Unusual Things to Include in Your Planner
Planners aren’t just for birthdays and appointments anymore. Now there is any number of things you can include in your planner, from entertainment to wish lists, to fitness journals.
When I was Christmas shopping online, I fell down the planner rabbit hole. I started looking at Erin Condren planners, knowing they were really very popular. The EC planner just didn’t have what I wanted, at a reasonable price. Thanks to Amazon, I discovered The Happy Planner. It was everything I wanted, it was on sale, and the best part was I could add or remove pages or sections making it completely customizable.
So I ordered one. I fell instantly in love with it and all the possibilities it promised. I was so in love with it, I went out and bought a second one. The first I got, I use for the family, keeping track of schedules, appointments, bills to be paid. Basically everything I need to keep track of to keep this family on track and organized. The second one is for my blog.
But after getting the two planners, and joining a few Facebook planner groups I soon discovered, there is so much more you can use your planner for besides the obvious.
Unusual things to include in your planner.
A fitness tracker can be as little as how many glasses of water you drink each day. It could include, step counts, food diary, weight loss progress. The best thing about a planner is, there is no hard and fast rules, it’s yours to do how your please.
The Last Time I
When was the last time I vacuumed the living room? When was the last time I bought toilet paper. (Yes, this is a huge debate in our house. I believe 12 rolls of toilet paper should last 6 weeks at least. Sam disagrees.) I got so tired of arguing with Sam about toilet paper I created my own The Last Time I page. I hate losing arguments, especially about toilet paper.
You can also track when the last time you changed the oil in your vehicle. When was the last time the ceiling fans were cleaned. You can download the Free Printable Friday The Last Time I page here.
Take a minute every day and write down something you are thankful for. Gratitude has surprising health benefits. You can choose to start each day being thankful, which puts you in a positive mindset. Or you can choose to end each day being thankful, which is a nice way to wrap up the day. Trust me when I say, there are days I am thankful the day is over, and the house is still standing.
I know that in November, a lot of people practice 30 Days of Gratitude. A gratitude page is a great way to remember all that you have and all that you’re thankful for. Download the Free Printable Friday 30 Days of Gratitude page.
Mind maps and Brain Dumps
The mind mapping comes in handy in my blog planner. The brain dumps are, well, exactly what they sound like. Some people call them stream of consciousness writing. Either way, it clears my head so I can focus better on what’s at hand.
I always have a running wish list on Amazon. (You can see it here –> Amazon Wish List) Whether it’s a wish list of things other people can buy me for special occasions, or if it’s a wish list of things I want to buy for the house (like a new dinning room set) (and a Keurig). One wish list is just things I want Sam to do around the house for me.
When we got Christmas cards this past Christmas I saved everyone’s address and recorded them in my planner. Sure it would be easy to save them in Google Contacts, or Outlook. But my laptop isn’t always as easily accessible as my planner. With The Happy Planner, I can take the address sheets out of this year’s planner and add them to next year’s.
I am sure the more I use my Happy Planner, the more I’ll find to keep track in it. The above are perfect examples of printables for planners, so look for them in the future.
What do you track in your planner that most people would think is unusual?
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