We’ve been overly criticised for our obsession with decorating our planner. Perhaps the most ridiculous critique of all is that we don’t write or use our decorated pages. This may be true once in a while, but, generally, we continuously and pain-stakingly strive towards enhancing our planner to promote productivity.
One of the easiest and quickest ways for your planner to help your creativity is using “trackers”.
What’s a tracker?
In the planner world, a tracker is a mini-table that uses ticks, checks, numbers, colours, etc. to help you monitor your task/s. Think of it as checklist: instead of writing the task/habit down multiple times, you can write it down once and, as a bonus, you can quickly see if you’ve been good.
What to track?
The most popular trackers are habit trackers, as you will see in the pictures below. But you can track any recurring tasks under the sun. You can even track moods, sleep patterns, etc.
Let’s get started!
Types of Trackers:
1. Daily Trackers
These trackers are placed in your daily pages or sections. It is great for stepped-tasks. In this case, I use it to track how many glasses of water I’ve had in a day. As you can see, I’m really bad!
2. Weekly and Monthly Trackers
Weekly trackers are great if you like to see your weekly progress. It’s useful if you like changing up what you like to track. Monthly trackers lets you see your progress for the whole month. It’s great for tasks that happen a few times a week.
I have a few examples of how to incorporate trackers in your planner.
This is a very simple way to add a tracker to your planner. If you have one or two activities to track, you can just chuck it in a page. Tip: place it next to your weekly box or your side bar/flap so you can easily get to it as the week goes on. Above, the pink arrow shows you the tracker on top of my week on a page or week at a glance.
2) Trackers on a Page
If you’re tracking multiple tasks, it’s useful to have them all on one page. I’ve two examples on my pocket planner to show you.
1. For one task that is done twice a day, you can layer the days to make one tracker. Here, I’m tracking skin care and social media. For skin are, I have an AM and a PM routine.
2. Use stickers! It’s very convenient. There are a lot of shops with that offer a page of just tracker stickers. In our personal kits, we have 2 trackers for you to use.
3. This tracker is used if the task isn’t just something you want to tick off. You can use this type for tracking water intake as well.
I’ve had to change the orientation of this tracker page because it is a pain to write on the left side of a tiny planner. But this is my favourite way to make a tracker page.
1. Same as the concept of the first tracker above, it also tracks habits that happen twice a day.
2. A similar concept to tasks you can tick-off. But instead of ticking off the day, you tick-off the space below. Plus, the same format can be used for...
3. Tasks that can’t be ticked off.
4. This is similar to 2 and 3, but the orientation is different. It just gives more variety to your page.
3) THE MOTHER OF ALL TRACKERS
This is a really versatile layout. This is a legit table that you’ve drawn on to a page of your tracker.
Write down dates, times etc. on the top row and the tasks on the first column. This is what I use to track my sleep hours. You can be creative with the lines too. There’s a version of this where 1 and 2 are switched out. Or you can format it so that you can make a bar or line graph.
1) Two pages
This next one is a monthly tracker on two pages. This works well if you take down notes for the task. On my page, I have the calendar on one page and the notes across from it. I use different coloured dots to track my tasks and at the bottom (2) has the index of the task.
2) One page
This is pretty compact but still has a lot of space for notes. The index got tinier but it still has all the information that you need. This is what I currently use to track my skincare.
Phew. This is the longest blog post I’ve made and took so long to put together. I’m hoping that this will be useful for beginners.