Have you ever looked at a planner and thought it was simply adorable and you had to have it? Yet, once you got it you had no idea what to do with it! The obvious way to use a pocket planner is on the go but many of us use our phone calendars when out and about to track appointments and other things and there isn’t a real need for a pocket planner.

But, if you’re like me, and just love the size of the pocket planner or just HAD TO HAVE the new colorblends version from Erin Condren, here are seven ideas for using the pocket planner!

  1. Bills or Budget Planning
    1. Use the calendar page to show all your pay days and bills due at a glance. You can use the side notes column to list your budget categories and your budgeted and actual amounts for the month.
    2. On the Dashboard you can list out your monthly goals, list any upcoming events that may add to your budget, and create a low or no spend tracker. The notes page can be used as an expense tracker for your checking or credit card. 
    3. On the weekly spread you can write when your bills are due, make notes about your purchases, and do a mini budget by paycheck on your pay days!
    4. The note pages can be used to create your category breakdown, monthly category comparison, debt pay down, and/or net worth info.
  2. Fitness Tracker
    1. Plan out your workouts on the monthly spread and use the notes column to track total mileage, weight, or any other stat you want for each week.
    2. On the dashboard, list out your goals, add any important dates (have a race or competition coming up?), and make a tracker! You can use the notes page for weight, body fat, and measurements.
    3. Use the weekly spreads to make notes about how your workout went, how you feel, stats, and weather.
    4. The note pages are perfect for a monthly recap, review, and start plotting the next month!
  3. Memory Keeping
    1. Note any upcoming events or important dates one the monthly calendar
    2. You can use the dashboard a few different ways like favorite photos from the month or make notes about what your favorite activity was. You can also plan out your activities!
    3. The weekly spreads are perfect for making a few lines about what you did that day.
    4. The notes page can either be a “Best of” or another photo dump!
  4. Personal Learning
    1. Use the monthly spread to plan out your monthly personal growth plans!
    2. The dashboard is perfect for your monthly goals and tracking any dates you may not be able to work on your growth. You can use the note side to make a tracker.
    3. You can use the weekly spreads to make a few notes about what you learned in the video, book, or article.
    4. The Notes page can be a monthly wrap up and looking ahead to the next month or quarter!
  5. Content Planning
    1. The monthly calendar is perfect for knowing when you are going to publish blog posts or videos.
    2. You can use the dashboard to track stats and growth goals. In important dates, enter those holidays you don’t want to miss posting about! And the notes page can be for all those ideas that pop up during the month.
    3. Put your social media posts in the weekly spreads. Note when you are going to post that Fitness Reel!
    4. In the notes section, track your affiliate link referrals and money coming in and out.
  6. Goal Setting
    1. Use the monthly calendar to plan when you will do the weekly actions you determine on the dashboard.
    2. Your goals can go on your dashboard and the weekly actions for each week on the notes side.
    3. Use the weekly spread as your to do list and check off as you go.
    4. Do your monthly reflection in the notes at the end of the month.
  7. Reading Tracker
    1. The monthly calendar can be used to track your days read, pages read, or when you stated and finished a book.
    2. Put your goals and the books you read in the month on the dashboard and track your ratings in the notes side.
    3. Use your weekly spread to do a mini book review for the book you finished that week!
    4. You can use the end notes pages to do a monthly faceoff to see which book was the best you read in the month! Or create a TBR (to be read) takedown to see if you are reading more than you are buying. 
    5. The extra note pages in the back would be a series tracker. Use a page or two for each series and mark off as you finish each book!

How would you use a pocket planner? Which of the seven ideas is your favorite?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.