Use this free printable life planning binder to set goals, establish new habits, make to-do lists, and create detailed plans for your months, weeks, and days. Get ready to increase your productivity and accomplish more!
We always have the best intentions of making the most of our time, but too often, we get distracted, lose focus, and our hours and days slip away from us, without making much progress on our biggest goals.
To use our time more wisely then, it helps to have a plan. When we have a plan for what we want to accomplish, we’re more likely to make it happen.
We created our Life Planning Binder to help people set goals, establish healthy habits, and plan their days, weeks, and months so they can make tons of progress on the things that are most important to them.
You can snag it below!
What is a Life Planning Binder?
A life planning binder is a series of planning pages– often housed in a three-ring binder– that helps people set both long-term and short-term goals and plan out the action steps they’ll take to reach those goals.
We’ve purposely included several types of planning printables in each category with the hope that everyone will be able to find a sheet that makes logical sense with the way their brain works. When we have a plan that makes sense to us, we’ll be more likely to follow through with action steps.
Why Productivity Printables Are Helpful
Rather than just hoping that our big goals will happen “someday,” productivity printables help us to be proactive about creating a solid plan to work toward the things we want to achieve.
They help us dictate how we spend our time, rather than getting the end of the day, week, month, or even year and realizing that we haven’t made much progress on our goals at all.
Productivity printables can act as accountability to help us form new healthy habits and make the most of every day.
Life Planning Binder Supplies
Tools You’ll Need to Assemble an Organized Life Planning Binder
What should be in a Life Planning Binder?
Everyone’s Life Planning Binder will be different based on their own needs, goals, and personal preferences. You can use as many or as few of the printables as will be helpful for you.
The sections we’ve included in the Life Planning Binder are as follows (Click on the links below to be taken to that section.):
- Printable Binder Covers + Section Covers
- Goal Setting Printables
- Habit Tracking Printables
- Monthly Planning Printables
- Weekly Planning Printables
- Daily Planning Printables
- To-Do Lists
Life Planning Binder with Free Printables
The easiest way to download all of the printables in the Life Planning Binder (in two cute color schemes!) in one place is to request your copy by clicking on the button below.
Ready to take a look at everything that’s included in our free printable Life Planning Binder? Let’s do it!
Free Printable Binder Covers
Every binder needs a cute cover, right?! And we can do even better than that– the Life Planning Binder has TWO cute covers!
Every cover and printable in the binder comes in two color schemes– a pink/purple color scheme and a blue/green color scheme. You can choose the one that best fits your personality, project, or mood! (Or even use pages from both!)
Throughout this post, we will be showing various printables in only one of the color schemes, but note that when you request your free printable Life Planning Binder, you will automatically receive each printable in both color schemes!
Goal Setting Printables
The first section of the Life Planning Binder is the goal setting section, and it’s first on purpose. Everything else we do– the habits we create, the way we spend our time, the items that we put on our to-do list– should be a reflection of the goals we’re working toward.
Because we realize that goal setting is so important, we’ve included several different goal setting printables for you to choose from.
For each section of the binder, we have a printable cover page so you can keep everything nice and organized.
Set Yearly Goals by Category
Our first goal-setting printable is broken down by category. We’ve included two pages with categories already listed, as well as a third page that’s blank so you can add categories that may be specific to you.
Just because there are a bunch of different categories included, doesn’t mean you have to set goals in every one. In fact, that would probably be pretty overwhelming! Instead, pick the areas that are most important to you and focus your efforts there.
Break Down Big Goals
We can set all the goals we want, but if we don’t have a plan of action to go along with it, we’ll never get anywhere!
Our second goal setting worksheet helps us to take a big goal and break it down into manageable action steps so we can start taking small steps toward the larger things we want to achieve.
Along with writing down our action steps, there’s room on this page to define our “why,” make an accountability plan, set a deadline, and write down a reward we’ll get once we achieve our goal.
Make Sure You’re Setting Smart Goals
We always hear that we’re supposed to be setting “SMART” goals. These are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
This printable helps us think through each step of the “SMART” framework so we can be sure that our goal meets all of the necessary criteria.
Using this sheet will help us improve our final goal, giving us a clearer picture of what we’re working toward.
