Not sure what things to track in your planner? Or are you searching for more ideas than the usual Habit trackers or sleep trackers? Yes!? Fabulous, then that means you are in the right place.
I know what it’s like to be super keen to really utilise your new planner but have no idea where to start. Therefore, I’ve compiled a veritable feast of planner ideas and bullet journal inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.
I have left out the obvious things like appointments and events. I think it’s highly likely that you are already pretty good at tracking those things.
Here is my absolutely mahoosive list of 116 things to track in your planner, grouped into handy dandy categories:
Things to Track in Your Planner:
- Morning Routine
- Evening Routine
- Movement (Either full-on workout details, step counts or a simple tick for getting up and at em)
- A Done List – I love this idea for when life gets tough
- Water Intake
- Made Bed
- Going Outside
- Your Period
- Your Weight – Though I’d encourage you to throw the scale away, you truly don’t need it.
- Health Details
- Time – Aka Time management
- Pampering Ideas
- TV Shows
- Video Game Progress
- Board Games Played
- Card Games Learnt
- Personal Bests – No matter the game or sport
- Library Return Dates
- Time Spent on Social Media
- Pens Used in your Planner
- Time Spent Painting/Drawing
- Video/Book Notes – Go Learn things!
- Quotes/Poems/Words you like
- Music You Love
- Music Someone Else Loves
- Podcasts to Listen to
- Bin Day
- Shopping Lists
- Cleaning/Laundry Schedule
- When to Replace – Toothbrushes, Mattresses etc
- When Did I Last? – Things like having the windows cleaned or grass mowed etc
- The Weather
- Waiting On
- Household Projects – Fix that Fence, Save for new Roof etc
- Phone Contract End Dates
- Garden Plans
- Garden Details – Seeds Planted/Dates etc
- Net Worth
- Car Payments
- Saving Goals
- Holiday Savings
- No Spend Challenges
- Pen Pal Letters
- Date Nights
- Activities – Salsa Night, Bridge Club etc
- Friends Special Dates – Last Chemo, Date with New Beau etc.
- Phone Time – Connections with People you love
- Random Acts of Kindness
- Compliments – This is shown to help you make connections and make you feel good.
- Cute things your Kids did/said
- Cute things your pets did
- Letters/Notes from Friends/Loved Ones
- Ticket Stubs
- Travel Paraphernalia – Tickets, boarding passes etc.
- Currently Page
- Children’s Drawings/Paintings/Letters
- Children’s Milestones
- Project Planning
- Progress on big Assignments
- Reading Lists
- Booking Details
- Destination Research
- Places to Visit
- Holiday Budget
- Packing List
- Christmas – Food, Gifts, travel details etc.
- What You Eat
- Certain foods – ie Veggies or potential allergens
- Nourishing Foods You Ate
- Food Blogs You Love
- Meal Plans
- Restaurants to Try
- Food Inventory – Cupboards, Freezer & Fridge
- Fuel Prices
- Personal Maintenance Dates – Oil Changes, Wiper Fluid etc
- Professional Car Service – Last and next due.
- Tyre Changes
No matter what your personal situation, if you find yourself thinking… “What can I put in my planner?” then this list is for you.
I hope you have a good old gander through the list. Then you can see if something jumps out to be included on your spreads or weeklies.
Let me know in the comments if there is anything you think I have missed!
How to Choose What to Track?
I think the easiest way to find something new to track is to ask yourself what you want your planner to do for you.
For me, I have migrated into a Bullet Journal. After that, I went on a desperate search for bullet journal tracker ideas. In conclusion, it quickly became apparent that a bullet journal tracker just doesn’t work for me. For instance, I am not fond of trawling back through my journal for data points. In addition, I’m certainly not meticulous in my logging.
For instance, when I looked at what I wanted from my planner, I decided on 3 things:
- Focus – I write a daily to-do list in order to help me narrow down exactly what I want to get done.
- Memory Keeping – My memory is horrendous therefore writing down little details helps them stay in my brain. It also makes me feel better knowing that if I do forget, I can find it again.
- To Use One Notebook – I’m a Notebook Fiend and I needed to stop. Therefore, I wanted to embrace the Bullet Journal philosophy of “Just turn to the next blank page”.
Additionally, even a structured planner girl, would benefit from deciding what they want from their tracking.
Hopefully, doing so should help you narrow down the possibilities to something that will truly work for you and give you lots and lots of joy.