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How to Create Planner Templates in Affinity Publisher: Planning for the Scattered (Even with ADHD!)

How to Create Planner Templates in Affinity Publisher:  Planning for the Scattered (Even with ADHD!)

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Do you constantly feel like scattered pieces of chaos are running your life? Does your to-do list keep growing and the more you try to get organized the more cluttered things become? Learning how to create planner templates is the first step in making your custom planner with your own planning system.

I think it’s time for a revolution! It’s time for us in ADHD land to create our own systems that meet our unique needs. Instead of trying – and failing – at “one size fits all” approaches.

Why not make use of amazing tools such as Affinity Publisher, specifically designed for creating professional publications, but the one-time low entry purchase makes it accessible to all?

In this blog post, I will be discussing how users can take advantage of tools to craft personalized printable and digital planning resources they need to become successfully organized!

Create Your Planner Template:

  1. Launch Affinity Publisher
  2. Set your planner size
  3. Create your planner template (Use Master Pages for repeating pages)
  4. Customize your Template
  5. Add Data Merge fields
  6. Use “Add Pages from file” to add this template to other Affinity Publisher documents

Those are the basic steps to creating a planner template in Affinity Publisher, read on to learn more.

Introducing Planner Creation for the Fun and Scattered (ADHD): What it is & Why You Need It

If you are overwhelmed, scattered, or busy keep reading! Nowadays everyone’s lives are quickly moving and it can be hard to keep up with all of your obligations, projects, to-do lists, and business activities!

To get ahead, you need something better than an off-the-shelf paper scheduler – introducing Planner Creation for the Fun and Scattered! No, it’s not a new course, it’s a concept I want you to consider to help you regain your sanity.

It’s a revolutionary system designed by you that helps you track how much time you spend on different tasks and keeps track of what needs to be done. And guess what? It’s all yours.

You may need just a little help setting it up. 😉

You can learn how to create planner templates with Affinity Publisher and how to create planners that capture all your details. With this system in place, you can easily review data from past projects, monitor repetitive processes, and even prioritize your activities.

It’s time to get into control of your life today and make organization easy!

Understanding Your Planning Needs – The basics for those with ADHD

Planning can be tricky to manage if you have ADHD, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. To create your own system you need to be looking to create planner templates that work together to help you manage your day.

To be honest, understanding your planning style is probably the most important step to take.

Do you need to start off by making to-do lists templates and from those you could assign tasks to daily templates or weekly templates to stay on top of commitments and deadlines?

Or do you need a weekly plan template with time blocks devoted to specific areas of your life? Or maybe you want a weekly plan template with just a dotted, lined, or empty box for each day of the week.

There are also habit tracker templates, goal planning templates, and chore templates. Anything that you want to do, or need to accomplish can have an associated planner template, that is the glory of making your own planner

You may not know the answers to these questions, and that’s okay!

Choose one, two, or 3 to create what you think will work, and then test it out for 4-6 weeks. Don’t give up too early because it takes time to get into the swing of checking that planner multiple times a day.

Developing a plan to tackle your goals will help you stay organized and stay motivated to finish what you start. Staying focused on your plan is key when creating your own planner template from scratch.

It may require some trial and error, but with consistent effort, the result could be an amazing resource to help keep things in order. So don’t be afraid to give it a try!

Understanding Affinity Publisher – Overview of Key Features

Unleash your creative potential while making the most of Affinity Publisher! This powerful platform allows you to make truly outstanding, professional-looking designs that won’t put anyone to sleep.

Understanding Affinity Publisher can feel overwhelming, so let’s break it down!

Setting Up Your Pages In Affinity Publisher

To get started right away, take advantage of all its built-in page sizes found under File->New and be amazed at how easy it is to resize things afterward – simple enough for even beginners!

Take a look at this screenshot filled with wonderful opportunities to create your custom planner template.

