What to Plan: From A-Z

by Annie Smith

September 2016

Are you ever stumped about what to write in your planner? I know I have been at times. We typically know to write down dentist appointments, playdates, our work schedule, and maybe even when a bill is due. But what else can or should go in your planner?

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Earlier this year, I came across a list of ideas of things to put in a planner. Right away, I knew this list was a valuable tool for fine-tuning my planner game. You can check out the original list* on my Pinterest board here.

This list follows an A-Z format and gives dozens of ideas for what to write in a planner.  I love this list so much I did a ten part series detailing each item over on my youtube channel.

I love how this list reminds me to keep the number for my plumber, before I have an emergency. It prompts me to make fun lists, like books to read, art to make, bucket lists, and ways to pamper myself. This list is so practical and keeps the wheels of my planner well oiled and running.

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I started adding in elements from this A-Z list, and my planner became a force to be reckoned with. Now, I not only have a visual reminder about a family member’s birthday on my monthly calendar, but I also created a task to mail a card several days before the event to make sure it arrives on time. I save time and money by meal planning and using my planner to wisely select menus.  I no longer stare blankly at bookshelves trying to decide which book to borrow or buy next, I have a list of things I wish to read right in my hand. My planner records it all, and this list guides me about what to write.

People say their planner is their brain, which is a funny expression, but oh-so-true! My planner holds all the relevant information I need to run my household, manage my kids, and fulfill the many roles I play everyday.

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We all have many hats that we are wearing all the time and I love how a planner helps manage those roles and the tasks that come with them. We can make lists, track patterns, create schedules or routines, and manage our time, meals and money. A planner is so much more than a paper calendar! A planner is one of the greatest tools in our lives empowering us to go beyond a simple calendar and manage all of life.

*credit for the list goes to thepolkadotposie.com; unfortunately a direct link to the original list on her website cannot be found, only the pin circulating on Pinterest.

Annie Smith is a wife, mother of 4, homeschool teacher, and planner enthusiast. When she’s not drinking coffee or changing diapers, she blogs regularly on her youtube channel. Merging pretty planner elements- like stickers, stamps, washi, and more- with functional planning is her specialty. She created the Pretty, Functional Planner Facebook group as a resource for those wanting to have fun with their planners, but needing to keep it highly functional at the same time. Her husband, an anti-planner, supports her addiction. She hopes to convert him to paper planning, eventually. You can follow her on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Periscope: @awifenmother, and Pinterest.


7 thoughts on “What to Plan: From A-Z

  • September 1, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    I have always thought my planner was an extension of my brain. On most days, I feel like my planner does most of the heavy lifting! 😀 You are right that it is SO much more than a paper calendar! Great article, and thanks for the link to the A-Z list!

  • September 1, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    I used to keep a planner like this….until it got too heavy to carry around! How do you deal with that issue? I even tried keeping a comprehensive one on my desk but it got too big!

  • September 1, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    I’ve seen the entire series! Congrats on the first issue!!!

  • September 2, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I have an A to Z list on my blog. Cant remember whats on there as its an old post but should find it if you click on the index. My blog is organiseyourlifeandmind.blogspot.co.uk


  • September 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    I love this idea! As you said our planners are our brains. This gives me more parts of my brain to put in my planner that I had not thought of thanks!

  • September 14, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    My planner (or should I say planners) are definitely an extension of my brain and I’d hate to think what would happen if I lost any one of them.
    Will definitely be checking out the rest of your series x

  • January 5, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Great article! Makes me want to set up a Home Management Binder.


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