Don’t know what things you can track in your planner? You’ve come to the right place! This is an extensive overview of some of the different types of trackers you can include in your planner right now!
Regardless of the type of planner you have, there are so many things you can track in your planner. Bullet Journalers have made trackers very popular. And I mean you can essentially track anything you want in your planner.
Sticker shops even sell stickers that make daily, weekly, and monthly tracker stickers! There is something for everyone! You can find some of my Favorite Sticker Shops on one of my posts and look at the tracker stickers they offer!
Are you just starting out with your planner and want to learn some things you can track in your planner?
Girl you are at the right place! Planning is the first topic of my blog, so I’ve got a lot of information about it! If you are just starting to track things in your planner, you might not know where to start. That’s what I’m here for!
What are Trackers?
Trackers are a tough category because they are all so individual to the person. Some trackers can serve as a form of organization, and some that might not have any purpose at all. I personally had trackers that I used every day, and decided not to use for the next month. Your planning style can change, and therefore what you want/ need to track in your planner can change too!
If you want to start tracking some things in your planner, I’ve created a list of some places you can start! You don’t have to include allllll of these in your planner – in fact you don’t have to include any of them! Pick, choose, and create spreads in your planner that you want. Whatever will make you feel less overwhelmed, be more productive, and have an organized life!
Here are Things You Can Track In Your Planner
Track Your Annual Goals
Living a productive life means you are working towards your end goals. When you create a goal you create a plan to achieve it, which is why annual goals are a great thing to track in your planner.
I personally like to set one big goal for the year. Then create goals of accomplishments working toward the goal, that I will want to hit throughout the year.
Another option is creating a goal for every aspect of your life. Do you want to move into a new house? Find your dream job? What do you want to have accomplished by the end of the year?
Most pre-bought planners will offer some notes pages where you can write down your annual goals for the current and upcoming years. Bullet journalers create some incredible spreads to cater to their style of planning. You can even write them on a sticky note and post it on your mirror.
However you do it, tracking your annual goals is a great way to keep yourself focused on your goals. I recommend tracking them anyway you see fit, but just start tracking them! It can also serve as inspiration when you look back. Look what you’ve accomplished!
Let’s start with the most obvious tracker of them all, your daily log. This is your list of things you want to get done for the day. You can go a step further and break them down by importance or even set them up on a timeline. However you want to do it, tracking your daily log is a great way to keep yourself organized!
Here are 2 FREE PRINTABLES that I created to track your daily log!
Simply click, save, and print as many times as you need to! You can read more about how to actually get things checked off your to do list and tracking your day on my blog! That’ll also give you more info about the Printables!
This was probably another obvious thing to track in your planner, regardless of the style of planner you have. Tracking your weekly tasks is one of the simplest and easiest ways to start living an organized life.
You can essentially track anything you want to during the week. Want to track your work schedule? What about if your daughter has gymnastics? The options here are unbelievable, and you can create whatever kind of tracker for your week that you want or need.
Tracking your weekly tasks and to dos can improve the organizing of your life. They are extremely important to add in your planner! It’s a great way to stay on top of your duties while also being productive enough to actually get them done! Want to learn how to actually get things checked off your to do list? Check it out!
Taking your weekly tasks one step further, you can track your monthly obligations in one place with a monthly overview. This is where you can log any upcoming information for the month that you want to remember!
I like to include any flights, holidays, and birthdays on my monthly overviews, right off the bat! These are things that it’s kind of a big deal if I miss them so I want to keep track of them. You can also include your pay days, days bills are due, and appointments.
Where a weekly task tracking page is great for the day, the monthly overview has all the most important information in one place. I don’t have to flip through the weeks to find a reminder, it’s already logged in my monthly overview.
Remember when I said you can take one annual task and break it into smaller ones? Kind of like milestones that are working towards your annual goal? You can put those here each month! That way you can create your plans for the upcoming weeks to achieve your monthly goal. (which will achieve your annual goal)
Planning is great not only for the now, and looking back on the past. It’s also great to use when planning your future! Are there any goals you want to achieve by next year? Write them out!
