by Cori Large
Who has forgotten to change the air filter in the HVAC system? Or doesn’t remember the last time the oil was changed in the car? Poured RidEx down the toilet for a septic tank treatment? How long has it been since I’ve had a Stitch’n’Bitch with Katie? When was the last BBQ competition the Crew had?
In a previous article, I listed different ways blank monthly inserts could be used for tracking various parts of your life. But what about tracking things that only happen once a month or a couple times a year? If you’re like me, and only keep a few months at a time in your planner, I have a new suggestion to share with you! And while ETSY is awash with planner inserts of all kinds, sometimes you need to go back the basics.
I have two different layouts in my planner’s Collections section. One is a simple piece of scratch paper with the item I’m tracking (something that has to be done monthly at the house) with two columns underneath: J-J and J-D listed out to signify each month.
The second layout is an insert design I originally saw the idea on Pinterest, but have adapted it for my own planner so I cannot take credit for it. It has three columns: the first to list the task at hand, and the next two are for listing the two most recent dates you did that thing. I have two of these pages; and use one for non-monthly tracking of house items and the other for seeing how long it’s been since I’ve gotten together with a particular friend. (I’m horrible about socializing!)
Both setups can be recreated very easily on the computer or using notepaper. For those who have read my previous articles and watched my YouTube videos, you know I’m not a fan of paying a lot of money for a simple insert.
Cori Large is a writer, knitter, blogger, YouTuber, and librarian. When not working on her fictional worlds, nonfiction pieces, blog posts, filming YouTube videos, writing fiction, or knitting, she is taming research dragons as an academic librarian. She can be reached at her website, YouTube Channel, Knitting Podcast, Instagram (@cori.large), and Facebook Page.