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People who don't use planners are always asking me what I put in there.
In particular, though, I put appointments, deadlines, and task lists.
Oh, and some other stuff that non-planner people rarely consider, but that makes my life so much easier.
There are 3 types of planner entries that should be tracked or logged, in some way, day-to-day.
1. Routine Tasks (but ONLY IF you are still in the process of learning the routine)
TIP: Using a checklist for a few weeks is a great way to learn a new routine.
If you use an external checklist like the one in the above link, make sure to have a reminder to check the checklist (I call mine "Dailies" or "Chores") in your planner!
2. Goal Achievement
If you are working towards a goal (like Nanowrimo word counts or exercising for 30 minutes a day), track that so you know if you are reaching your goal.
TIP: Graph paper is usually the best way to track goal achievement.
3. Mandatory Daily Tasks
For example, if you must take a certain medication each day, without fail, the stakes are high enough to merit tracking (and an alarm on your phone) EVEN IF you usually remember.
TIP: A repeating task tag might be good enough. If you've moved the tab, you've done the task.
Don't bother with routine tasks that are extremely unimportant or that you do most days without a reminder. Those don't need a written reminder, and reminders that are unnecessary clutter up valuable planner space.
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