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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.

Unusual Things to Include in Your Planner

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When I was Christmas shopping online, I fell down the planner rabbit hole.  I started looking Erin Condren Lifeplanners, 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.

Fitness tracker

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 you please.

If you have a Happy Planner, you can buy the functional fitness stickers.  You can track your meals and your activity.  Plus if you get the Fitness Sticker pack, there are hundreds of cute functional fitness stickers to use.

Something unusual you can include in your planner is a When Was the Last Time I... page.

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.

You can include your gratitude practice in your planner.


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 braindumps 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.

Wish Lists

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 dining 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 of 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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Planners aren't just for appointments and birthdays anymore. There is any number of things you can include in your planner.  From finances to entertainment, to wish lists, and weight loss there are any number of things to include in your planner.

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  1. Kate

    January 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    These are great ideas! I started doing the gratitude notes last year, I will need to start back up with that.

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 9:46 AM

      Hi Kate! Thanks for stopping by! This is the first year I’ve really committed to a planner (and I’ve committed to TWO!) and the gratitude note just resonated with me. At the end of the year, I can look back at all the amazing things I was thankful this year. Not a bad way to look back.

  2. Nostalgia Seekers

    January 5, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    I love having a planner – I use one to keep track of everything in my life. Someone else looking at it might think it was chaos, but it all makes sense to me 🙂

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 10:16 AM

      This is my first year to really commit to a planner, so I am sure the more I use it the more I ways I will find to use it. That’s the best part of planners, you can use it however you want to. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Alexie

    January 5, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    I’m starting my first year using a planner and this is so helpful!

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 11:01 AM

      Thank you!!! I figure in a few months I’ll be keeping track of everything in my planner.
      What planner are you using?

  4. discobumblebee

    January 5, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    These are great ideas! I have really been stepping up my planner game and will be including some of these in mine.

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 11:20 AM

      YAY!!!! Thank you so much!!! As I said, I am just getting started with a planner, so I’m sure I’ll be adding these and many more things!!

  5. amy

    January 5, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Even though phones have calenders, I still like having actual paper planners to plan for life. You gave me some other ideas to put in there, thanks.

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 2:19 PM

      Hi Amy! I am one of those people who just can’t get used to using the calendar on my phone. I am glad you got some ideas for your planner today!!

  6. Marla | Because I Said So Baby

    January 5, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    I love the idea of including a “brain dump” – sometimes you just need to get a bunch of stuff off your mind!

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 2:25 PM

      Exactly. Never underestimate the benefit of a brain dump. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. The Sanity Plan

    January 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    I haven’t taken the leap to using a planner yet, and this year, I’ll be setting weekly goals directly on my website. But a fitness tracker, I could definitely use.

    1. Becky

      January 5, 2017 at 6:47 PM

      I know that The Happy Planner has a Fitness Mini. I haven’t looked at it closely to know the details, but I do know it’s very popular right now. I wish you luck with your goals this year, however you track them.

  8. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    January 5, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    I started doing the gratitude lists in my bullet journal and it has become a favorite part of my day!

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 6:51 AM

      I like the idea of finding something positive to be thankful for every day. It changes my mind set. And at the end of the year I’ll have a entire year of things I was thankful for.

  9. miriinthevillage

    January 5, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    I just bought a planner. I am now staring at it wondering what will make it come alive. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 6:52 AM

      You’re welcome! I figure it’s going to take me a few weeks if not months to find my groove and style that works best for me. The good thing is, we can’t do it wrong!

  10. Sharon Chen

    January 6, 2017 at 5:33 AM

    Love this list. I want to try the mind map in my current planner 🙂

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 6:53 AM

      Mind mapping helps some people be super productive. I imagine you can go back to the mind map and get plenty of ideas. Your planner seems like the perfect place to keep it!

  11. Anne Marie @ CCHC

    January 6, 2017 at 6:09 AM

    See, I can’t keep my brain dumps in my planner. it makes it feel a little too crowded for my taste (odd, I know). I tend to have a ton of different notebooks going at once for stuff like that!

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 6:55 AM

      Some of my brain dumps are meaningless babble and bitching and not worth anything to anyone but me. I too have dozens of notebooks with different brain dumps in them.

  12. Ashley @ SimmerandSprout

    January 6, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Great ideas! I love love love planners and just haven’t found the exact one that meets all my needs yet.

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 7:09 AM

      This is my first year I’ve really committed to a planner so I’m still learning and figuring out what works, what doesn’t.
      I really like the Happy Planner, because you can add pages or take out pages, whatever you want or need.

  13. Heather Cook

    January 6, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    I keep a list for music; sometimes I hear a song and want to download it, but I know I will forget it before I get back to my computer, so I’ve started logging the artist and title. Same thing for movies and books….

    I do like the idea of a running wishlist and the Last Time I… lists, as I lose track of things like cleaning makeup brushes, etc.

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 12:33 PM

      Cleaning makeup brushes!! I always forget I need to clean them until I am ready to use them!

  14. Eryn Lynum

    January 6, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    I love these ideas. I keep all my past planners, and once in a while I love to flip through them, just to walk through the past seasons of our life, and the details that got us to where we are. I keep an ongoing shopping list in my planner. And which meals we are eating on what days–even though they often get crossed off and changed 😉 I like seeing how much I’ve cooked in a week, etc. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM

      Isn’t it funny how we use our planners to look back as much as we look forward. I fully expect my planner, by the end of the year, to be a scrapbook of sorts of our year.

  15. Catia Hernandez Holm

    January 6, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I add inspirational quotes to my planner – and then I transfer them year to year! I still use a paper planner 😉

    1. Becky

      January 6, 2017 at 3:44 PM

      Inspirational quotes, motivational quotes, even Bible verses, the list of what you can include in your planner is endless.

  16. homewithmimiblog

    January 7, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    With all our tech devices, it seems that many people continue to prefer the pen-to-paper act of journaling and tracking. Thanks for some good ideas beyond the typical to-do lists.

    1. Becky

      January 8, 2017 at 6:26 AM

      I think, there is just something about seeing your life planned out or remembered in your own handwriting. It’s more personal. I know that at the end of the year, I’ll keep my planner so I can look back at my 2017.

  17. Cheryl

    January 7, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Happy to have found you through this morning’s SITS Girls Twitter chat. I’ve added in gratitude and fitness into my planner this year, but I LOVE your idea of “the last time I” notes. I never can seem to remember when it’s time to buy a new toothbrush. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Becky

      January 8, 2017 at 6:29 AM

      Gosh I just love Saturday mornings with The SITS Girls!
      Yes! Changing toothbrushes is another great idea to track. Someone earlier suggested washing makeup brushes. There is just so many things you can keep track of with “The Last Time I” list. Hmm I’m thinking maybe a printable needs to be made!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  18. Judith Krug-Smith

    November 3, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Data usage with our internet –

    1. Becky

      November 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM

      That’s a great idea!

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