Diary, Productivity

Planner Freebie: How I Keep a Diary + Free A5 Printable Diary Insert


I have tried to loyally keep a journal so many different times. I only seem to update my journal using full sentences and entire thoughts and express feelings when I’ve had a terrible day. My journals, generally, are not a happy place. But recording my day-to-day stuff still felt important to me.


Since taking up the planner life, I’ve developed a sense of dependability upon it. My week-at-a-glance is for things I have to do, appointments, lunch dates, etc. but where does one put stuff they’ve done?

I created the Diary section of my planner. I keep it directly after my calendar and it gets a page marker because I turn to it a few times a day. That place is for writing down what I achieves that day. I never write down “worked” because that would be in there so often. Here are some of the things I’ve written down in my diary in the past week:

  • got groceries and gas
  • picked up prescriptions
  • went to Michael’s
  • did laundry
  • ordered Christmas gifts on Amazon
  • made chicken alfredo
  • wrote 1552 words of my novel
  • watched With Bob and Dave on Netflix

You could also document things like doctor’s appointments, illnesses, lunches with friends, anything you want. I also document the times I spent evenings just watching TV-it helps me track my time when I’m stuck going, “Where did all my free time go this week?” Each section is just big enough for a handful of things but the blanks are big enough that if it was a busy day, you could write small and include more of your day.


Click the graphic above to open the PDF for your free Diary printable. This will fit an A5 size planner and prints on an 8.5 x 11 page at 100%. I’ve included a line in the middle to help you cut it down the middle with scissors or a paper trimmer. Please note these this planner insert is for personal use only and I retain the rights to the design.

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Diary, Productivity


Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.


  1. Maria
    November 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    What do I need to do to add a document that has instructions with each file I download.

    • Jilly
      November 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Sorry, I’m not sure I understand the question.

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