I think it is safe to say 2020 did not turn out how any of us expected. My calendar remained a lot more empty this year vs past years. I don’t know about you, but I am hopeful and ready to get started filling up my 2021 calendar.
But as much as I am ready to jump into the next year and hopefully the next phase for us all, I have to admit that more time with my family hasn’t been a bad thing.
2021 Free Printable Calendar
I have been using a printable calendar for years. It works well for me. I prefer a horizontal calendar for more writing space, and I keep it in a presentation folder with a clear cover so I can see the month at a glance. Then each month I move the old month to the back.
I enjoy hunting for the perfect calendar each year, there are so many beautiful ones available. But this time I decided to make my own. So, this free printable calendar was designed with my specific use in mind. Hopefully, you will find my calendar helpful too!
Another tip for how I make my printable calendar work for me, I use Frixion erasable pens. They are my favorite. They erase clean so I can adjust my calendar as needed. I keep them in multiple colors for color-coding various tasks so I can tell at a glance what type of task I’ve added to my calendar. And when I need to adjust, the eraser comes in very handy.
I actually keep two calendars – well three technically – one for my work assignments and one for family activities, plus a digital one with reminders for appointments I am likely to forget. It sounds like a lot, but the system works well for me.
2021 Free Printable Calendar With To-Do List
The man thing I added to my calendar that a lot of other free printable calendars don’t have is a to-do list in the margin. I am a list maker, and while I make daily to-do lists on a notepad, I like having a monthly to-do list off to the side of my calendar. I use it for things I want to accomplish for the month, but don’t have a specific deadline. This helps me achieve my daily lists while still having longer-term goals to work toward.
Even though I have a to-do list on the side of the printable calendar, I still made the calendar boxes as big as I can so there is plenty of writing space.
I’ve gone back and forth with a Sunday vs Monday start for my calendar use. But I’ve finally come to the realization that a Sunday start makes the most sense to me. So you will see that I set up this printable calendar with a Sunday start.
Watercolor 2021 Free Printable Calendar
This year I chose splashes of watercolor on each page to decorate my calendar. I like to keep most of the calendar plain white so there is plenty of room to write and it is friendlier on my ink cartridge. But I still want something pretty to look at. So I decided on a splash of color, and each month the color represents the mood of the month.
Download 2021 Free Printable Calendar
Now that I’ve told you all about my printable calendar and why I included the elements I did, I hope you are excited to download it and get started planning for 2021. I’ve already downloaded my copy and loaded it in my presentation folder. I even have my first deadline written in for January.
Watercolor 2021 Free Printable Calendar Download HERE.
Tip, I made a pretty cover page. But if you don’t plan to use the cover page, print only pages 2-13 to save paper and ink.
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