Free Printable Planner Stickers ~ Welcome Spring

I don't think I have ever looked forward to spring quite so much. I have come to realize that, despite my best attempts at authenticity, I am still keeping up a front on social media. In the past I have been critical of social media because it shows everyone's highlight reels instead of the full picture.  Now I see that there may be very good reasons for that...

Maybe their problems are none of your business. We do not have to share everything and sometimes we shouldn't. For example, if I tell you about every horrible, ridiculous thing my kids do, although possibly entertaining now, it may embarrass them later.

Maybe they are just a more private person, uncomfortable with sharing quite so much.

Maybe they want to reserve one small part of their lives to focus on the positive. My instagram account is for happy, crafty stuff only and I like it that way because I can scroll through and nothing will make me sad.

I can tell you this... No one has a perfect life. Everyone has a mixture of blessings and burdens. Everyone has some struggles that you cannot see. It warrants compassion, even though that is really, really, really hard to give sometimes.

So, I am not going into details for all of the above reasons, but this winter sucked. However, do you know what makes me happy? Besides chocolate? Spring flowers and the color purple. So, I designed some planner stickers with free graphics from freepik.com and it cheered me up a little bit.

You can download the free printable by clicking HERE. I just print them to adhesive paper and cut them out with scissors.

I have other printable planner stickers available, too.

Arrow Free Printable Planner Stickers

 

Fitness and Motivation Stickers

Free Printable Planner Stickers ~ Arrows

I kind of like being able to create planner stickers based on what I will actually use. These stickers will probably not be particularly useful to most people, but I am sharing them anyway.

Small boxes with arrows - free planner sticker printable

I have a few kids participating in our school's archery program. Now, it is not a particularly exciting sport for the spectators (it makes golf seem wild!!!) but they seem to enjoy it. I need to keep track of practices and tournaments, so I designed some planner stickers with little arrows on them. Of course, arrows are kind of trendy so they could be used for just about anything in a planner.

Archery Planner Stickers - free printable

Arrow stickers for tracking archery practice

I made mine in shades of our school colors that coordinate with my Happy Planner, but I also made some in black and white. Both are available for your personal use by clicking on the links below:

Blue and Gold Arrow Planner Stickers

Black and White Arrow Planner Stickers

I just print mine on adhesive label paper and cut them out to use as needed.

Arrow Free Printable Planner Stickers

I also have these stickers available:

If you want to learn more about how I use my Happy Planner...

How to use a Happy Planner

Free Printable Planner Stickers - Fitness and Motivation

I haven't made any New Year's Resolutions about getting in shape or losing weight. I probably should, but let's be real here... It is a record cold spell and I am not going outside to run. I could do some workouts inside, but I am just not that motivated at this point. Today, it is just not one of my priorities and I will freely admit to that. At some point, however, I plan on starting to train for another 5K. The girls and I want to try to run a few together. I am not sure how that is going to work out. They are all faster than me. I also don't really like the thought of them competing against each other and the aftermath that will follow. I suppose we will have to work on sportsmanship. :) It is ultimately just for fun, right?

However, some of you may actually be motivated to brave the cold to go for a run or perhaps you are hitting the freshly crowded gym. In honor of that, I sat here on my behind in the warm house and designed planner stickers. Now, I will definitely use these at some point. Maybe next week. Maybe in a few months when my snot doesn't freeze in my nostrils every time I go outside. Eventually.

Also, we don't have a gym membership. I just wanted "gym day" stickers for marking which days the girls have gym class and I have to make sure they are wearing sneakers. :) That is ultimately why I started designing these stickers.

The color scheme matches my new Happy Planner (LOVE IT!!!) and I got all of the clip art from Free Pik.

You can download the free printable by clicking HERE. I print mine on adhesive paper and cut them out.

P.S. If you are still sticking to those New Year's resolutions- GOOD JOB!!!

How I Use My Happy Planner

Last year I jumped on the planner bandwagon.My sister-in-law loves hers and it looked really cute! My mom always had one to keep track of all of our school stuff, sports, and activities. She called it her "brain" which made it funny when it got lost and she was looking for her "brain." :)

My wall calendar wasn't cutting it and I was having a hard time remembering everything. Something had to change so I picked up a Happy Planner at Michaels (mostly because it looked cute).

Regular Happy Planner
I started out having no idea what to do with all of those boxes! I consulted my sister-in-law, the planner expert, and she gave me some ideas. One of her best suggestions was finding free planner sticker printables on Pinterest. (Of course now I have a whole board of them HERE.)  I print them on adhesive paper and cut them out with scissors. I was worried it would use up all of my ink, but my ink cartridge lasted a really long time, so it wasn't as bad as I thought.

As the year went on I gradually started to try new things and find ways to make the planner more useful to me.

That also changed depending on what life looked like at the time. Sometimes I used boxes to write out to do lists and sometimes I listed my accomplishments for the day (when it felt and looked like nothing was getting done). Sometimes I used planner boxes to write down little things that I wanted to remember and sometimes I used them as a gratitude journal, recording things that I am thankful for. Sometimes they recorded milestones, and sometimes I just added decoration because I felt like it.

 

I got some adhesive pockets on clearance at Michaels and they are pretty nice for storing appointment cards, extra stickers, or little things I need to save.

I previously used a calendar to keep track of meal planning, but I incorporated that into my planner, too. It is handy to have everything in one place.

Meal planning with a Happy Planner
I also kept track  of my decluttering progress with a post it note in the cover.

So, after one full year of using my planner I think I am finally starting to get the hang of it.

How to use a Happy Planner
I like to use the top row to show what we have planned for the day- appointments, practices, birthdays, etc. In the middle row I write my to do lists or anything that I may want to remember. In the bottom row I write out our meal plan for the week.  In the side column I write out my major goals for the week. Besides the printable stickers, I like to keep some washi tape, coordinating pens, and a pair of scissors in a little jar on my desk. (The kids are always swiping the scissors, though!)

The washi tape is handing for dividing boxes, sectioning off certain days (like a weekend for wrestling tournaments), or making the boxes smaller in case my printable stickers are not the correct size. I like to alternate the pen color that I use because it helps things stand out a little better for me to visualize and remember. (I used that trick for taking notes in college.)

I also learned that it is a good idea to grab your new planner as soon as the store starts carrying the new line for the following year. They got really picked out and it took me 3 or 4 trips to Michaels to finally find mine. (It was like it magically appeared! It was NOT there before!) I really love the color scheme of this one, so I plan on trying to match my stickers as much as possible. (Although, I might get tired of it and change it up later- we'll see!)

I also decided to try putting my craft-related stuff in a Mini Happy Planner. I hope it isn't a pain having two planners, but I felt the need to compartmentalize. Does that make sense? The layout is a little different.

I am officially hooked on this whole planner thing!

Do you have a planner? Do you have any tips or preferences? I am always looking for new ideas!