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Take your organization to the next level by adding these 100 things to track in your planner into your everyday planning routine.
If you know me at all, you know my deep, DEEP love for planners. I truly mean it when I say I would be lost without my daily planner.
When talking to my friends and family, there seems to be one common thing holding them back from hopping on the planner train. What do I put in my planner?
With so many pages and blank spaces, starting a planner can be an intimidating feat, I admit. But, there are SO many options for things to track in your planner. There is no reason to have an empty spot in your planner!
So often I hear people say, “I started a planner, but I forgot to use it!”.
That is a tell-tale sign that you are not using your planner to its full capacity. If you are really effectively and intentionally using your planner, you should be opening it at least once a day.
In order to do that, you have to go beyond the standard holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries and get creative with other helpful things to track in your planner.
Here are 100 useful things to track in your planner to get you started. Don’t feel that you have to tackle all 100 of these at once – especially if you are a planner beginner!
These are simply planner ideas to get you started on a better planner routine to, ultimately, organize every area of your life! Let’s jump into these planner tracker ideas!
100 Useful Things to Track in Your Daily Planner
Learn how to use your daily planner to its full capacity with these 100 ideas for things to put in your planner.
Household Things to Track in Your Planner
There are lots of things that go into keeping a household running. Use your planner to stay organized!
- Grocery shopping schedule
- Car maintenance
- Successful recipes
- Meal plans
- Grocery lists
- Plant watering schedule
- Trash/recycle schedule
- Pantry inventory
- Fridge/freezer inventory
- House chores (windows, dusting, etc.)
- Changing sheets
- New recipes to try
- Household projects/upkeep to do
- Maintenance calls/appointments
Financial Things to Track in Your Planner
Take charge of your finances by staying on track with these planner tracker ideas.
- Bill due dates
- Savings amount
- Budget plans
- Ways to save money
- Expenses list
- Account balances
- Income amount
- Pay days
- Debt amounts
- Financial usernames/passwords
- Spending tracker
Health Things to Track in Your Planner
You can use your planner to track your health – mental, physical, and emotional!
- Water intake
- Sleep time
- Daily medicine schedule
- Medication refill schedule
- Step tracker
- Doctor appointments
- Menstrual cycle
- Food/feeling tracker – track how certain foods make you feel!
- Screen time
- Dream journal
- Self-care routine
- Caffeine intake
- Alcohol intake
- Skincare routine
- Strength – If you workout, track how much you are lifting! You’re strong, girl!
- Salon appointments (hair, nails, skin, etc.)
- Flexibility progress
- Alone time
- Health goals
Fun Things to Track in Your Planner
All things recreation, entertainment, and fun – add some excitement to your planner!
- Books read – rate them too!
- TV shows watched
- Movies watched
- Craft projects – list those fun Pinterest DIYs you love!
- Podcasts to listen to
- Books to read
- TV shows to watch
- Movies to watch
- Fun ideas for when you get bored
- Favorite quotes
- New stores/restaurants/places to try
- Bucket lists – check out this bucket list for inspiration
- Jokes/funny quotes
- Things that make you happy
Social Things to Track in Your Planner
- Gift ideas
- Social get-togethers
- Phone call schedule
- Loved one’s birthdays/anniversaries
- Fun activities to do with a loved one
- Friend/family addresses
- Friend/family phone numbers
- Your wishlist (to share with loved ones)
- Service contacts (lawn care, maintenance, etc.)
- Neighbor contact info
- Social media usage
Travel Things to Track in Your Planner
Travel is such a beautiful thing! Whether you travel often or only dream of it, there are travel-related things to keep track of in your planner.
- Travel bucket list
- Travel history
- Carry-on essentials
- Warm weather packing essentials
- Cold weather packing essentials
- Toiletry essentials
- Travel tips
- Travel dates
- Airport schedules/plans (how long does security take again?)
