2014 LIFE Planner for Back to School with Office Depot

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I've always joked that the reason I wanted to become a teacher was because it's an excuse to constantly buy new school supplies. Growing up back to school shopping was one of my favorite parts of the year (only behind the holidays and the last day of school!) Now, I still get giddy whenever I see the displays of pens, notebooks and organizational goodies start to go up in the stores.

Last week Travis and I headed to Office Depot to pick up a few things and I decided to create a life planner. Every year I buy a small planner to write down important dates, appointments, etc. I hate having to buy a new one every year and, despite my best efforts searching, I have never found one truly  perfect for my needs. So, after 10+ years of obsessively using planners I had the 'lightbulb' moment of making one myself! Now, I can customize it and reuse it ever year.

PlannerWith the Fall semester starting this week it's imperative I stay organized if I want to successfully juggle teaching, blogging, writing, and training for a marathon. It can be very easy for things to slip through the cracks if I'm not careful.

The first things I picked up were some new pens and sharpies to replenish my stock from last year. No, I don't actually use red pen when I grade papers! I am super picky about the pens I use every day and the uni-ball ones are the best I've tried.  IMG_7809I divided my planner into the following categories: School, blog, fitness, finances, projects, and freelance work. A list of all the printables I used (all free!) can be found at the bottom of the post.

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I highlight anything that's on the test on my notes so when I'm lecturing I'm 100% certain we discuss it. That way students can't complain that "we didn't go over that in class!" IMG_7867

This is my weekly tasks for the blog. I will add to it every morning as things come up that need to be done, but this is a pretty standard list of items I do almost daily.

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I keep an editorial calendar (blank calendar I fill in with blog posts ideas for the month) and I try to make sure each week is an even distribution of personal/life posts, psychology, news or sponsored posts.

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This may be my favorite page. Go figure.IMG_7873

I've got a lot of big financial goals I'd like to reach by the end of 2014 (basically saving a ton of money!) so I'm going to be very careful with my finances these next few months. IMG_7874I love this vision and goal worksheet. I need to spend some time really thinking about what I'd like to put on there, but I think keeping it in a place I can see it daily will help keep me focused on doing things that will bring me closer to my goals. IMG_7876

I saw this kitten folder and had to grab it. I mean, come on. IMG_7877

List of FREE printables I used:

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If your wanting to geek out like me and start working on your own life planner head to Office Depot (make sure to sign up for Office Depot rewards!) to take advantage of some of these great deals (while supplies last)!

  • Save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch)
  • Weekly savings from (Aug 17-23): All Sharpie Singles are $.25

Do you keep a planner? What other categories would you add?