Using Daily Planners
Planners seem to be what everyone is talking about these days, and there is a reason for it. Because they provide so many benefits for your personal and professional life.
Often called “Daily planners”, they allow you to organize your day, keep up with goals and tasks, write down appointments and schedules, and track many different things.
This post is going to cover one specific area of the planner, which is the Daily Section. These are the pages where you are able to organize each day, and are meant to check in on a daily basis to ensure you are staying motivated and organized.
What to Track Daily
The first thing you will need to decide when using a daily planner is what you want to track on a daily basis. There are many things that go far beyond the basics like schedules and appointments, especially when you use printable pages or ones you are able to customize yourself.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Appointments and Responsibilities
The basic use of a planner is to keep track of everything you need to get done, create a reasonable schedule, and make sure you keep up with your responsibilities. This is of course going to be one of your main focuses when it comes down to what you can track on your daily planner pages.
This might include:
Meetings and work functions
Calls or emails to keep up with
Other miscellaneous tasks
This is for anything you need to remember to do, or what needs to be done on a specific day.
Goals, Tasks, and To-Do Lists
The daily planner pages are also great for any goals or tasks you might have. You can write down short-term and long-term goals, create task lists, then have to-do lists on certain days. For example, if you have a goal of saving a certain amount of money in the next 3 months, then you can work out how you will save money and when, then record on certain days how much money needs to be put in your savings account.
This works for any type of task or to-do list you might have, according to your personal goals.
Emotions, Moods, and Triggers
Daily planner pages are often customized according to your personal goals and what you are using the planner for. For example, if you are tracking your moods and emotions due to anxiety or depression, or because you have been dealing with a lot of stress lately, the daily planner pages are perfect for this.
These pages offer a lot more space for recording this information, as opposed to weekly or monthly planner spreads. On the daily pages, you can put what your moods are, add triggers for stress or anxiety, note how you feel and what was worrying you.
In addition to the previous ideas, there are other things you can track on daily planner pages for your health. Here are some ideas:
Water you drink
What you eat
Number of calories, sugar, carbs, protein, or other stats
If you stayed on track with your food
Any medical issues, like headaches or chronic pain
Lastly, you can use the daily planner pages for your daily habits. Maybe you are starting a new morning routine where you do yoga, write in your journal, and read a chapter in your current book. You can track what you did each day as part of your routine.