The Flexible Planner is a simple planner that bridges the gap between traditional planners and notebook journaling, giving you a place to plan the life you want instead of just letting the days go by. It’s delivered as PDF downloadable files that allows you the most flexibility for the money.
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I’m happy to announce that the 2020 version of the printable The Flexible Planner is now available! The newest edition has not only new covers, but also updated fonts, inspirational quotes pages, back covers, and new extras. Plus there’s an early bird bonus available until 12/20/19 – an announcement I’m really excited about!
After working for years testing and creating this planner, and then seeing how it’s being used and enjoyed has been so rewarding for me. It seems to have fulfilled the desires we’ve all had for a planner to finally be ‘the one.’
I believe it’s because it’s so easy to make it your own, while still providing a basic framework to work from.
Here’s how just a few people feel about The Flexible Planner:
I started using the Bullet Journal last year and found it very helpful. But your Flexible Planner is a definite improvement. I love having the printable pages ready to go so I don’t have to get out the ruler and create the monthly grids. And there’s plenty of room available to write in all my daily tasks. Plus I find using a binder with tabs is much handier. You’ve come up with a great product. Thank you for making my life easier. -Terri
All in all, I’d say that the concept of the Flexible Planner is a really nice way to take the things I like about bullet journaling (the ability to set up my calendar the way I need/want, lists to organize information, and pages to journal on) with the things I like about a standard calendar planner–namely, a monthly calendar and a pre-set design that allows me to spend more time writing/planning than setting up every week. -Lena
I really love this planner and I have used a lot! It gives me so much room to write everything…from our meal plan to events…homeschool tasks and general to do stuff. I was looking at planners while shopping for school supplies and none of them really compare to what you have designed in the Flexible Planner. -Debbie
-BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for 2020-
If you’re one of the many people who have asked about buying a version of The Flexible Planner that is already printed and bound for you, I’m happy to announce that this is in the works for 2020!!
It is taking longer to get this option ready and so I’m launching the 2020 printable planner now and will hopefully be able to launch the new bound and printed planner in the next few weeks.
What will the bound and printed planner look like?
It will be coil bound and have the wreath cover (we had to choose and this was my favorite this year) and back cover. The covers will be soft, not hardboard, but still thicker and durable. There will be tabs for the months and we’ve included a full set of dot-grid pages in the lists section for all your planning.
How much will it cost?
It will be more than the printable version here, that’s for sure. There’s not only printing costs but also shipping costs to take into account. I’m going to do my best to keep it as low as possible, but I do see it in the $25-$30 range (that includes shipping). If this is too much for you, you will definitely want to go the DIY route with the printable planner version.
UPDATE: The Printed Planner is Available! Head to The Flexible Planner page to learn more!!
Just want the PDF printable version for 2020?
If you know you’re ready for a new planner that you can download, print out and start using right away, head straight to The Flexible Planner page here to see the new cover designs, the pages included, and to purchase.
Have you purchased and used the planner?
If you’re a Flexible Planner user, I’d love it if you would share your thoughts with me! It would also be wonderful if you shared with your friends on social media – just tag me @anoregoncottage on both Facebook and Instagram to let me know and simply pin the images here or on the Flexible Planner page on Pinterest!
If you’re just finding out about the planner, read on for a little background on how The Flexible Planner came to be and what it may do for you:
Why create a planner?
In order to do all the things I want – and believe are important – to live a simple handmade life, I need to make good use of the time I’ve been given.
Over the years I have shared my goals, talked about menu planning and how important it became for my sanity, how to make time for cooking, and even my top 5 time management strategies. Yet I struggled to find a planner to help me.
I mentioned in this goals recap that the reason I’m passionate about at least some planning is to guard against just letting life happen to you. I want all of us to be able to look back at the last year – and last 5 years – and see progress towards our priorities.
We become subject to the tyranny of the urgent and immediate (our kid’s school, our spouse’s needs, the boss’s requests, the laundry, what’s for dinner…) when we live only in the moment.
There are definitely times to live in the moment – we all need balance, for sure – but we risk living our whole lives that way when we don’t think about where we’d like to be in the future.
If you’re a reader here, then you share my goals of wanting to find time to cook healthy, from scratch food (yes, there are easy recipes, but cutting vegetables takes time – and is worth it!). Time to serve the food in a relaxed setting to the people we love.
We may want to dig in the dirt to grow food and flowers or take time to read and feed our minds. To do something with our hands, whether it’s painting a room or crafting a Christmas ornament, and relish in that sense of accomplishment.
These are the things that feed our souls.
No matter what your list looks like, the one thing they all have in common is:
And it’s the ONE thing in this crazy world that we can control to some degree.
Taking the time to plan and make goals that we sometimes reach (and sometimes don’t), keeps us making progress forward. When we write things down, we can look back and see if our lives look a little more like we envisioned a year ago – or five years ago.
But that writing it down part! If you’re like me, you have tried so many planning systems over the years – and whatever stage of life, we never seemed to fit into the planners boxes.
It’s with this in mind that I started creating a new planner – one that was different, but not too different.
One that would adapt to different personalities and life stages with room to record hopes and dreams and to-dos as well as what gifts you gave at Christmas and what books you want to read.
The Flexible Planner
I named it The Flexible Planner because it’s a combination of traditional planner and the Bullet Journal® system, including a dot-grid background, blank pages, and a lists section with the all-important lists contents page to find your lists when you need them.
But with The Flexible Planner you do not need to recreate pages every week and you’ll find gentle prompts and space to guide you through setting and working on goals. There’s still plenty of blank space to create just what you need, but with just enough lines to make it easy on you.
Here’s a video of how I’m using the planner for my life:
Is this a physical planner that will be delivered in the mail?
No. The planner this year is available as a digital file of PDFs that you can print and use in any binder of your choice.
NOTE: If you are wanting a physical planner shipped to you, then be on the lookout for the announcement of the 2020 Printed Flexible Planner soon!
What is included in the PDF planner files?
When you purchase the planner, you will get:
- The DATED 2020 planner in TWO sizes (8.5 x 11 and half size 5.5 x 8.5).
- The UNDATED in both sizes as well so you can choose to start using it at any time!
- Your choice of three different beautiful covers.
- Monthly divider tabs in both sizes.
- Multi-page Fast Start Guide to aid you in setting it up and setting easy goals.
- Bonus Daily pages in both sizes.
- Bonus Habit Trackers in both sizes.
- Bonus Sunday start pages.
- And EARLY BIRD BONUS planner sticker printables if purchased before 12/20/19!
All this for just $15.00! CLICK HERE TO BUY
If you’d like to know more, including pictures and more details of all that’s included and how to buy it,
And please let me know what you think – if you do start using it, I’d love to hear what you think and how you’re using it!
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