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Organization. It’s just not in my DNA. Attribute it to whatever you will – the fact that I’m the youngest of 6 children, or the idea that I’m the “creative type.” Whatever the reason, I just can’t seem to ever get-it-all-together and keep it that way. Rather, it doesn’t come naturally to me. I don’t get a buzz buying boxes, baskets, and bins, and I despise label makers.

Still, even someone like me can appreciate the need to be organized, and so I do work hard at it. Particularly when it comes to organizing my time. Particularly when my time is divided between my full-time job and my life at home, which includes caring for my family and running this – ye ol’ blog.

So I was more than keen to be a beta tester for my friend Cara’s Practically Perfect Planners class, and I’m so happy I did. After working through the class materials and thinking through my process, I decided to create my own, simple but useful blog planner. Today I’d love to show you what I’m working with. P1160487

I started with a 3-ring binder in my favorite blue. I’m fairly sure I got it at Wal-Mart a few years ago for school, but I snagged it for this project.

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One of the elements I wanted to include was a yearly setup so I can quickly see what long-term goals I’ve set and where I am in progression toward those goals.P1160490

I also wanted a page for monthly goals. I got both these printables from the Living Well Spending Less website.P1160491Rather than individual weekly pages, I decided a two-page monthly spread would be just what the doctor ordered. I printed these from No-Frills Calendar and made washi tape dividers for each month.

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I also like to track different scrapbooking challenges around the web, so I created a page for those. Finally, I added a few sheets of loose-leaf paper in between months for any note-taking I might need to do.P1160493There are lots of other pages in the back of the planner. There’s a log-in tracker, a page for website analytics, and several pages for blog post ideas.

In the process of putting it all together, I downloaded several versions of pre-made blog planners, but I wound up picking and choosing from different ones to get exactly what I wanted. All in all, I’m very happy with the planner I’ve put together. It took a little bit of thought (printing pages front and back just the way I wanted them, deciding on the order of the contents), but in the end it’s very functional and easy to use. For someone like me, that’s a must!

I hope you got a kick out of this peek behind the scenes. If you’re on the Make it Monday blog tour, your next stop is Alice, who’s showing you how to put your office supplies to work in your scrapbooks. Hop on over to Scrapbook Wonderland and see what she’s got in store!

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