Buying a brand new paper planner can be a bit overwhelming. I always find myself looking for planner ideas for items that I can track in my new planner to simplify my life. Since I often look for ideas like this online, I figured I’d write a post about it in the case that you all do the same.
25 Planner Ideas
1. Home Maintenance Tasks
Items such as when to change the water filter in the refrigerator, heat filter change dates, and adding salt to the water softener.
2. Home Expenses
Easily track mortgage payment due dates, insurance, property taxes, utilities, and more in your planner.
3. Cleaning Schedule
I’m one of those people who like to track a cleaning schedule to help myself stay on top of it. I will often make a cleaning list to add to my planner so that I can check off the areas when I’ve completed them.
4. Outdoor Tasks
Keep a schedule for mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, or other outdoor maintenance tasks.
5. Inspirational Photos
If you’re like me, you always have something in mind to remodel in your home. Use your planner to hold inspirational photos to help motivate you toward having your dream room!
Track sports schedules, school activities, parties and events, and more!
7. Birthdays and Anniversaries
Easily keep track of your friends and family member’s birthdays and anniversaries in your planner.
Keep tabs on all of your family’s doctor, dentist, and other appointments in your planner.
9. Address List
Do you send Christmas and Birthday cards to family members? If so, keep your address list and phone numbers in your planner.
Track your child’s first haircut, when they lose a tooth, or when your spouse gets a promotion. Use your planner to track dates, photos, and journaling about the event.
11. Daily Task List
Plan your day and check off your to-do list in your planner.
12. Meetings and Conference Calls
Keep track of your meeting times and check them off once they are over.
13. Project Notes
If you take notes on paper for your projects, use your planner to log these.
14. Contact List
Looking for a quick address or phone number? Keep a list of your contacts in your planner.
I know at my work, I have a number of passwords to constantly remember. Use your planner to keep track of your current passwords, and note when they need to be updated for security purposes.
16. Reading Lists
Do you have a goal to read so many books this year? Track books you’ve read in your planner.
17. DIY Projects
Working on a large knitting or crochet project? Creating t-shirts for your kids? Keep track of a supply list and when you expect to have it completed.
18. TV List
I’m obsessed with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO series, but with limited time, I often find myself planning in tv time! Keep track of your favorite series new release dates, and even plan date nights with tv time!
19. Play Dates, Date Nights, and Fun with Friends
Don’t forget to use your planner to plan a fun and romantic night out, play dates for your kids, and girls’/guys’ nights. I use mine to plan Bunco nights!
20. Hobby League Events
Planning to play on a golf or bowling league? Involved in a fishing tournament? Plan all of your hobby events in your planner!
21. Menu Planning
Plan out your meals using your planner. Do you have a hard time coming up with things to cook? Keeping track of them in a planner is a great way to track ideas you see on Pinterest to make later.
22. Grocery Lists
Planners are an easy place to keep your weekly grocery lists.
23. Car Maintenance
Track oil changes, tire rotation, and other car maintenance expenses so that those don’t sneak up on you.
24. Pantry List
Keep a monthly list of items you need to purchase for your pantry such as cleaning supplies, dry goods, and more.
25. Health and Fitness Goals
Track your water intake, steps, and fitness goals in your planner.
What are some of your favorite things to track in your planner?