Planning 101: 19 Ways to use a Planner


Most people who buy a planner love the customization of ring bound systems, as well as arc and spiral bound systems. One planner leads to another planner and before you know it, you have a collection of planners. Some people choose to use one at a time and switch between planners depending on the month or season. If you prefer to put your planners to work instead of leaving them on a shelf, I have put together a list of ways to put those planners to use.

  1. Inspiration Binder – Use this binder to store inspirational quotes, ideas, magazine or newspaper clippings. Write a paragraph here or there when you see something you like. You can include anything you like.
  2. Health and Fitness log – With the New Year right around the corner, what better way to track your health and fitness goals than in a planner? Log your goals and your progress as you go along. Kikki-K also has an article on how to make your planner into a Wellness Binder.
  3. Gratitude Binder- Create a planner for you to write something that you are grateful for. You can write daily, weekly or as often as you choose.
  4. Blog Planning – Keep track of ideas and due dates in this planner. Plan time ahead and schedule posts. This comes in very handy, especially when going on a vacation or when life takes you somewhere unexpected.
  5. Home Planner – In your home planner, Alexis from Strange and Charmed suggests keeping important documents such as insurance, warranties, etc. You can also use this as a main planner to keep appointments and important dates for the family.
  6. Meal planning – Figuring out what’s for dinner everyday can be a bit stressful, especially when working. Plan your meals ahead so you have one less thing to worry about each day.
  7. Journaling – You can jot down things you did or write a page or two describing the details of your day. Some people who have tried journaling started off with trying to write everyday which could be a bit overwhelming. Start your journaling off slow, here are a few ways for you to get started. Here is an example of how to get a journal started.
  8. Financial Planner – Many people struggle with keeping their finances in check. Start the year off right with a financial planner. Track spending, income and bills.
  9. Video Planning – For those of you with YouTube channels, use a Video planner to track the videos you’ve done, plan on when to make new ones and keep yourself on track.
  10. School – Use a school binder to keep track of assignments, due dates, classes and contacts of you partners and your professors/teachers.
  11. Address Book- Gather all those address pages that you’ve never used and put them into one binder so it’s easily accessible if anything were to happen to your phone.
  12. Church – Use a planner for writing down notes from service, jotting down your own ideas or interpretations, or as a bible journal.
  13. Scrapbook – Keep track of special events by decorating pages in your planner. You can do this directly on the weekly pages or on blank sheets of notepaper.
  14. Wedding planner – Have a wedding coming up? Use a planner to keep track of your guest lists, budget, bridal party, groomsmen, and all the people who help you along the way. Later you can look back on this and even share it with your children.
  15. Notebook – You can use a planner as a notebook for multiple categories. Photography, brain dumps, sports, or just to jot down an idea here or there.
  16. Travel – Keep track of all the places your visit while you travel. Store your train tickets, plane tickets, and stubs for all the places you visit. You can later add these to a scrapbook or a journal.
  17. Vehicle – Keep a planner in your car to keep track of battery changes, tire changes, accidents, payment and anything else related to the upkeep of your vehicle. This also makes it a lot easier if you ever plan to sell your vehicle.
  18. Storage – When you’ve finished using your insert, store the pages in a planner that you are no longer using.
  19. Wallet – Pocket and personal size planners are the best sizes to use as a wallet. Keep your important cards such as your license, and credit cards in the side pockets. Use business card holders to carry the rest of your store rewards cards and anything else that you would carry in your wallet. Here is an idea of how to turn your planner into a wallet.

If you have any other ideas, I’d would love to hear them. Or if you have a picture to share of how you’re using all your planners, please leave a comment below.


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