Tracking what I’ve done is just as important to me as tracking what I need to do. You’d be surprised at how often I look back to see if or when I did something. So it was no surprise when I saw and fell in love with Maryanne Moll’s tracking pages. They were a little overwhelming at first, but once I really looked at them, I thought they were genius. So I downloaded the pages from Maryanne’s etsy shop and started using them.
But because I’m not Maryanne and I don’t have Maryanne’s life, the pages didn’t quite work for my life so I started making changes. And that led to more changes. And more changes. And pretty soon I was so overwhelmed with all the changes I had made that I abandoned the pages completely and went back to my Franklin Covey compact two pages per day.
And that’s when I realized that I’m a tracker, too, just like Maryanne – but on my Franklin Covey pages. I don’t have designated boxes for specific tasks or events like Maryanne does, but I use certain parts of my planner page for certain information. When I need to look back, I know exactly where to find different pieces of information.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
- Dinner menu.
- Tasks that need to be done.
- Special reminders. I don’t use the early morning section since I’m not an early riser so I use this for special reminders like birthdays, special events in other people’s lives, or a task that needs to be done as soon as I get up.
- Sometimes I use this for routine daily tasks and sometimes I use it for spending.
- Step total for the day.
- Anything related to David’s work (he’s self-employed).
- Notes about the day.
- David’s schedule but not his work stuff. It’s usually when he goes to the gym.
Tasks that need to be done sometime during the month go on the back of the monthly planner pages.
My monthly calendar also has a method.
- I apologize to the men, but I’m entering menopause and I track whether I had a period that month. It makes it easy to tell my doctor what’s going on.
- I usually record the beginning-of-the-month mileage on both our cars and put it here. This month I obviously didn’t do it.
- In the notes column I put pending items and details about items on the calendar. For example, I had a triangle on the days my grandkids were out of school.
- I record when my period is due so I can plan for it.
- When I record appointments or events on the calendar, if it’s a morning appointment it goes at the top; if it’s afternoon, it goes in the middle; if it’s evening, it goes at the bottom. I can see at a glance how many appointments I had in the morning, the afternoon and the evening.
So even though I don’t have specific boxes for information, I know exactly where everything goes. I’m definitely a tracker and I think Maryanne would be proud!
I love Maryanne’s pages and highly recommend them for anyone interested in tracking on their planner pages. You can find her on You Tube or Etsy. Even if you don’t use the tracking method, her videos are really helpful with lots of great ideas for using your planner. DISCLAIMER: I did not receive any compensation for sharing this information about Maryanne. I love her pages and her videos and wanted to share them with you if you haven’t seen them already.
This post is part of the The Planner Experience Link Up Party 004.