Ways To Use Your Planner When You Have No Plans!

Hello Friends!

I hadn’t spoken to you guys since this entire pandemic happened. So many thoughts about that.

Needless to say this is a stressful time for everyone in some way or another. As one who leads a pretty busy life and to now have all this time on my hands is a relief, but can also be a little scary. Scary because as one who plans her every move, right now there pretty much is not that much to plan right?!?

Wrong!

As a planner girl for many years, I have found that there is ALWAYS something to write in a planner! It just depends on whether or not you want to. That’s why we’re here today!

If you are wanting to still use your planner, but are stuck as to what to use it for right now, I want to give you a few ideas of how you can use your planner to create somewhat a sense of normalcy around you. This also gives you a way to be creative if you’re needing an outlet.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can still get use out of that 2020 planner.

Write out your daily routine or start a new one routine.

This is one that I still do even now. I write out what my morning and evening routine is and I use my planner to keep me on track. Right now I’m in the process of starting a new morning and evening routine. I’m writing all the things I intend to do for the routines and then check them off. What I don’t get done or what hasn’t worked that week, I’ll review at the end of the week to see just where I need to adjust. This is a great way to form new habits.

Gratitude Journal

Sometimes when we’re going through something hard, it can be difficult to see the good. Taking a moment out of your day to write down what you’re grateful for, especially during this time, will definitely lift your spirit and encourage you. There is always something to be grateful for even in the midst of a pandemic.

Meal Tracker

Let’s just be honest, we’re home, we’re eating a little more, snacks right now are our friends! If you’re anything like me, when I actually take the time to write out the things I’ve eaten and track my meals, I am a lot less likely to eat things that may not be the best for me. Using your planner as a way to track your meals has several benefits and will definitely help you stay on track. Especially if you have set wellness goals for yourself.

Mental Health Log

A great way to use your planner is to daily track how you’re feeling mentally. I don’t know about you, but some of this stuff happening has really gotten to me some days. You all know how important and how much of an advocate I am for mental health. It really helps me to be able to look back over the days and see what patterns or types of behavior I’ve had during certain times. It’s also a great way to have an accurate account of my mental heath to share with my therapist.

Workout Log

I have another planner that I use just for fitness. I use this planner to write out the exact exercises I do on a daily basis. I also like to write how I felt during my workouts such as tired, energetic, dragging etc. I love seeing the progress that I make over the weeks and months.

Memory Keeper

Write down a memory from the day or something funny that may have happened. You could also write a quote or something that may have stuck with you. You could also take a photo and use for the memory for that particular day. With most of us being home right now or even if you’re not, memory keeping is a great way to document your daily happenings. We are spending quite a bit of time with our families and it would be nice to see look back the good that came out of this time when all of this is over. Memory keeping is not just for families and moms. Anyone can use them to document memories.

Here a few more ideas:

Bible Journalling

Reading planner

Crafting planner

Expense and finance planner/tracker

There you have it, just a few ways to use your planner for things other than appointments or to do’s that require you to leave the house. The possibilities are really endless.

There is no one way to use your planner. It’s yours, do whatever it is you’d like.

Those of you that are planner girls that have been in a rut and thinking joy have nothing to plan. I encourage you to pull your planner out and get creative!

If you use a planner, I’d love to know how you’re using it now.

Until next time!

Nicole

April 21, 2020

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