How To Create A Planner Template In Affinity Publisher
How to Create a Planner Template in Affinity Publisher. Use File->New

Affinity Publisher keeps your projects on track, no matter the size! Whether you need standard 8.5 x 11-inch pages or something a little more customized (like for those Happy Planner fanatics out there!), this incredible software has got you covered.

Facing-Pages In Affinity Publisher

With facing-page spreads, you can make your perfect planner! Enjoy the flexibility of customizing both digital and printable planners – all with just a few clicks in File->New. Get creative and set up tons of exciting options for yourself today!

How To Create Planner Templates In Affinity Publisher With Facing Pages (File-≫New)
How to Create Planner Templates in Affinity Publisher with Facing Pages (File->New)

The page setup is only the beginning of the flexibility of this tool. Next up is the styling of fonts and tables in Affinity Publisher.

Setting Up Styles In Affinity Publisher

Creating a cohesive, consistent look across your entire planner collection is easy-peasy with Publisher! Set up great text styles and table designs once – then watch the magic happen as they automatically get applied to all of your planners. In no time at all, you’ll have multiple themes ready for sale in your shop, or for your own personal planners ;).

Text Styles in Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher has taken the guesswork out of planning with its nifty Base Styles feature. Now, you can easily create a blank foundation for your planner and add any headers, labels, or special setups right in one place – saving time while giving an overview of how it’ll look! Creating planner templates just became as simple as pie!

How To Create Planner Templates In Affinity Publisher With Custom Styles
How to Create Planner Templates in Affinity Publisher with Custom Styles

Table Styles in Affinity Publisher

With Affinity Publisher, you have the freedom to make your planner template totally unique or even create add-on stickers! Create custom table styles that will add a personalized touch and carry through all of your planning. In Publisher 2.0 you access this via the Window->Table->Table Format in the top navigation. In the original version, it’s under View in the top navigation.

How To Create Planner Templates In Affinity Publisher With Custom Table Styles
How to Create Planner Templates in Affinity Publisher with Custom Table Styles

With table styles, you can unleash the creative wizard within! Design your tables with ease and variety without spending hours on pesky formatting. Not feeling that header fill color? Change it in a snap – no problemo! Mastering this design magic is as easy as reviewing Affinity’s helpful info section. Unleash the designer power today!

The Text Style and Table Style flexibility are powerful features. These features set you up to create an amazing custom planner for you to use or sell in your shop.

With Affinity Publisher, the creative possibilities for planners are endless! From customizing text style and table styles to creating something you can use yourself or sell in your own store – unleash the power of your imagination with all that Publisher has to offer.

Getting Started in Affinity Publisher – Creating the Right Templates

Affinity Publisher is a fantastic tool to help even the most fun, scattered (ADHD) person create a planner to stay organized and on track! Getting started on Affinity Publisher is easy and can make plotting out your day, week, or month simple.

To begin, Affinity Publisher can help you to create just the right planner templates for your needs. Visualizing success with Affinity Publisher is achievable through creating customizable templates for digital planner covers,  to-do lists, weekly plans, daily plans, and monthly overviews/reviews.

Paper planners or digital planner creation both start with templates. You are in the right place if you want to create either kind of planner. Once you review this are you can check out the specifics of paper planners or digital planners right here with us. 🙂

What you need to know to get started are the templates you want to include. Below is a list of possible planner templates to help you get started.

  • Monthly Calendar Templates
  • Daily Calendar Templates
  • Weekly Calendar Templates
  • Monthly/Weekly/Daily To-Do Lists Templates
  • Monthly/Weekly/Daily in Review Template
  • Journal Templates
  • Brain Dump Templates
  • Habit Tracker Templates
  • Chore Chart Templates
  • Birthday Calendar Templates

This list is not exhaustive, and don’t try to do them all! Be selective and choose what works for you. It can be helpful to start with a base set of templates to get you started.

The templates that I find most helpful with my ADHD are:

  • Monthly Calendar Templates
  • Weekly Calendar Templates
  • Weekly To-Do Lists Templates
  • Monthly/Weekly/Daily in Review Template
  • Brain Dump Templates

But my brain is different than your brain. So start with the templates that will work for you first or the templates your customer needs if you’re making this for your shop.