Set Long-Term Goals
When we have BIG goals, they’re often things that will take us a long period of time, working consistently to achieve them.
This printable helps us take that great big long-term goal and make a plan for what we’ll do this year, each month, each week, and each day in order to make strides toward achieving it.
Track Your Goals
Sometimes it can be really motivating to track our goals and have a visual picture of how far we’ve come.
This goal tracker printable helps us mark off 5% of our goal at a time. As we get closer and closer to achieving our goal, the tube keeps filling and filling, getting us excited to keep pushing to the end.
Related: Set Goals as a Family
Habit Tracking Printables
The next section of the Life Planning Binder has several habit tracking printable options. You can choose whether you want to track one habit at a time or several. But either way, there is a printable for you!
We will be much more likely to reach our goals if we turn our action steps into habits. For example, we will have a better chance of reaching our goal of completing a marathon if running a several times per week becomes a habit in our life.
Like every section in the binder, this one starts with a cute cover page…
Tracking Individual Habits
Our first habit tracking printable is meant to track up to eight habits throughout a single month. (Though don’t feel like you have to fill in all eight!)
There’s space to circle the current month at the top. Then you can write your habits in the boxes and cross out each day that you complete them.
Habit Tracker Chart
Our habit tracker chart is great for people who want to track a lot of goals at the same time!
If you get joy out of marking off your habits, you can add simple things like brushing your teeth, making your lunch, or taking your vitamins. Sometimes these small wins can help motivate us to push harder on our more difficult habits as well!
Habit Tracker Calendars
This next habit tracker has room to manage four habits at a time. Simply write the habit you’re working on in the box at the top and fill in a circle each time you complete the habit.
Circular Habit Tracker
Sometimes it helps to change up the way we look at our habits, and this circular habit tracker is a fun way to do that.
We can write our habits on the longer curved lines in the upper left quadrant, and then mark off the spaces around the circle as we complete our habits each day. You could even use different color pens or markers to check off the habits and create a piece of art while you’re at it!
Tracking One Habit for a Year
If there is a singular habit that you’re working toward this year, this yearly habit tracker will be perfect for you.
Write the habit that you’re working on at the top. Then there is a space to check off for each day you complete that habit during the year. It will be fun to look back and see how far you’ve come over the last 12 months!
Related: My Daily Routines Chart
Monthly Planning Printables
After the goals and habits sections, we move into monthly planning! Monthly calendars can be so helpful for giving a general overview of what we’re trying to accomplish in the next 30 days. We’ve included several options below (and have linked to even more).
As always, a pretty cover page kicks off this section of the binder.
Undated Monthly Calendar in Portrait Orientation, Sunday Start
We can use calendars to plan so many things– from our schedule to kids’ activities to our meal plan and more.
This undated calendar can be used for any year and has a Sunday start to the week, which is most typical in the United States.
Undated Monthly Calendar in Portrait Orientation, Monday Start
If you’re outside the United States, a Monday start to the week may be more common, and we’ve got you covered! You may also prefer a calendar with a Monday start if you are using it for a school or work-related project.
This calendar is also undated so it can be used for any year.
Perpetual Monthly Calendar Printables
Perpetual calendars are great for keeping a log of activities or making a plan for future activities. We like them for meal planning, tracking workouts, creating a reading log, and more.
As with all of our printables, our perpetual calendars come in two cute color schemes so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.
Weekly Planning Printables
Sometimes it’s helpful to be able to plan for a week at a time so we can make sure we save time for all the things we want to accomplish.
As with our other categories of printables, we’ve provided several different weekly planning options so you can choose the one that best meets your needs.
Of course, we’ve included a cover for the weekly planning section of the Life Planning Binder.
One-Page Weekly Plan
Our first weekly planning printable lets you see your entire week on one page. It’s really simple and is great for making lists or brainstorming ideas.
Weekly Plan with Habit Tracker and Meal Planning
If you prefer a more structured weekly planning printable, this one may be a better fit for you.
Along with space to plan for each day, it includes specific spots for noting your priorities for the week, keeping track of habits, and creating your meal plan.
Related: Free Printable Grocery List
Weekly Plan with To-Do List
Sometimes we like to make our to-do list and then assign each task to a specific day of the week. This printable is perfect for that.