- Sightseeing locations
- Hotel information
- Must-try restaurants
Everyday Things to Track in Your Planner
- Daily responsibilities
- Habits – check these 100 good daily habits for ideas
- To-do lists
- Dealines (work, home, school, etc.)
- Brain dump
- Vision board
- Daily photos
- Daily wins – celebrate little victories!
4 Tools for Your Planner Tracking
Coming up with the actual ideas for what to track in your planner is only part of the battle. You need to be well equipped with planner tools, essentials, and must-haves to really get the most out of your planning experience.
Here are the 5 planner tools I absolutely could not live without.
1. The RIGHT Planner
Choosing the RIGHT planner for your lifestyle is the biggest, most essential part of starting a planner you can stick with. If you find your planner difficult to use or unsatisfactorily laid out, you aren’t going to want to use it. Plain and simple.
Finding a planner that is visually appealing AND functional for your personal needs is a must.
Throughout my entire time in college, I used a Sugar Paper planner. I had zero complaints at the time. Sugar Paper planners are super functional with tons of additional features, extras, and fun accessories. I have an entire in-depth review of my Sugar Paper planner if you are looking for some honest details.
Just this past year, I have made the big switch to Erin Condren. Erin Condren feels like every planner’s dream planner. I finally made the commitment and purchased my CUSTOMIZED Erin Condren LifePlanner.
Erin Condren planners have TONS of different unique cover designs, are customizable with your own name and text, have various layout options, and are, as a whole, pretty affordable.
Not to mention, the customer service is amazing! My first order got lost in the mail (not their fault) and Erin Condren support overnighted me a brand new planner right away for free. Love them!
Ultimately, I made the switch from Sugar Paper to Erin Condren because the layout was more conducive to my lifestyle post-college. But, your life is going to look different than mine and, therefore, your planner will too.
Choose a planner that works best for YOU – and that you think is cute. Trust me, it makes a difference. 😉
2. Colored Pens
Yes, it’s true. My name is Delaney and I’m a color coder.
Hahaha, seriously though!! Color-coding your planner makes a HUGE difference.
When you are sorting through the things to track in your planner, it might be helpful to assign a color to each different category.
Color-coding is great for keeping your planner extra organized AND brightening it up a bit. I mean, who doesn’t love fun colors on every page?
That said, color code with intent. Assign different categories of your life a specific color and stick with it. Each of the above categories of things to track in your planner (health, home, finance, etc.) could be their own individual color.
Find a color-coding system that works for you, get some colored pens (gel pens are the best!!), and get to it!
3. Planner Stickers
My love for planner stickers runs deep. I have an entire drawer in my desk dedicated to my planner supplies and about 75% of it is STICKERS. Obsessed.
Stickers are a super affordable way to customize your own planner. It’s incredibly hard to find a planner that checks every single one of your planner-necessity boxes.
For example, I bought a planner that didn’t have a section for daily to-dos. So, I bought a pack of planner stickers that allowed me to add that in.
Planner stickers are both a fun and functional addition to your planner. They’re incredibly useful but, at the same time, incredibly cute – and typically super affordable too. Win, win, win!
Another huge reason I made the switch to Erin Condren was the HUGE selection of snap-in dashboards. Essentially, dashboards are like add-on pages and accessories to your planner. You just snap them into the binding and it’s like it was there all along.
There are dashboards for EVERYTHING. To-do lists, meal plans, checklists, habit trackers, weekly agendas, school trackers… the list goes on and on.
Dashboards are super helpful for tracking things in your planner because they give you the exact layout you need.
Want to focus on tracking your water intake, your sleep, and your daily step count? Get one habit tracker dashboard and you’re good to go. I just think dashboards are the coolest things.
What Things Will You Track in Your Planner?
There are 100 great planner ideas here to get you started on what to put in your planner. What ideas stood out to you? What will you track in your planner first? Let me know in a comment!
Happy Planning, My Planner Squad!