Use these blank monthly planner pages to DIY a planner with an undated calendar you can print each month and customize.
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While weekly planner pages are great for checklists and the day-to-day details of life, I really live by my monthly planner pages. They give me a place to look at each month at a glance to see all the scheduled appointments I have.
I designed this 2-page blank monthly planner template to coordinate with the weekly pages but can also stand alone. Its printer-friendly black and white layout is ideal for adding your own stickers or writing and drawing your monthly planner theme.
Monthly planner templates
This blank monthly planner is spread across 2 pages with 6 rows of boxes, so it will fit any month no matter the start date. Daily boxes are approximately 1.5-inches square.
There are no dates – so you can use it for any month and any year. I’ve also left off the days of the week because One Mama’s Daily Drama readers are split on whether the week should start on Sunday or Monday.
(Sidebar: If you start your week on a different day, I’d love to hear what that’s like!)
How to use a monthly planner
I use my monthly planner alongside my weekly pages. It serves as an overview of the month.
1. Set a regular monthly planning time.
The thing about planning is that you have to plan ahead. That might sound stressful if you’re not naturally organized but try this.
Pick a date in the second half of the month (between the 15th and 25th) and set aside 15 minutes to plan. Open your planner to next month’s calendar and write in all the fixed events that you know are coming up.
This might include doctor’s appointments, school events, work meetings, etc. Don’t worry about recurring daily tasks, focus on those one-off moments that you’ll forget if you don’t write down.
Add as much or as little detail as you need to remember.
You might write “Jan’s dance recital, 4 pm at Texas Ballet Theater School (arrive at 3:30).” But if you only have one kid and know that dance events are always at TBTS and you need to arrive half an hour early, you don’t have to write in those details. It might make sense to write “dance @ 4.”
2. Check in with your calendar weekly.
Next, pick a day of the week (I like Sunday) to sit down for a couple of minutes to check in with your calendar. I usually do this while I’m meal planning so I can choose easy meals on busy nights.
Doing a quick check-in means you can mentally prepare for whatever’s coming up. Now is a great time to add the details to your weekly planner. For example, if your monthly planner says that your child has a classroom party on Friday, you can add “pick up cupcakes” to your weekly planner for Thursday.
3. Try different systems to decide what works for you!
There’s no right or wrong way to use a planner. If you feel like you always try to plan and it never sticks, it’s probably because you haven’t found the system that works for you.
Use stickers – or don’t. Your planner doesn’t have to be pretty unless that’s what gets you excited. There are stickers for decorating and stickers that are more practical.
(Note: The stickers in these photos are from Happy Planner, Shine Sticker Studio, and my own Keri Houchin Design Shop.)
Don’t stress about handwriting. If you can’t read your own handwriting, there are lots of planner stickers available that have things like “meeting,” “appointment,” etc. already written. If you love calligraphy, go for it!
If you have a lot to track and love a color-coded spreadsheet, you might like using highlighters in your planner. Choose a color for each category (work, school, appointments, etc.) or for each person.
As you write items on the calendar, highlight each one with the color that it fits.
Get the printables
This set of blank monthly planner pages includes 2 PDF pages that measure 8.5×11-inches.
For troubleshooting tips and frequently asked questions, read the Printables FAQ Help Guide.
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