Thoughts and Plans of a Recent Graduate & Preview of 2015 Planner

It has been 9 weeks today since I graduated from the University of Huddersfield, and yet that life seems so far away! It has been a completely different lifestyle change and every day it is changing still. Straight after graduating I went on holiday with my family for a week, which was a nice break, it was a bit like a detox of my old lifestyle before settling into a new one.

On returning from the Yorkshire sea-side, I had to settle into not being in education any more, and the daunting aspect of being a “NEET”, that’s Not in Education, Employment or Training. It felt like being in limbo, not knowing where, when or how to start the process of finding a job. The thing that I was least looking forward to was signing on for job seekers allowance, which is why I put it off for as long as I could. I tried for 6 weeks or so to find a job, applying daily as well as doing some voluntary work each week, to get me out of the house as well as something good to put on my CV. The voluntary work was also great to get use to the idea of working  and getting my head out of its education style thought process. Whilst at university I have always been organised especially with my money, it has always came as a second nature to me (Hence the planners I make available to you all); and so it was fantastic to be able to finish my final year without needing my overdraft or having to break into my personal savings. When I graduated I was comfortably in the Black, but as the weeks of job hunting went by I got closer and closer towards my overdraft. I think when I had around £12 left in my account was the point when I had to face the fact that I will have to go to the job centre.

Little did I know that in the next week my luck would change! The day after I joined the job centre I got 3 interviews! and then in the next two following weeks I got a further 3 more! Of these interviews I have been offered two jobs, one was part time, which at the time I was thrilled to receive; but then I was offered a full time position in a company with opportunities to grow in. I am so happy and excited about my new found employment, but on the surface I am quite reserved, I am trying to stay cool and collected about it all, but honestly I couldn’t be happier.

I personally feel that my university course did help me prepare for “the big world”, I think I was lucky to have been able to build my confidence at university, through verbal presentations and assessments, working with the public as well as gaining a self confidence since being more independent. I also think that the “Fake It Until You Make It” workshop, provided by the university significantly helped me during these interview processes to stay calm and confident, both things that my new employer said is one of the reasons she was hiring me.

Now my plans for the future are to start my new job and hopefully love it! But of course Work is to Live and I do not plan to Live to Work.
I have family that I want to spend time with.
Finally I can start the process of saving away money so that I can one day open my own textiles homewares store. This will always be my long term goal, but at least I know now that I can now get my first foot onto that path now .

FINAL NOTE:

You should all be pleased to hear that my planners will be back!! 2015 is just a few months away so I have been getting it all ready for you! There will be 2 versions this year. One free one, which will be put up on my blog here for you, it is simple in terms of decoration, but pretty enough in my opinion! And a second one which will be up for sale for a very small amount on my Etsy Store (links to follow) This one is more decorated and the version that I will be using. The content of the two will pretty much be the same, it is just up to you which version you are wanting to use. You can download, print to A5 or A4 (or your US equivalent) and get your household organised!
Here is a sneak preview of the front cover of the planner which will be for sale on etsy:

Planner Preview

So you can see there the bright colour scheme and pretty patterned front, just slightly different to last years. In my opinion both of the planners are improvements on last years. I have noticed areas of improvement and have made it easier to use and with more space for taking notes and a better Budget Planner! Hope you are all as excited as I am!!

2014 Planner – Organise my life – Free Printable Download

This is the planner for 2014 … to see the all new planner for 2015 please follow this link:

https://kayleighscraftycreations.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/the-all-new-2015-planner-is-here-available-on-etsy/

Hello all, I have been working on some new planners for you all…
The reason I have done these is because I get quite bored seeing the same planners I currently have up, and its a new year… so I have freshened them up a bit and made them more adaptable for you… … I know that having these printed can sometimes be costly, so I make these planners completely free for you to download!

Free Download
As you can see they have been tweaked from my previous ones, in colour and borders and I have created these ones just for 2014, rather than the ones that you filled in the year yourselves! It is entirely up to you which ones you want to use… but these are definitely my favourite!

There are two sizes available… Uk – A4 (210mm x 297mm) or US Letter (8.5″ x 11″)
Pick which is most suitable for your paper type… (if you are printing larger or smaller that these sizes the image quality may distort so on your head be it! ). The Planners are in two files just to reduce the file size for uploading/downloading.

UK Planners:

UK_Calander
UK_Planners

US Planners:

US_Calander
US_Planners

Well there are the downloads, you can print which ever pages you need or want but if you are wanting to print them all like I am going to do, then here is how I would recommend doing it …

1

  • Firstly I would have the cover page for reasons rather self explanatory!!
  • Then I would recommend having one or two blank pages and filling in any useful details such as phone numbers and account numbers for the gas, electric or water company.. or emergancy numbers etc… (I would never recommend putting any details that could get into the wrong hands… i.e. bank details)
  • Then put one overview of the year sheets…. here you can fill in close family birthdays, things you might need to save for like, holidays, car mot’s/taxing then you will be able to visualise better when you might want to start saving for particular things!