I like to have a list of future projects I want to get done. Additionally I have a Honey Do list where I am constantly finding Pinterest projects I want Brad ot help me make for the house. About twice a month we set out time during our weekend to get one thing done off this list.
Having one page dedicated to things I want to get done in the future is a great way to keep myself motivated. I use it in conjunction with my monthly planning and create steps to succeeding along the way!
Track Your Meals
You don’t have to be on a strict diet to want to track what you are eating. In fact, there are countless ways people track their meals in their planners.
If you aren’t currently tracking your meal planning, you might be losing money you didn’t even notice! I have a blog post coming soon all about meal planning, so make sure you are subscribed! Having a place to write out your meal plan for the week can also help on those long grocery shopping days.
When you are able to plan out what you are going to eat you can be conscious about what you buy from the store. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It can even be a piece of paper you put on your fridge!
If you want to learn all about why you should be meal planning, make sure to check it out! There’s even a weekly meal planning printable freebie included!
Okay having a grocery list for me is essential. I have one on my phone that I update with random things I think about through the week. Then the one in my planner. And then the one on the fridge.
This can also go greatly with your meal planning tracker! When you are planning out your meals for the week, add any ingredients you will need to make the foods you just planned. It’s a simple way to keep your food buying organized while also limiting the amount of trips you have to take to the grocery store!
Recipes to Try
Tracking recipes you like and want to try might be another great addition to your planner. I find approximately 4 recipes between Facebook and Pinterest that I want to try, per day! When I started writing them down I started actually making things I wanted to, it was a lot of fun!
Just like with the above, having a recipes tracker can help you when you are meal planning. Don’t have any idea what to cook this Friday? Flip to your recipes to try, and make something new! Brad and I like to cook one new thing a week with each other, that’s why I have one of these trackers in my planner!
What Was For Dinner
Okay this way is a shout out to all my sticker planners out there. Sticker kits will typically come stock with stickers that you can put on each day of the week, where you write down what you ate for dinner. I don’t know why it excites me, but it does!
My favorite way to mark what I’ve had for dinner is when Brad and I cook it together (or he cooks and I watch). It’s a cute addition to my weekly spreads!
Health and Wellness Trackers
Your planner is an ideal place to start tracking your health and wellness. I use a couple spread across all different types of planners!
Here you can set out an exercise plan (arms one day, back another, legs on Friday etc.) and track the days you go to the gym. I like to write down how long I worked out for as well as the time it takes me to run my mines.
These can be tailored to any kind of exercise you want to track! It can be extra helpful when tracking your stats if you are working towards any kind of fitness goal.
As someone who suffers with migraines and back pain, I like to have an area where I track when I have migraines. I write down how long they lasted and rank them in terms of severity. I can then look back at my weekly and daily logs and see if there are any stressors that bring on my migraines!
Example of my back pain tracker:
I also like to log the days that my back pain is worse than normal. Every couple of months I go to my spine doctor and we look over the days that resulted in the most pain.
Then we look over what kind of activity I was doing beforehand to see if there are any areas I can limit the use of my back.
My doctor told me to start this back when I first had my accident in 2014. Since then it has been extremely useful! I can look at any potential stressors and alter my lifestyle to limit my pain!
Using a symptom tracker in your planner can give you helpful insight to anything!
Whether you are tracking when you take your medicine, what kind of medicine you are taking, or symptoms, a medicine tracker can also be highly informational. It’s also nice to know when you last took something. For me I can only take my migraine medicine once in a 48 hour period. You’d be surprised how many times I have to look back and make sure I’m still on the right track!
Track Your Finances
There are simply too many things to list in this category! Your planner is your roadmap to your life. It just makes sense to track your finance in your planner! What’s cool about this kind of tracker is you can see your success reflected in monetary value.
It’s taken some time to refine my perfect finance trackers, because my life is constantly changing. That’s some pretty motivating information right there. Stay tuned for a post all about tracking your finances!
Using these kinds of trackers in conjunction with your weekly to do list and daily schedule can keep you on top of all your priorities! These can be things that happen each week, or every other week, so you are always prepared.