As you build out your templates take advantage of Affinity’s helpful guides and our resources on to get started creating custom planners will set you on the path towards staying more organized no matter how fun and scattered you are!

Crafting Your Planner Design – Customizing Text, Colors, & Graphics

Create a planner unique to your style! Crafting the design of your planner doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. This post is designed to help you understand what is possible with Affinity Publisher, use it as a starting guide.

Whether you prefer a minimalist design or something full of fun colors and graphics, customizing your text, colors, and graphics can turn creating your own templates into a creative adventure.

With digital and printable planning resources for the fun and scattered (ADHD), designing templates for yourself or others can be managed with ease.

No matter what system or methods you use to plan, taking the time to create customized planners and templates for yourself or others is sure to spark your creativity and give you a sense of meaningful productivity!

Creating the Final Product – Exporting Your Planner Template to Print or Digital Format

Taking your planner template from concept to reality is one of the most exciting steps in the creation process!

Make sure you have the right export format. It is different for digital and printable versions of your planner.

With a digital planner you want the links to work when you export your PDF, so make sure you select PDF (digital – quality). But with a printable planner you will want to export the smaller PDF (for print). These options seem arbitrary but they each have a purpose.

Whether you’re designing for fun or for someone with ADHD, make sure that the final product looks as great as it does in your mind. With just a few simple clicks, you’ll be ready to set up your new planning resource and start getting organized!

Bonus Tips & Tricks to Make Your Planning Process Easier & More Effective!

Creating a planner can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard to stay on top of. However, there are lots of ways to simplify your planner creation process and make it more efficient!

For instance, if you want to import dates into your planner template use a data merge technique! Or if you’re just starting out sketch out your ideas first- it’s often much easier than trying to work directly with complex design programs.

You’ll also find that creating an outline for your planner before anything else can save time and provide a clear structure from the get-go. So don’t be afraid to give these tips & tricks a try – they can help improve the effectiveness of your planning process!

Congratulations on finishing this blog post about planner template creation for the fun and scattered (ADHD)! We hope you now feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to start creating your own planner templates with Affinity Publisher.

It takes practice, but when you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to make something beautiful that will keep you organized and focused. Plus, with a little creativity, you’ll find that creating your own planner templates can be a lot of fun!

Don’t forget to use the tips and tricks we provided to help you along the way. So take a deep breath and start creating – your perfect planner awaits! If you ever need any more help don’t hesitate to check out our course Affinity Publisher: Shortcuts to Create a Dated Planner. Have fun creating!


What program do you use to make a planner?

There are a lot of both free and paid tools you can use to make a planner. A custom printable or digital planner is a powerful tool for both business and family. You can create a professional looking planner in the following tools:

1. Affinity Publisher
2. KeyNote
3. PowerPoint
4. Canva
5. Adobe InDesign
6. Adobe Express

Each of these programs can be used to make a planner.

How do I make my own planner to sell?

How to Make Digital Planners to Sell Step by Step

1. Decide your platform. The here are several paid and free options.
2. Plan your content. (What digital planner templates do you want in your planner?)
3. Design your templates and planner
4. Test your digital planner and make sure the links work
5. Export you PDF Planner
6. Create Mockup Graphics for your planner product
7. Create a shop description
8. Determine the price
9. Add to your store. (PayHip (free), GumRoad, Shopify, Etsy)
10. Share your product links in Blog Posts, Social Media, Pinterest and more.

Check out our post on How to Create Digital Planners

Where can I sell digital planner templates?

If selling your digital planner templates is your goal, you can start out on Etsy. But there are other places to sell your planners.

The following list are places you can sell your digital planner templates:
1. (Free)
2. (Free level)
3. (Cost)
4. (low cost fees)

Each of these are an option. If you have a small to medium sized audience you may want to start with PayHip or GumRoad first because the free levels will take fees that are possibly less than Etsy.

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