Planning Life: 40 different planner uses for 2017

In this post, I’ll discuss planner uses, both how I use my planner and ideas for how you can use your planner.

My entire life is in this planner. Well, this planner and a few others – the thing is, planners have become not only a way to keep tasks on track and bodies where they need to be on time – they have also become a way that I document this incredible life God has blessed me with.

Not only do I plan ahead in my planner, but I also go back throughout the week and document happenings – making my planner like a textual scrapbook of my life. I’ve listed 40+ different planner uses below to get you thinking about ways to document your incredible life this year – and I encourage you to comment other possible ways.

Planner Uses:

Daily tasks and activities both my work activities and my daily errands are noted in my planner – the ones I plan in advance and a retrospective of my week. I never have to wonder when I mailed something or handled another errand.

Television shows I’m not a TV junkie by any means, but there are a few shows I don’t miss – well, two actually: This is Us and Grey’s Anatomy. I put them in my planner and then often, I go back and write a few words about it. Similar to the way Friends shows were titled.

Movies I don’t use my planner for movies, but I think a real cinema buff could find fun in tracking movies they’ve seen, release dates, etc in their planner.

Blog stats I have started using the best blog planner for my blog tracking but before this, my planner was where the information lived.

Blog Posts Both post writing and post publishing information.

Social media posts This is something I’ve always found incredibly difficult to keep up with, yet it’s a little easier in my planner.

Income tracker I track my paychecks, child support and all other income (date, amount and whether it has been deposited or not) in my planner.

Expenses Some choose to track every single thing they spend, I choose to note the big expenses, especially if they are financed.

daily habits this can be to help you manage them (nail biting, etc) or just normal daily habits (such as straightening your hair)

mood I love this – when my family says “you’ve been grumpy lately” I can flip open my planner, point out the happy faces and reply “nope”.

scripture what have you read in your bible? What do you plan to read?

gratitude I fail here sometimes, it’s not that I’m not thankful, I just need to be more disciplined in making a note of it.

cleaning self explanatory

household maintenance Changing air filters, washing outside windows ,etc

automobile maintenance For me, this is just my oil changes and appointments

Yard/Garden Time to spray? Time to water the indoor succulents? It’s all in my planner.

Bills blah.

Health I love using the healthy planner printable for all health related items in my planner.

Weight Not always an easy topic, but I like to notice fluctuations early on.

Exercise Not so active on this lately, but you could really plan your routines with this.

Water intake I honestly won’t drink water unless it’s to check it off my list.

Medications/vitamins/supplements I use the medicine tracker printable planner stickers in my planner

Health and symptoms I have heart failure and hashimotos and I can tell when my levels are off just by glancing in my planner.

Deadlines both work and extracurricular deadlines

Memories I love to go back and note memories of the day in empty spaces in my planner.

Goals Track goals and progress beginning to end.

Swaps and trades If you’re in planner swap groups, you probably already do this 🙂

Debt Payoff: I feel the same way about this as I do bills…blah!

Fertility/Menstrual: I use symbols in my planner. A red period for example 😀

Wedding information (brides) I’ve been married a long time, but I do wish I was a planner junkie back when it was wedding planning time!

Party/social keep track of social obligations, hostess gifts, RSVP deadlines.

Relationships When is the last time you had a date night? Ate lunch at school with your child?

Shopping Lists self explanatory

Accomplishments Yours and your families (ran 5K, student of the month)

Quotes fill empty spots with quotes that match your mood or ones that resonate with you.

Crafts I’m a Pinterest loving fool but sometimes, I’m on craft picture overload so I list the projects I plan to do, and the materials required and check them off the list.

Prayers for those who have ever said “I’ll pray for you” but then forgot.

Menus/meal plans This is the least followed plan in my planner, so now, I note what we ate afterwards to keep from duplicating too soon.

Birthdays/anniversaries/holidays obviously

Work/school I track outages events and schedules

Photos I love to print a photo of something we did that week on copy paper and slide it in to an empty spot in my planner

Notes to loved ones get a planner for each child and just write something about the day each day or a little love note to them. Pass it on at a later time.

Volunteer Work – everyone can help a little more

Planning – if you’re laughing at planning time for planning, you may not have been bitten by the planning bug just yet 🙂

This 44 planner uses are just the start of what your planner can be used for. Planners are so versatile and a quick search of pinterest could net you hundreds of more possibilities for planner uses based on your own lifestyle.

My planners are packed and I never throw them away, they’re the history of my life in my own words and I know that some day, my girls will enjoy browsing through them.

I’d love to hear of all your ideas for planner uses in the comments below!

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17 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I actually have a similar post drafted because I am in love with my Happy Planner by Create365. When I got it I wanted a planner I can put every little detail I need to keep up with in. I want to be able to flip to one page and have everything I need to do right in front of me. It helps me stay organized!

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      January 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I’d love to read that post if you publish it and compare notes – maybe you have things on the list I never even thought of!

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    January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    This is awesome! I just started using a planner again after several years off, and I love all of the ideas! PLAN ALL THE THINGS!! 😀

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      January 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Yes! Everything goes in the planner that I can possibly think of! Glad you’re using a planner again, I can’t imagine how I did life without one before.

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    Sarah Jean Althouse
    January 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my gosh I finally ordered a planner yesterday and I can’t wait until it gets here so I can start using it for all these reasons and more!

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      January 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Plan time to plan, it’s so addictive and so much fun!

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    January 12, 2017 at 4:37 am

    This is amazing and helpful. I love planners but I’m not much of a handwriter..I tend to draw blanks..but this could help

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    January 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

    These are some great ideas! I use a Bullet Journal, and have spreads for habits tracking, income/blog traffic, books I read and movies I want to watch (otherwise, my mind goes blank when we decide to rent a movie), among others.

    And the fertility tracker thing can be really golden. I always knew to the day when I conceived because I kept such good track! Helpful when doctors are trying to come up with your due date

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    Kristine-Bites of Flavor
    January 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Wow I really never thought about how useful a planner is! I need to get one to help me manage my blogging activities and goals. Thanks for sharing!

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      January 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      They really are a lifesaver! I actually have a free blog planner download here:

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    January 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Love LOVE using planners, great ideas!

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    April 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I have had a planner , off and on, for about 20 years. I am starting it up again. Thank you for the great ideas!
    I have Hashinotos too. No thyroid. I call my planner my brain .

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    April 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I bought a planner at the beginning of the year, but since then I’ve found out about bullet journals and have been thinking I bought the wrong thing. But this post has helped me to see my planner in a new way, and I think I’m going to get much more valuable use out of it now! Thank you for the ideas!

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      April 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      They call it “planner peace” when you finally find the planner/supplies/style that works for you – take a bit of time to find that (and I’m still working on it too)!

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    July 27, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Great blog! Where do you keep your to do list? I’ve been writing my daily but what do you do if not everything is complete for that day? Probably a silly question but I’m learning how to organize mine. Thanks.

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