I’m currently in the middle of quite a few shows. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember when new episodes are coming on. I can not miss a single episode of Supernatural, so writing down when new episodes air is crucial for me.
Whether your tasks are the same each week, or there are new assignments constantly, tracking them with an assignment tracker can make sure you never miss a due date! This can be ideal for students as well. Since there are constantly new things you have to do each week, keeping track of them through an assignments tracker can be really useful!
Would you be interested in some top planning strategies for students? Let me know! I learned a lot in my 5.5 years of undergrad and throughout my masters!
Are there things that you want to do every day? Like take a walk, drink 8 cups of water, or clean the litter box? You might love using habit trackers! It’s a great way to visually be able to see whatever you want to keep track of!
There are ways you can utilize your habit tracker to even encourage you to do the things you want to do! I like to include a habit tracker that tracks when I have me time. I’m currently learning how to say no and focus on myself. So tracking when I set aside time for myself is a must!
Having a place to log your household tasks each week might require its own planner! Upkeep in your house includes a lot of things, but you can simply add them in the planner you are already using!
Do you have a typical cleaning schedule each week? Like I like to do laundry on Sunday and Friday, clean the kitchen every Monday, and vacuum each Saturday. Having a plan for each week keeps me on top of my household chores!
Bullet journalers have made this concept extremely satisfying to look at! They draw a square for everyday of the year and fill it in with a color that is associated with a mood. I personally like to do this each month, and I can look back and see how moody I was.
I also like to use this in conjunction with a period tracker, which I like to refer to as my Redrum spread! Here I can look back and see that the reason I was really emotional and cried when my cat licked me was because I was about to start!
This is one of my productivity secrets! A master log serves as one place where you can put any task down. It’s one of my favorite ways to create my daily, weekly, and monthly to do lists. I simply take my master long and then divide it up based on priority and date.
Keeping a master log also keeps you from multitasking. Which is the first lesson in productivity. Check out how Multitasking is Killing Your Productivity to learn more. Don’t let this list overwhelm you! It’s not a super long to do list. It’s a way to organize what you want to get accomplished over the next however amount of time.
Trackers that lay out and track your schedules can be great additions to your planner! They can be created visually with drawings or laid out with stickers and a pen. Either way, having one place where you can see your schedules can help you stay on track of your already busy life.
Use the trackers below as examples on how to keep your day to day life consistent, and as worry free as it can be! You don’t have to schedule out your day. But I can guarantee it can help you become overall more effective and productive each day!
Did you know the reason that we keep little kid’s days so scheduled is because they thrive on the organization? If one thing happens that upsets their plan, that’s probably when you get those fits.
Well, we need to keep that established in our own lives. As humans in general we tend to succeed when we start each morning with an established routine. It allows time for our brain to recharge and get ready for the day ahead. When you don’t have your mornings planned out, that is when you go into a frenzy and start running around frantically each morning.
Would you rather know what you’re going to wear tomorrow already decided? Or would you rather wake up and have to spend time figuring that out first thing in the morning. This is why having a morning routine can be utilized!
Just like with your morning routine, a nightly routine can be something you might want to track. I like to note that after work each day I come home and go straight to the gym. After an hour we walk home and cook dinner. Then I shower and do my skincare routine. I do essentially the same thing every night!
Again, this doesn’t even have to be something you write down. By simply having a plan that you do each and every night can help you calm down from the day. Knowing my evenings and nights are planned out in a way that helps me destress and refocus my brain onto a different aspect of my life. Turning off work mode and on relax mode is a lot easier to do when I can track my night time routine.
If you want to create the perfect night time routine, I’ve got you covered!
Combine your morning and night routine, and whatever is in the middle in a tracker about your ideal day. Here you can put ideally what time you get up, start your day, get to work, cook dinner, and anything else you want to aim to do every day.
The goal of this spread is not to limit each day to be the same. It can serve as a typical way you want your day organized! For me this helps my anxiety, because I know that it helps when I am feeling uncertain about tomorrow. – Prime example of how a planner is personal to each and every person!
