in mind when 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 2023
Here now is the complete list of the free printable planner pages for 2023. When you click on any link, it will open a pdf of that planner page that you can download and print. Enjoy browsing the list and have fun making your own planners!
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.
Monthly Planning Page Options:
In addition to planning your day or your week, it can be helpful to see an entire month at a time as well. Here are a few monthly options to consider:
(Note the 12 month half size option looks like it is in some crazy random order, but this allows you to also print them back-to-back).
Cover Page and Year-at-a-Glance
Here are a couple of options that can be handy at the beginning of your planner:
Helpful Extra Pages for your DIY Planners
Here also are some additional free printable pages that are helpful to have in your disc bound notebook planners too. Unless otherwise noted, these are half size (junior) pages
More Helpful DIY Planner Info
- No Disc Bound Punch? Try this DIY Hack! (Includes DIY Bookmarks too!)
- Printing images on your DIY planner pages
- Making a “Getting Things Done” Planner
- DIY Disc Bound Planner Accessories