We can brainstorm our to-dos on the left side of the sheet, and then use the right side of the sheet to plan out what we’ll work on each day.
Two-Page Weekly Plan
Some of us like a lot of space for planning, so we’re sharing some two-page weekly spreads as well!
Along with space for planning out each day, this printable includes a habit tracker so you can work on your top three habits for the week.
Two-Page Weekly Plan with Time Blocking
We are huge fans of time blocking around here, so this two-page weekly printable incorporates that strategy.
We recommend using the boxes at the top of each day to write down your to-dos. Then, assign those to-dos to a specific time of day so you stay on track and don’t get distracted.
This two-page spread also has space to note your priorities for the week at the top.
Daily Planning Printables
We couldn’t create a Life Planning Binder without pages for planning our days! This section of the binder has several options for daily planning. We hope you will find one that you love.
The daily planning section of the binder also comes with its own section cover.
Daily Plan with To-Do List and Schedule
Our first daily planning printable includes a to-do list and room for time blocking. Simply write the date at the top, jot down all of your to-dos, and then schedule each item for a specific time slot during the say so you stay on track.
Daily Plan by Category (Blank)
Sometimes it helps us to plan our days by category. These categories could include things like:
- People to contact
- Things to buy
- Things to make
- Tasks to complete
- Places to go
The sky is the limit! You can customize this printable to include whichever categories would be most helpful in your day.
Daily Plan with Priorities, Time Blocking, and Categories
Our next daily planning printable starts with a spot to note our top priorities for the day. There’s room in the middle for time blocking our schedule. And then at the bottom, there is space to plan out some of our to-dos by category so we don’t miss a thing.
Daily Plan by Category (Set)
If you like more structured categories for your day, this printable has them all filled in for you!
Along with your to-dos, you can also write down the people you want to contact, places you’d like to go, things you’d like to buy, areas you need to clean, meals you plan to eat, and more.
Daily Plan with To-Do List, Time Blocking, and Meal Plan
Our final daily planning page includes space for determining our priorities for the day and room for a to-do list. There is a column for time blocking our schedule.
We can also plan our meals for the day and track water intake. Finally, there is room for any additional notes we may want to take throughout the day.
To-Do List Printables
The last section of our Life Planning Binder has a bunch of to-do list printables! Maybe we don’t want to attach our to-dos to a specific day, week, or month but would just rather keep a running list of tasks. These printable pages are perfect for that.
As always, this section starts with a pretty cover page.
Single Column To-Do List
We’re starting with our simplest to-do list. This list is just a single column for writing our tasks and checkboxes for marking them off when they’re complete. (The best part!)
Two-Column To-Do List
If you have a lot of tasks to complete or just prefer a two-column to-do list, we’ve got you covered!
Brainstorm tasks to your heart’s content, and check them off whenever you’ve completed them.
To-Do List by Category
If it’s helpful to break down your to-do list by category, this sheet was created with you in mind! We’ve left the categories blank so you can fill in the areas that would make the most sense for you.
The categories can be things like kids, personal, work, hobbies, books to read, movies to watch, projects to complete, etc.
To-Do List by Due Date
It can often help to prioritize our tasks so we know what we should work on first.
This printable has space to note what we should be working on immediately, what to work on tomorrow, what we should finish by the end of the week, and we can hold off on until next week.
Eisenhower Matrix To-Do List
If you’ve never seen the Eisenhower matrix before, it helps us sort our tasks by urgency and importance.
In the top left quadrant, we list any tasks that are both urgent and important. These are the tasks we want to do first.
In the top right quadrant, we’ll add tasks that are important, but less urgent. These are things we’ll want to add to our schedule to make sure we complete them.
The lower left quadrant is for items that are urgent, but not important. We should try to delegate as many of these tasks as possible to free up our time.
And finally, the lower right quadrant holds tasks that are neither urgent nor important. We should consider removing these items from our to-do list altogether.
The Eisenhower Matrix is a great way to help determine our priorities and spend our time on what’s most important.
Life Planning Binder: Final Thoughts
How we spend our time matters! We only get one life, and we want to spend it to the fullest.
We hope these planning printables will help you get organized and make the most of your time so you can achieve your biggest goals. You’ve got this!
Life Planning Binder: Frequently Asked Questions
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