Daily Work Timeline
I make these so I can have an overview of what my typical day will look like. For instance I would block out Monday – Friday at a certain time for school. An hour each day for freelance work, etc. It’s like an overview of what each day will look like.
Personally I like to create a spread for what a typical week looks like. I will block out the time needed
Things to Track Just For You
What I think is so cool about planners, you can create spreads that don’t necessarily help with productivity issues, but they are really fun to look back on. I’m talking about the spreads that you add to throughout the year. They track instances or thoughts instead of times you actually did something.
As I am sure you are tired of hearing me say by now… Planners can have whatever you need or want them to. Below are just a few of my favorite things that I track in my own planner! Of course you don’t have to add these, but I like having them!
They say that those who acknowledge what they are grateful for live more fulfilled, happier and less stress lives. Sign me up! I personally use planner stickers to mark this in my weekly spreads!
When you are planning with stickers there will be these half box stickers. I like to put one on my sidebar (which serves as my weekly overview) to mark what I am thankful for that week. This is just one of many different ways you can track what you are grateful for!
This is a great example of trackers that don’t really serve a productivity purpose, but can be beneficial in your actual life. Your gratitude list can be something you think about each morning or you can view it when looking back over your day. However you do it, it’s a pretty incredible thing to track in your planner.
We work hard, in fact we work really hard. But how many times do you actually sit and look back on all you’ve accomplished? You achieve so much in so little time. That’s why I think adding a tracker for your accomplishments is such a great addition to your planner!
In my ring bound planner each month is accompanied by a notes page. This is where I like to have a special spot where I can list anything that I want to remember that I did! Seems like a silly concept, but it’s really helped me overcome my mental issues on how I view myself.
Just like it’s important to take time and focus on yourself, it’s important to reward yourself for what you accomplish. You need to be your own biggest fan! Adding this kind of tracker in your planner can help you with that!
One Line a Day
This might not seem special when you are doing it, but it’s a really funny way to look back on the days. At the end of each day you’ll write down a sentence or line that sums up how your day was.
Looking back at mine there are 3 that really stick out to me:
- April 16: Welcome home Weasley! = The day we rescued and brought home our newest fur baby
- July 9: Sweating, just a lot of sweating. = This was the day our ac went out in the middle of summer in South Louisiana.
- November 28: Way too much macaroni and deep fried turkey. + Obviously this was Thanksgiving day!
I personally liked doing this throughout my planner because it also offers me time to sit down and be thankful. For the day, for the people I spend it with, everything. And it’s a pretty cute way to remember some moments you don’t want to forget!
Similar to my one line a day, I like to track things that happen throughout the day that make me happy. For instance in my monthly planner overview I like to put a heart next to the days that Brad and I do something special together. It can mark days we went on a date, when he cooks me dinner, or when we take the dogs to a new park.
I also like to mark these events with stickers! Functional stickers are great for marking little moments that you want to remember. While it might not help you with being productive, it can help you remember that there is good that happens. Even on shitty days!
Okay this one was cute to do when I was working in an Elementary School. Since the first day of work I liked to carry a planner around with me, for special moments. When one of my kids would say something that either made me cry from sweetness or pure humor, I wrote them down.
Granted they might not really be inspirational quotes, but they inspired me to get throughout the day. I mean one of my kids said during carpet time “Just don’t wear orange, and be nice to your friends.” I can’t argue that that isn’t inspirational!
You can also write down actual inspirational quotes you come across throughout the weeks. Sometimes I’ll see something on Pinterest or in my quiet times that I really want to remember. It can be a pretty cool place to flip to in your planner when you’re feeling overwhelmed or defeated.
What are you going to start tracking?
As you can probably tell, there are a lot of things you can track in your planner. while this list is extensive, there are still others I could have included! I think this is a great starting point for those who are just starting out in the planning community and are new to trackers.
What’s great about planning, like I’ve said probably 500 times, is you can tailor them to meet your specific needs.
Take the time to figure out what trackers work best for you. Start one, and realize you hate it? Don’t do it next month. Starting a new job and want to start tracking something you weren’t before? Add it in there!
Using trackers in your planner are a great way to keep you organized and productive! Happy planning 🙂