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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.

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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.

command center printables

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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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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 😀

  9. 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!

  10. 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″?

  11. 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

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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.

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