How To Create A Life Planning Binder


A lot of us use a planner to organize our lives that typically consists of a yearly, monthly, and weekly calendar, as well as space for notes/tasks. Every planner differs, but the general concept is the same.

Those of us who use planners could not imagine life without one. I know I can’t.

While most planners are structured as described above, mine is a little different — but in a good way.

Because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, I decided to create my own and you can do the same. My life planning binder is designed to help me organize everyday life while staying focused on my long-term goals.

While I use my life planning binder to organize my daily tasks, it’s primary purpose is to help me stay focused on my bigger life plan. This ensures I’m working a little bit each day toward fulfilling the dreams I have for my life while still living for today.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”  ~Abraham Lincoln


Product image with a salmon color background and images from the Ultimate Goal Planner


Creating A Life Planning Binder

1. Start by purchasing the following items on Amazon or at your favorite supply store:

2. Determined Your Categories

  • I follow the “Essential Goal Setting & Dream Fulfillment Workbook & Planner framework for my Life Planning Binder, but you can create a framework that works best for you. The advantage of this planner is that it guides you through the life planning process step-by-step so there’s no guesswork involved.
  • Do a quick brainstorm of the different categories that would be helpful for you in the life planning process (ideas below).

3. Label Your Sections  

  • Design your cover sheets.
    • I prefer to use fun designs for mine. I find it’s more enjoyable to use my binder when it’s visually appealing to me.
    • I use scrapbook paper because it’s inexpensive, easy and colorful. You can sometimes find paper with encouraging words or stickers that you could use to decorate your design covers as well. 
  • Slip your design covers into a 3-hole plastic sheet protector. This sleeve is where I adhere each of the index tabs as well.
  • Determine where you want your index tabs to go and label them (ideas below).
  • I label the tabs by hand because it’s quick and easy.

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4. Tips for Using Your Life Planning Binder

If you enjoy using a planner, but are looking for a different way to move forward with your dreams and goals, I highly recommend creating a life planner. Have fun!


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    • I love the question of what you REALLY want in your life. I think that it really encourages a deeper dive into the heart of what excites you.

      • It’s definitely a question that has worked well for me. It’s also really interesting how the answer shifts as we grow and change. I haven’t tried it yet but I think it would be a fun practice every January to journal using this question and see how the response shifts from year to year.

    • I’ve always thought about trying to use a planner but I have a hard time trying to use one! I think that’s because they’re not centered around my life! Like what you’re talking about! I’m gonna tackle it again and see if I can’t get it to work for me =) thanks for posting!