8 FREE Organizational Printables to Make More Time to Journal!
How long does it take you to sort through your list of passwords? I saw one guy’s password list written on his desk in permanent marker. I, myself, have over 90 online accounts, each with their own password. This includes everything from insurance and banking to Amazon and Etsy. Managing my online accounts has never been easier! Except for one thing, there is no possible way to remember all of those passwords and account numbers.
At one point, I had a kind of helter-skelter list as I started doing more online, but my husband was so lost that he asked me to please alphabetize them. It took some time, but I entered them all into an Xcel spreadsheet and sorted A-Z, then I printed out the pages. I’ve seen apps for this but I hate to share personal information with the owner of the app. The other reason I track my passwords this way is for my husband. It’s just easier.
You won’t be able to sort this form, but it can help if you don’t want to bother with Xcel, just print off 5 or 6, and group your passwords into alphabet blocks. Or use it to give yourself a starting point for your own Xcel list.
Monthly Bill Tracker
I’m a visual person. It really helps me to map out all of my bills and see where they land during the month, especially in relation to the paychecks.
It also serves as a reminder for all of those auto debits that come out of my account when I’m not looking.
Print it out and adapt it to your needs.pic of monthly bill tracker.
o First, on a scrap piece of paper, I list all of my chores.
o Second, I divide them into Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and semi-annual chores.
o Third, I block out time on my daily and weekend routine boxes when I will most likely be able to tackle those chores.
o Fourth, I try to stay flexible. Life rarely goes according to plan. Sometimes I’m lucky if I can grab a snippet of time. It helps to star the “have-to-dos” and get them over with first.
o Weekly chores like laundry can be listed in order of the day of the week, if you choose. Try to establish a routine. Chores are more likely to get done if you are consistent. Don’t be too hard on yourself if they don’t happen. For some, a routine is a luxury.
o Monthly chores are those things that only need to be done once a month. I try to do one a week in this category.
o Semi-Annual chores only need to be done every six months, like spring cleaning. I try to do one of these chores every week. That way, my monthly and semi-annual chores won’t pile up and I don’t feel so overwhelmed.
Do you ever waste time holding the refrigerator door open wondering what to make for dinner? The kids are hungry, the bread winner will be home soon wanting some amazing, yet thrifty meal…Oh,the stress. That’s the same time you’re trying to help someone finish their homework while listening to another someone read, etc., etc.
Here’s how to use these printables:
First, make a list of all your family’s favorite meals. Don’t bother listing meals the kids absolutely hate. It’s not worth your time and effort to see them waste the food anyway. Make sure your meals are nutritious, but tasty. If you haven’t got many recipes, email or Facebook some friends and do a recipe exchange. Avoid fast food. Those are for the rare emergency. There are a lot of meals you can make ahead of time and freeze–just Google it. I love using my crockpot for busy days. There are a lot of set-it and forget-it type recipes out there.
Next, print out 3 blank calendars and map out your meals. This helps you plan more variety instead eating chicken all week long. This also prevents repeating the same recipe too often. A 3-month rotation is about right for my family. With the one-month rotation my husband felt like, “we just had this.” Three months gives him time to forget. If you plan for leftovers you only need to plan half the meals.
Next, print out 5-6 pages of the Shopping list. List your menu items for one month at a time. It may take 2-3 pages depending on how many different meals you have on your calendar. Under each menu item list the ingredients you have to buy special for that dish, don’t bother listing staple items. Keep each list behind the calendar they go with so your shopping list is easier to find.
Copy your master Shopping list and mark the items needed for your next shopping trip. If your list is sparse, write it down into one easy-to-read list.
This takes some time initially to make your list with all of the ingredients, but it takes hours off the menu planning and shopping list later.
Birthday Milestones and Gift List
Have you ever missed a milestone or any birthday? When my kids were little we only had to keep track of the 7 birthdays of our immediate family. As they all married and had children, 7 turned into 30. What a delightful problem to have, right?
I have a pretty good memory, and I’ve added these dates to many calendars over the years, but I started to forget how old each grandchild was and in what year they were born.
Yikes! What if I miss a milestone birthday? I like being prepared ahead of time for the milestones. We celebrate every birthday, but we have traditions at certain birthdays, like baptisms, ordinations, acceptance to Hogwart’s, etc.
On the Birthday Milestones page, I write the name and birthdate complete with the year, then add their age in every year column. Then I highlight the milestones. That way I know how many milestones to prepare for in that year.
On the Gift List page, I include the ages to remind me to find age-appropriate gifts as well as the milestone gifts. On this page, I list all of the birthdays in order of the month they fall in, kind of like a perpetual calendar.
I list the birthdays in order and leave a couple of blanks in each month for additions to our family. I think we are done having new grandbabies but I have room for surprises.
You can also use the gift list page for Christmas. It’s never too soon to plan.
Give it a try and see if it helps you.
Social contacts tracker
Do you ever wonder how long it’s been since you’ve heard from a family member or a friend who doesn’t do Social Media? This printable is designed to track those hard-to-reach people in your life. It comes in two sizes. The tracker pictured is 8 x 11.
There is room to fill in contact information. X marks the box that is the easiest way to contact them. Frequency can be marked with
D = daily, W = weekly,
M = monthly, Q = quarterly
or Y = yearly.
The tracker allows you to mark how often that contact wants or needs to be contacted, then there are monthly boxes you can mark when you’ve contacted them last.
Printables to make Journaling easier
Make your own Dot Grid Paper
Recently, I went back to the 6-ring, A5 binder. I liked the disc binder system but it got to be such a pain to turn more than 2 pages at a time. I wanted a new source of inexpensive dot grid paper, so I made my own. Then I discovered that if I print the dot grid onto a higher quality paper, my markers won’t bleed through. Try 27 or 32-pound paper. Laser jet paper at that weight also has a smoother finish so your lettering brush tip pens don’t wear out as fast.
Sticker sheets for your Journal
I have a good friend who is interested in journaling, but afraid to start for fear of “making a mistake.”
First of all, there’s no such thing as mistakes, only experiments!
You have to explore and experiment. How else are you going to know what you like?
But, what if you had a little help?
Print what you need onto full sheet adhesive paper and cut out. OR, if you have a sticker maker, print out on regular paper, cut and run through your sticker maker.
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I hope these little printables will help free up more journaling time.