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I’ve been struggling with planners my entire life. I think part of it is due to my mixture of left- and right-brainedness. Part of me is so left-brained that I crave the structure and ability to put my life into the neat little boxes that come with planners. But I also have a pretty dominant right-brained side that thrives on a bit of chaos. So usually, I would be in one of my left-brained modes, and decide I must have a planner, run out and buy one, and get really excited about it for a few weeks. And then stop using once I got sick of the tiny little boxes. Mostly because I felt trapped by the structure of the planner.

I know, I think way too much about something as trivial as a planner.

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I’ve tried everything. I tried buying paper planners that people swear by (the cheap ones, the expensive ones, and everything in between). I tried designing my own planners. I tried using online planners. I tried going without a planner (and that sorta worked, until I got pregnant and the pregnancy brain kicked in). And nothing really ever felt right. I never was able to strike the balance between organized and chaotic—which is pretty much where I love living in my life.

And then I had an idea. What if I could come up with a not-as-rigorous planner—a “planner lite” if you will? So I started thinking about what things I did want out of a planner—a place to keep my to-do list, a list of my daily chores, and maybe a daily schedule. I realized I could fit all that in one sheet of paper, and my daily command center printables were born!

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I actually use these in conjunction with an online calendar (more about my online calendar system here), which is where I track my due dates, work schedule, life events, and editorial calendar for the blog. I like using an online calendar for my actual date book, because it makes it so easy to move and change dates (which happens a lot) and share it easily with Craig. But I also really like the paper and pen feeling of crossing off items on a to-do list. These command center printables really let me have the best of both worlds.

command center list

To use these command center printables, I just print them out for the day—usually I print the whole week’s worth—and put them on my pretty clipboard. I’ve been thinking about laminating a whole week’s worth and using a wet erase marker instead of printing them out each week, but I haven’t gotten there. And I really love the ability to use stickers and colorful markers, so I might never.

Usually in the morning, or, if I’m on top of things, the evening before, I’ll fill in my due dates and to-do list (working off my online calendar), and fill in the dinner, workout, and any extra cleaning tasks I want to accomplish. And then I figure out my rough schedule for the day. I also have a box at the top that is a free space—I usually fill it up with some quote to help guide my day.

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As I go through the day, I cross off tasks (on both the list and the schedule) using a highlighter. There is also a small box at the bottom for things I need to make sure to mark on tomorrow’s list.

These have been working so well for me! I feel organized, but not restricted. I am loving these!

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I figured there might be a few more left- and right-brained folks out there who would thrive working off of a “planner lite” like this, so I’ve got the command center printables ready for you to download. Of course, my version is pretty specific to my life (you probably don’t need a task listed as “Walk PF” or to follow my cleaning schedule), so I made a blank version for you guys. I did include multiple colors, because, well, colors are fun. But other than the colors, each page is the same.

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Happy organizing!

Are you a paper planner person? Or an online planner person? Or do you live on the edge and just keep it all tumbling around in your head?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. I love it!!! I’m a diehard Moleskine fan since my college days, but if not, I would definitely use these. Heck, I might even use them from time to time on days I need to be super-productive!

    Thanks for so many awesome downloadables! 🙂

  2. Amy

    Oh my Cassie! You just described me!! Thank you for putting to words what I could never figure out. Why do I long to be organized, buy loads of planners, download loads of planners and then never use them?!? I started doing your system this year (using a different daily planner), and yours are much cuter! Thank you for sharing! I love your blog by the way. ;o)

  3. 1. You are amazing! I am so excited to download this. I have tried to find a cheap solution to my need for both online calendar and lists and have failed… a lot 2. It makes me feel so much better to hear about another couple whoe shares their google calendars. People always give me funny looks whenever the fact that Clay and I share comes up but he has an extreme random schedule (touring musician) and I work in the events business so are lives are normal 9-5 by any means.

  4. Ashley

    I FREAKING LOVE THIS! I am the exact same way with planners, I convince myself that I will love and use it and it will help me pull my life together, then after awhile I’m like “this is awful!” In college I had a small notebook where I made daily and weekly to do lists, but now that school is over and my (low-stress, able to leave at the door) job doesn’t require much in the way of lists, that practice doesn’t work as much. I’ve yet to find a system that does, so I’m thinking/hoping this will be perfect!

    While I don’t always print or use your free printables, I have to say that I love them. They’re always so functional and applicable for real life, and they are so aesthetically pleasing. Thanks for doing these! Printing now 🙂

  5. Beverly Ann

    Cassie,

    I’m with everyone else 🙂 I love these, and share your love/hate relationship with organizational tools. Over the years though I have decided that a good old fashioned hand written to do list is my tool of choice and it works pretty well for me. I like the look of this one, I think I’ll give it a whirl.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Beverly Ann

  6. I have the same issue with planners! To a T.
    I’ve downloaded and will try this format (even though the last planner I ordered should show up today LOL)

  7. Camila

    Thank you for that, I downloaded already and it looks great.
    I know it it awesome that you posted this already, and I am super grateful, but I really loved the idea of having a color per week day (it seems like that is how you are doing it) and it would be super helpful to have 7 colors in terms of organizing the week ahead of time. Do you think it would be too much to asked for the additional colors you are using?
    Thank you os much
    Camila

  8. Liz

    These are perfect! I am forever buying planners with good intentions, only to leave the majority of the pages empty, and end up scribbling random to-dos on old envelopes. These are super cute, thanks!

