Planning for Peace {free calendar and daily checklist printables}

The girls returned to school this week. The weather outside has been crazy cold. So I’ve just stayed inside, kept my fuzzy socks on my feet, and started thinking about getting myself and our home organized for this new year. I really want peace in our home this year. But when the clutter piles up, when the pace is too fast, when the laundry is overflowing and “to-do” lists run long…when we don’t take time to be still, to make space…there isn’t peace.

If I’m going to make space, I’m going to need to be intentional.

If I’m going to make space, I’m going to need to be consistent.

Practically, for me, this means I need to do a little planning ahead.

So I started with a calendar. I scoured Pinterest to try to find one like what I had pictured in my head…no such luck. But I did find this super cute one from The Ink Nest which I downloaded and printed:

minicalendarHere’s the link so you can grab your own: http://www.theinknest.com/whimsical-mini-calendar-2014-social-freebie/

That one is cute and I love the graphics, but I also needed a calendar that had more space for me to write on each day. I couldn’t find what I was really looking for, so I made my own! 🙂

And I’m sharing it with you:

2014 Calendar{Just click on the image above and it should take you to the entire PDF file with all 12 months. Save, Print, Share, Enjoy!}

I’m going to use the 4 lines at the top of each month to list out ideas for Family Nights. If we can do 4 family nights/days a month…at least one per week…then that’s at least 48 intentional, meaningful family experiences this year. Some months we may do more…some months may be crazy and we may do less. But we value intentional time together, so we need to be intentional about planning for it.

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I also made some daily lists to help me stay on track with tasks around the house. Like I mentioned in my last post, I don’t really like to clean. I am terrible about procrastinating little things and letting it pile up. This year I’m going to be more intentional in my job as a homemaker…I’m going to do a little every day so that the housework remains manageable. So I made some lists. I love lists…lists help me remain focused…and there’s just something about putting a little check in that little box beside a task…

I tried to keep it simple. Just a few things each day to keep me on track.

Here’s what my lists for Monday-Thursday look like:

Daily Lists_2014-1

I also made some blank templates…in case you would like to use it too:

Daily Lists_blank-1

Daily Lists_blank-2{Just click on the image above to download the PDF}

Take it, make it your own…you can list anything you want for each day. Just keep it simple, manageable, doable…even just two or three things done consistently every day can make a difference over time. I’m still learning this…still having to make myself remember this truth and allow it to sink deep: consistency over time has the power to influence…like drops of rain, small on their own, but added together over time can become a river. I don’t have to do everything all at once perfectly at the same time. Small, consistent investments – in my home, in my children, in my marriage, in my relationship with God, in anything – over time can make a huge difference.

Anyway…back to the lists…if you would like to customize these on your computer, feel free to save the image files for each page:

Monday-Thursday lists (Page 1)

Friday & Meal Planning lists (Page 2)

To customize your own lists, just insert the image into Word (or Photoshop or whatever word processing software you have). If you’re using Word, stretch the image out to cover the entire page, and then add text boxes on top of the image to add the text you want. Save your file to your computer, and then you can just print your lists every week without having to write out the same words over and over again. It may take a little time, but you can completely customize your lists that way.

Now…as much as I love a calendar and a schedule, and as much as I make lists and plan things out…I have to remind myself that this calendar is not the law, and I don’t want to become a slave to these lists. If something doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world. If I don’t check every box, it doesn’t mean I am a failure.

I am a recovering perfectionist, so this is big for me.

The lists and the calendars merely serve as a guide for me as I look ahead each week and plan for our family. I’ve found that if I don’t at least plan the main things out…if I don’t make space and time for what I value the most…then the urgent things tend to crowd out the important things, distractions suck up time, days get busy and before I know it I’m looking back at the end of a month and wondering where all the time went. (Been there, done that…way too many times)

So this year I’m planning for space. This year I’m making room for what is most important. This year I’m conquering the clutter, in my home and in my life, by being intentional and consistent. And I’m going to watch as peace invades as I make room for Christ…because even in the midst of the pace, and the calendar, and the checklists…He is Emmanuel…God with me.

 

***EDITED (01/28/14): I have created a new version of the Daily Checklists as an editable PDF file, so that you can just fill in your own daily to-do’s to save and/or print!  Just download the file below.  You will also need the font “Always In My Heart”, so here is the link to download that font for free: http://www.dafont.com/always-in-my-heart.font 

Editable PDF for the Daily Lists

(I’m still figuring out how to make these kinds of PDFs…so hopefully this will work the way it’s supposed to 😉  )

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32 thoughts on “Planning for Peace {free calendar and daily checklist printables}

  1. Angelia Morris July 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for all the goodies!!! I love them!!

  2. TractariAuto April 17, 2016 at 6:33 am Reply

    Mda, e bine de retinut.

  3. Shauna Bartlett February 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

    I would love to have the calendars you created to help keep our family organized – I love the idea of 4 family night ideas a month! When I click on the picture, I get a 404 error..Maybe I am doing something wrong? Hope you can help. 🙂 Love the daily checklists!!

