Last week I decided to go back to basics and write about 5 sections that are essential to a planning system.
A planning system is personal and most of us like to make it our own. There are no golden rules.
This week, I thought I’d share what I don’t put in my planner.
I’m sure most people would find this surprising. Almost every planner set-up I’ve seen out there, has some sort of budget.
But, I work in finance and for me, budgets mean spreadsheets. So it’s just natural that I have my budget on spreadsheet backed up to my Dropbox account.
I have a separate notebook for a journal which I keep at home. I like having a regular notebook to journal in becuase I tend to write a few pages at time.
I also think there’s a matter of privacy. If someone decides to flip through my planner or I leave it somewhere, I don’t really have to worry.
For a month now, I’ve been writing in a line of gratitude. I used to do this in my journal but then, on the days I didn’t journal, I would miss out on the gratitude as well. So, I decided to start writing it at the end of each day in my planner. This way, I don’t miss the gratitude writing and I look at my planner before I sleep.
3. Color Coding
When I write in my planner, I usually just pick up whatever pen is nearby.
Believe me, I always have a whole bunch of pens nearby. I think if I decide never to buy another pen for the rest of my life, I will still be ok!
So my planner is usually a whole mash up of different shades that are not coordinated. I know I’ll never be able to keep things straight if I try to color code. It’s just not for me.
I will however, add the occasional sticker (usually borrowed from my daughter) or do a little artwork to spruce things up.
4. Recurring Tasks
I mostly never forget recurring tasks. Mostly!
On occasion when there’s something new, like staring a course of medication, I will put it in my phone with a reminder.
The only recurring items that I put in my planner are probably bill payment dates.
5. Habit Trackers
I’m yet to get on the habit tracker bandwagon. I do track a few things in my planner – gym days (recent addition), books I’ve read, shows I’ve watched.
When I was studying for my professional certification, I used the “don’t break the chain” system to make studying a habit. I just made sure I opened my book without fail everyday. This is how I started with the gym as well about 3 months ago.
One of these days, I will give the habit tracker a try.
That’s it! These are five items that I’ve seen in the planning community but I don’t put in my planner.
Are there any common items that you don’t put in your planner?
I’m with you on most of those exclusions…. my planner is a work horse but there are certain things that I just won’t ever use. Trackers are not for me and reoccurring tasks are already cemented into my routine.
I’d love to say that I actually stick to a personal budget…. but even if I did, it would more likely be in a spreadsheet (like all my work ones!)
What I love the most about this planner business is that we can all individualise to make them work for us!
Thanks for your post ☺️
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