2

  • Then for each month of the year I would recommend following this layout above.. On the Month Preview you can make note of all the other details that aren’t on the year view such as appointments, extended family birthdays/anniversaries… You could also buy cheaply little coloured stickers or washi tape to colour coordinate other more regular tasks, for example, a blue sticker on a day when you want to exercise; a yellow sticker for days you are going to clean the house and a green sticker for Pay Day! Use it however you need to as long as you can understand it then that’s great!
  • Next I recommend having a blank page just for making notes and working out your finances.. and then keeping it there… I found last year, that I would work out my finances on scrap paper  and then fill in the next budget page and then throwing away the scrap.. but then half way through the month think.. “hmm… where did I get that figure from?” So it is useful to be able to refer back to your original calculations.
  • The next page is your budget page.. In my previous planners I had filled in some of the things in the left hand column, but seeing how I don’t know what everyone’s expenses are I thought it would be best to leave them blank for you to fill in yourselves. There are two variants in the pack, one that has a ‘Vehicle’ section and one simply has an ‘other’ section, just because I know that there are some people like myself who don’t have a car.
  • Now for each month you will need to print (depending on how the days fall in that month etc…) 4 to 5 weekly planners (obviously if you are printing this planner in one go for the entire year just print 52 and then split them up accordingly)
    Here you can plan your week hour by hour from when to get up, when to eat  and when to phone your mum! Fairly straight forward I think!
  • Then finally to go just behind each individual week planner, is a meal and shopping planner… plan your key meals for the week to help you write your shopping list easier!Repeat these last 5 steps for each month and I can guarantee that you will be efficiently organised for the year.If you print out this entire planner in this way there will be approximately 143 pages
    If you only want one of the week planners ( the overview OR the Meal planner) thats 91 pages
    And if you decide to print everything minus the week planners there is 39 pages
    The week planners do bulk it up quite a bit I know, but it just depends on your personal needs.. if you don’t need to plan your life down to the hour then I envy you, but if you do then the planner is there for you to use!Feel free to have these printed at your local printers, library or supermarket… shop around for the cheapest price!
    Then bind however you like…. spiral bound, hard bound or hole punched and into a ring bound folder!I hope you all really like these planners, may they be useful to you and make your life a bit more organised!!Kayleigh x

Free Printable Planners – US Letter

Hello all! Happy new year!
Due to several requests and me being super nice 😉 I have decided to add the variant, or expansion pack for you all.
Me previous printables were in UK A4 size, if you still want that size the link is here: https://kayleighscraftycreations.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/free-printable-planners/
But I decided to resize them for my US viewers, to 8 1/2 x 11 inches or standard Letter Size.

This Planner Pack Contains:
Front Cover
Blank Page- (useful for making notes or calculations before you fill in some of the other planner sheets)
Budget Planner – ( For organsizing and managing your money, generally for the month)
Plan the Year – (To get a view of big events of the year)
Plan the Month – (To get a more focused view of the things happening each month)
Plan the Week – (To help you organise your busy week!)
Plan the Day – ( I wouldn’t expect anyone to print 365 of them or anything, but it is handy to have a few for those especially busy days)
Plan your Food – (By planning what meals you are having that week you can easily write your shopping list)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Now feel free to Download, print and bind your new planners!!
Enjoy!

Free Printable Planners

 

Please find the all new planner for 2015 here: https://kayleighscraftycreations.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/the-all-new-2015-planner-is-here-available-on-etsy/ 
Image

I made these planners a few months ago to help me plan my money and stuff while at university, I saw some other free ones available which were quite plain and boring so I made mine quite colourful and kinda girly (sorry guys) I will attach them to this post, feel free to download and print them for your own personal use, I just hole punched mine and put them in a ring binder and they are really easy to use! It helped me plan and organise my money both monthly and weekly to keep me on track! Hope they can be of use to yourselves!!

The Pack Contains:
Cover Page
Overview of the year, to help plan birthdays, mile stones and other events you might want to save for or document.
Monthly Budget Planner ( No Vehicle), some rows to the left are blank for you to add any other outgoings you may have
Monthly Planner ( With a Vehicle)
Food shopping Organiser/ List

Plan the Day
Plan the Week
Plan the Month
Blank Page, to use for making notes or as a template for a different planning sheet you may need to use

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Update: Another slightly different monthly planner for Joanie… and anyone else of course!
Monthly_Planner_Half_Page

To download all planner pages via PDF click here:
Download_Planners
Updates:
Download Monthly_Planner_Half_Page

Kayleigh
x