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Planning Life: 40 different planner uses

by Brandy Burke
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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.

Also – check out the Beginner Planning Supplies post to gather all the best supplies to start planning today!

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Planner Uses:

To Stay on Task:

On-going tasks and activities – planners are great for creating an on-going list of daily activities using checklist stickers this works great for both home-life daily check lists and work related tasks.

Deadlines and Project Tracking – break down project tasks in to bite sized chunks using your planner and project tracking stickers.

To Track and Maintain:

Income Tracking – use your planner to track finances – payments that come in from your 8-5, or from side hustles

Expense tracking – all expenses can be tracked in your planner either using a planner finance register insert or any number of adorable expense tracking stickers.

Orders/Deliveries – this is especially useful if you order planner supplies and other gadgets from aliexpress – the prices are ridiculously low but the shipping can take a while. Here’s my favorite order tracking sticker to use.

Debt Payoff – Track your debt payoff so that you can visually watch the progress you’re making.
Bills – on that same note – you can get these gorgeous bill pay stickers that will make writing that mortgage check sting a little less.

Household Maintenance – air filter and smoke detector battery replacement, repair and maintenance appointments – Check out these stickers to remind you it’s time to change the air filters.

Automobile Maintenance – this was especially helpful when my car was under warranty but also helps keep up with oil changes, tag renewal and even upping that turnpike pass.

Yard and Garden – time to spray for weeds or creepy crawlies? Bi-weekly reminders to water your succulents – not only are there cute ways to document this, but it also keeps your investments from turning brown.

Menus/meal plans  If you’re the family that eats at home every night (pat yourself on the back!) then meal planning is essential – you can find hundreds of meal planning stickers to use in your planner online.

Habit Tracking – Want to go to bed on time every night? Or only spend 1 hour a day with electronics? Habit trackers make this totally manageable.


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.

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. Check these movie tracker stickers– oh my word they are adorable!

Swaps/Trades – if you’re in a planner group or another craft trading group you likely already use your planner for this – here are some adorable free happy mail stickers that you can print for tracking incoming and outgoing happy mail.

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. By the way – if you’re on planner, follow the All Things Planners group board where all the planner bloggers put all of their fantastic new posts.

Party/social – Keep track of all the deets on parties and events as well as gift registry locations and RSVP deadlines.

Relationships – When is the last time you had a date night? Ate lunch at school with your child? Sent a card to your mama. Here’s a great date night sticker for your planner.

Volunteer Work – everyone can help a little more – from home room mom commitments to bake sale projects there are stickers for just about everything.

Planning – if you’re laughing at planning time for planning, you may not have been bitten by the planning bug just yet – here’s a planning sticker you definitely want to try.

Occasions – Birthdays Holidays and other special occasions, of course!

Wedding – planning your nuptials? Use a wedding planner to track it all

Personal Health

Mood – I love this – feeling blue? Track your moods using mood tracker stickers to help you see patterns and identify things that help.

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

Weight –  one of my favorite health professionals says that what you measure you can improve – writing down your goal weight and tracking it daily or weekly can help you reach your weight goals.

Exercise –  There are just too many cute exercise stickers not to track this one – oh, and it’s good for you too, I guess!

Water intake – Make sure you’re staying hydrated by using a daily hydration tracker.

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

Conditions and Symptoms –  I have heart failure and hashimotos and I can tell when my levels are off just by glancing in my planner.

Fertility/Menstrual – I use symbols in my planner. A red bullet point (circle) is the start, a black one is the end and a turquoise one is when I expect it to arrive.

Spirit and Reset

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.

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

Prayers – for those who have ever said “I’ll pray for you” but then forgot. Check out this prayer list planner sticker to keep you on point.

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

Document Life

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

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. This photo printer prints perfect 2X3 photos from your phone that fit beautifully in your planner spaces – and they’re already sticky!

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.


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.

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.

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Leslie January 10, 2017 - 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!

goodstuffmama January 11, 2017 - 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!

Abbey January 11, 2017 - 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!! 😀

goodstuffmama January 11, 2017 - 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.

Sarah Jean Althouse January 11, 2017 - 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!

goodstuffmama January 11, 2017 - 7:21 pm

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

michelle January 12, 2017 - 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

Carrie January 12, 2017 - 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

Kristine-Bites of Flavor January 12, 2017 - 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!

goodstuffmama January 12, 2017 - 3:11 pm

They really are a lifesaver! I actually have a free blog planner download here: http://goodstuffmama.com/the-best-blog-planner-free-download

Selina January 27, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Love LOVE using planners, great ideas!

Teresa April 3, 2017 - 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 .

Komposed April 16, 2017 - 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!

goodstuffmama April 17, 2017 - 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)!

Arye July 27, 2017 - 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.

Sharon Tovar-Davis January 3, 2018 - 6:27 pm

I have 3 planers. My life planer! This is my master calendar. My wallet. My everything. Then I have my financial planner. Then my business planner. This holds my leads, business cards, calendar for my events and such.

Magenta July 6, 2018 - 4:59 pm

I use a recollections planner. I’d like to try a lot of these but how could I possibly fit all of them in?

FL SandyToes October 9, 2019 - 3:50 pm

I was struggling to find a way to track my cross stitching. I belong to 2 FB groups that challenge me to stitch more each week, sometimes on up to 8 different pieces, Each group has 3-5 assignments per week, totaling up to 2000 possible stitches. We get assignments that are due in by Sunday, and it was getting hard to track them using Notes or other list apps on my Mac, especially since I try to use the same project for multiple tasks, It was just too confusing! I bought a weekly planner, but it really didn’t work much better, until it hit me that the days of the week were getting in my way. I switched to a bullet journal, began trying different layouts, and it’s all coming together.

Now my stitchy planner is uncluttered and I can see what I need to see at a glance. That visual thing is what was missing from list apps, and without the days it’s a much cleaner look. i’m using 2 pages per week, with column boxes for each group’s assignments, and another to list the number of stitches per project, which leaves me lots of white space for notes. I also figured out that I can easily use blank pages at the beginning or end of the journal for an x-y axis tracker to tell me how often I work on a given project and how many stitches I’ve made each week, with a yearly total, all in one thing. I’m still not perfectly content with the weekly layout, but it’s almost there, and the beauty of a blank journal (mine is dotted paper for easy box drawing) is that I can try new layouts every week if I choose. I use my calendar on my Mac/iPhone to keep track of appointments and hockey games for our grandsons.


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