  4. Cynthia DeVelvis February 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Hello! I loved your printables for chores, it was perfect and on point. You put a pdf for me to write on it on my own but there arent boxes. Do you mind putting a pdf of yours with what you wrote and I could just erase the names you put and a couple other chores I wanted to add?

  5. Diana Simova January 20, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

    Beautful! Thank you so much! ❤

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  7. Sabrina October 19, 2015 at 6:41 am Reply

    Merci beaucoup ! Ils sont très beaux ! ❤

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  9. SusuKo July 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing! They are wonderful!

  10. Myria June 6, 2015 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Thank you!

  11. magichollow2012 May 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Maybe a silly question, but do you know how to type in the little check box in the pdf editable version? Thanks!

    • Jennifer Tucker May 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Oh, it’s not a silly question at all! I’m still learning how to best make all these printables. 😉 It looks like there isn’t a way to type in the little check box when using the PDF version :-/ (I originally made it in Word and just inserted a square symbol to make the check boxes…but when I made the editable PDF I completely forgot to add the boxes as part of the background image…I’m so sorry about that!!!) I am going to try making another (much better) version of these lists soon (my computer crashed not too long ago and I lost the original files for this particular printable, so I can’t easily make an editable version with the check boxes unless I completely start over from scratch. I’m so sorry about that!! 😦 ) But I’ll make an updated version soon! Stay tuned! 🙂

  12. Stevie April 12, 2015 at 10:07 am Reply

    I just found these via pinterest!! LOVE!!! Thank you!

  13. Gayle March 4, 2015 at 1:45 am Reply

    I love these printables! I am a nurse going to graduate school full time and I have a passion for keeping my planner organized!! I downloaded your PDF and it is beautiful, I was wondering if there was a way to print them each as 8.5X11 pages? Thank you for sharing your work! 🙂 Gayle

    • Jennifer Tucker March 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Hi Gayle! I’m so glad you like the printables! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I’m thinking you are wanting each daily list on a separate 8.5×11 page? What a great idea! Unfortunately, I don’t currently have that option 😦 When I originally made these I was just making them for my own personal use around the house, and I just wanted a little almost post-it size list for each day (I didn’t want to go through so much paper and ink every week printing new lists)…but I have been thinking about updating all these files soon, and I will definitely consider including the option of larger, full-page size lists when I update these files!! I’m so sorry I do not have something that size to give you right now, but I’ll let you know when I have that option available! 🙂

  14. kelly polizzi January 28, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply

    I got them Jennifer and excited to use them! Thank you so so much 🙂

  15. kelly polizzi January 18, 2015 at 12:33 am Reply

    Hi Jennifer, I realize this is an old post of yours but I, somehow, managed to stumble upon it tonight and I’m so glad I did because I love these little checklists you shared! I was wondering if you could help me? I’d love to be able to fill them in just like you did (especially the chore lists) but don’t know how I might do it. I would so love to use these. Thank you so much!

    • Jennifer Tucker January 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Hi Kelly! I’m so glad you like the printables!! 🙂 When I made those last year I was still learning all the ins and outs of making different kinds of PDF files, but I had not yet figured out how to make them so people could fill in their own information. But…I think I can do that now, so let me play around with it and I will let you know if/when I am able to add a file here that you can fill in yourself and personalize! 🙂

    • kelly polizzi January 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      wow thank you so much jennifer, that would be so nice of you! i look forward to it! 🙂

    • Jennifer Tucker January 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Kelly, Just checking in here to let you know I have not forgotten about you! My daughter was sick with the flu for a week and I have not had the chance yet to sit down and work on any blog things…but I will work on that calendar this week and try to make an editable version for you! I just wanted you to know I’m still working on it and I haven’t forgotten 🙂 🙂

    • kelly polizzi January 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Oh you are so sweet. You don’t have to rush for me!

    • Jennifer Tucker January 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Ok, I think I was able to make that file so that you can download the PDF and then fill in all your own things on the lines (hopefully). I added the links (to both the PDF file and to the font you will need) to the bottom of the post. I hope that works and helps!! 🙂 🙂

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  17. The Balanced Life August 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Love your design! Would you ever think about making like a daily planner with like things to do, daily gratitude, appointments, etc?

  18. Tonia February 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm Reply

    Jennifer, I LOVE this blog post! Thank you for the free printables, they are JUST what I was looking for & TOTALLY my style. I found you on pinterest. Just signed up to follow your blog and look forward to future posts. Thanks again & God bless you, girl!

    • Jennifer Tucker February 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  19. lilli January 16, 2014 at 11:11 am Reply

    Fantastic! Thanks a lot from Venice! 🙂

  20. Jennifer Fowler January 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I just love you!!! You are speaking to my heart and I SO needed to read this today!! I NEED peace and desperately need organization. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Jennifer Tucker January 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Aww, thank you Jennifer! You are so sweet!!

  21. Jenn January 9, 2014 at 11:59 am Reply

    These daily checklists are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Jennifer Tucker January 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like them! 🙂

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