  9. This is exactly what I didn’t know I needed! I recently transitioned back to a paper planner and I definitely prefer that to using my phone, but have been frustrated with the tiny space in my planner allotted for each day. This idea is perfect! I’ve already printed them out and can’t wait to structure out my days more carefully. Thanks Cassie!

  10. Thank you very much for this. It’s very colourful and creative printables and very helpful for me. I’m NEW to your blog and loving it.

    PS: I’m not sure whether you have received my ‘hello’ e-mail that I shoot you 3-4 days ago 🙂

  11. This might be my favorite thing ever. And I think we are the same with our brains! Haha, I was the same way with my erin condren planner, but I’m finding it harder and harder to us because, like you said, sometimes a day just turns into a piece of paper with lists! I’ll definitely be downloading these, and getting them printed soon!

  12. THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart!!! I transitioned to an electronic calendar years ago, but miss writing things down in my paper journal. This is the perfect mix – electronic calendar for long term and this printable for short term. I printed this off 5 days ago and have been so productive it is unbelievable.

    I should pay you. Seriously.

  13. Hi Cassie,

    I would like to add (or be able to add) some items that happen everyday (like what you have)so that it prints every day. I find my handwriting not as neat and like to type in it. How should I modifiy this to do this? Also…what does M/P, or walk PF mean? (Just curious).

    Thanks!
    Erin

    1. Cassie

      M/P is “Make/Photograph” and Walk PF is “Walk Puppyface!”.

      You can take it into Photoshop or Illustrator and edit it, if you have those. 🙂

  14. Thanks so much for mentioning these during last night’s #hlsummit Twitter chat. I’ve always struggled with electronic calendars for work and paper to-do lists, so I’m eager to try these out. These are so adorable, too! 🙂

  15. Kathleen

    I would love for you to design the perfect handbag for me. I know exactly what I want and don’t want, but I’ve never found everything I want in one bag. Sigh.

  16. Kiley G

    I’m in love. Thank you so much for bringing this printable to life and sharing it with us all for free no less 🙂 It’s completely revolutionized the way I do things at work & at home, each and every day and its made me so much happier and WAY more productive. Bravo to you and keep it coming 😉

  17. These are sutch a help! helps me to learn orgenniseing and it is a real help haveing it on papper so if something go wrong i have a back up and is a good leraning things also thank you very mutch I will be useing these offen

  18. Lauren

    I absolutely love this printable but it doesn’t fit in my half-size discbound notebook I use for a planner. Any chance of getting this scaled down to 5.5″x8.5″?

  19. Samantha George

    I have search high and low for a good, free, printable resource to schedule. As you have, I have also tried EVERY type of planner out there, and these seem like the best bet. Thank you so much. It’s genius!

  20. thank you so much, this daily planner will help me so much. I used to be messed up anything and don’t stick with my plan. I’ve tried a weekly deadline but it’s just not going well because i need more detail to-do- lists. Thank you so much 😀

  21. Robert

    This is a very great tool for planning. If I could make a request–could you add the days of the week to the top of the command-center1.pdf pages?

  22. Sherri Fuchs

    Would you be willing to share this with No section headings except schedule and to do so that the other areas can be customized? I love your layout and line spacing. The colors are a joyful bonus!

  23. Sophie

    I absolutely love these. They are exactly what I have been looking for without realising it. Thank you so much. I have edited and added in my daily cleaning tasks. Can’t wait to get started with them!! Sophie

  24. meg

    wow! thank you for this! I’m exactly the same way…I crave structure and routine but at the same time, it makes me feel trapped!
    good to know I’m not the only one with this struggle!

  25. Terri

    I have been looking for planner pages that I could and would actually use, at least some of the time. I love these pages. I can put everything needed in one day on one page, including my water intake. I struggle with what I need to be doing and what I love doing. What I love doing is enjoying my family and friends, paper crafting and learning to drawing. What I need to do is home-keeping and all that entails. Thank you, again, for helping me.

  26. Kristina

    Thanks so much for these planners. Not only are they incredibly useful, they’re beautiful too. I have a suggestion that might help some people. With my son in college this fall we carpool. So to make sure we’re where we need to be AND I don’t make excuses for not working out, I write in my son’s schedule as well. Since his schedule will be the same for the next four months, I’ve filled in a skeleton schedule and rescanned it so I’m not re-inventing the wheel every week. It saves me a bit of time each Monday night when I’m planning next week.

  27. Celia

    I thought I was the only one who bought planners, used for a while and then fizzled out! Not only have you removed the guilt I have carried around for years, but you have provided the PERFECT planner sheets! I printed off the week’s worth and used for the first time today and WOW! I got SO much done I am doing the happy dance and blessing your name. Thank you from the bottom of my very grateful heart! Bless you!

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