The One Printable I Can’t Function Without (FREE Daily Planner!)

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Are you ready to plan some new things in your life for the upcoming year? Are you ready for a new way to stay organized? Would you like to print a daily printable planner that has everything you need? This article will help you make your own custom planner very quickly and easily.

Note: we’ve UPDATED this post with a new version customized for the current year! If you’re looking for a free printable daily planner, then you will LOVE our free printable 2021 planning system— 17 pages of printable calendars and planning pages you can get for free. The best part is you print only what you need. Get the updated 2021 printable daily planner here!

Daily planner on wooden counter with mug and pen

It’s no secret I love to be organized, but in a sea of fancy (and expensive) planners it took awhile for me to finally find a system that worked for my lifestyle; and let me tell you, it’s SO much simpler than I expected. For about a year, I’ve been using a printable daily planner that has become so ingrained into my life I’m not sure I could function without it. Well… perhaps I’d function, but not well, and certainly I wouldn’t know where I was supposed to be or what I should be doing. Using a free printable planner for each day of the workweek took almost all the stress away and gave me the organization I craved; plus I found that scheduling my days with intention actually created blocks of ‘extra’ time in my time! This free planner has spaces for your the date, daily schedule, 5 main goals, meal planning, to-do list, notes, and a water tracker (gotta stay healthy, you little planning machine, you!)

Each Sunday night, I print 5 copies of the free printable daily planner and staple them together. If you have really busy weekends, go ahead and print 7 copies if needed for the entire week. When we were moving, I certainly needed ones for the weekends!

Today's Plan planner on wooden counter with pen

Then, fill out the timeslots you have appointments or commitments. I automatically write down school drop-off/ pickup times and then fill in appointments, meetings and sports schedules. Look for large blocks of time, and that’s when you can pencil in large tasks. As a blogger, I block schedule those chunks for tasks such as projects, making recipes, editing photos, taking photos, writing posts, working with brands, etc. I also pencil in my cleaning tasks so I don’t skip those accidentally on purpose.

TIP: Don’t forget to factor in time for traveling to each place. I’m way more on time now when I pre-plan when I need to leave the house to get various places.

Today's plan page on wooden counter

It’s easy to get mired down in a long to-do list, but as I’ve learned in this life-changing book, you have to narrow down your goals and ‘eat’ the ugliest one first. Each day, I write down the 5 main goals I must accomplish that day. No more, no less. Sometimes ‘shower’ is a goal. Sometimes ‘drink wine’ is a goal. Usually I have 5 solid business related goals, but on days you don’t, it’s okay to put ‘take nap’ as a goal. Find the 5 things that will bring you the most joy once they are done– even if that ‘joy’ is simply the feeling of having the weight of a non-preferred task done.

Next comes the meal planning. This is SO KEY. No longer do I wait until 6PM rolls around and then call in a Hail Mary pizza order. I’ve reduced the amount of food we waste and tracking what I plan to cook means I’m making simple meals on busy days and saving the more time intensive ones for nights we are home.

And by ‘time intensive’, I’m talking tacos, people. My filet mignon days are on the back burner for now.

Printable daily planner filled in on wooden counter

Now for the to-do’s. These are the little things that pop up each day. Your main focus is your goals, but in each day there may be emails to send or calls to make, non-essential errands to run. If those aren’t part of your goals for that day, add them to the ‘to-do’ list. If they can be done later in the week, add them to a goal later in the week or the to-do list down the road. Basically, these are things that can be done with all the free time you’ve created by tracking your schedule and slaying those goals!

Looking for more ideas to organize your home and life? Check out more free organization printables to keep life organized with our helpful weekly planner with meal planning section, our wildly helpful free printable moving kit, plus our popular whole-home decluttering checklist


daily planning page

I’m sure many of you are in the same shoes– juggling work, kids, sports, friends, travel (yours or a spouses), daily chores– it’s enough to keep me up at night wondering who I’d let down, and how, and when. THIS WILL SOLVE THAT.

Slay your day, baby, slay!

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printable planner on wooden counter

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  1. Heck YES! This is perfect! I’ve found such an increase in my productivity when I write 3 work goals on a sticky note each morning. This is so much more sophisticated, and pretty 🙂

    Is there any chance you’ll do a weekly printable? I’ve been trying to find something for my wall — for coordinating meal-planning, kids’ activities and work late (or early) days — but I have been coming up short.

    1. It’s funny you say that, I’ve been thinking of doing a weekly one as well. Weekly goals, week’s meal plan, etc. Give me a few days and I’ll try to make it happen!

    1. It is, haha! I was going to text you today that I had scheduled a very important Rose tasting meeting. 😉

  2. Thanks for this! One question; could you make one were the bottom is all notes, no meal plan. Again thanks!

  3. Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. I wish I were clever enough to create these too!

  4. Thank you! This is the greatest daily organizer. You are really on to something here – I am hooked. If you decided to make a yearly planner with month and/or week pages with the added bonus of this cuteness, I would buy with glee!

  5. OMG FINALLY!! This is EXACTLY what I”ve been looking for…ok almost; I’d actually like a literal 1 yr planner with this page as all 365 pages to put in my purse!! This is wonderful because I like to date my own things (LOL helps me remember what day it is), I like that it has a spot for appointments, goals, dinner, notes….Thank you for posting!!!

  6. Hi there! This is just about perfect for me, but was hoping it would begin at 4 and run until 9. Is there an editable version? Are you able to edit and send me that version? I’m happy to pay!

  7. Hi, Carrie! Thank you so much for this printable. I have been living off of these the last couple weeks!! So helpful!

    I do want to point out, though, that for noon you have 12AM 🙂

    1. These were my thoughts exactly when I printed these! Love it but I can’t get past the fact that it says 12am instead of 12pm!

  8. I LOVE your printable design! Do you by any chance, have the same designs (daily, weekly) in an A5 size for mini binders?

  9. I love your Lemonade planner for 2022. Is there anyway that a half page option could be developed?

  10. Could the 2022 planner be modified to be landscape format? I need it to fit into a smaller notebook.

    1. I’m so sorry, but the design can’t be modified at this time. I’ll take that into consideration for our planner next year!

  11. Thank you – this is so very helpful! Only one tweak I see… middle time box should read 12 PM, vs. 12 AM. High school English teacher here…
    Thanks again. <3

    1. Inside our Printables Vault, you can access previous yearly calendars with different styles of daily planning sheets. Speaking of planners, something BIG is coming, so stay tuned via email over the next few weeks! 😉

      – Spring at Making Lemonade Blog

    2. I would LOOOOOVE to do this! It’s been on my wish list for years. I’m hoping I can make it work for next year, I have high standards so finding a printer to match the quality we expect has been a challenge. I’ll keep you posted!

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