10 Ways to Organize Your Life with a Paper Planner

I use a paper planner to stay organized, which is something I’ve been doing for years now. In fact, it’s the tool that helped me finally stop using my phone as an alarm clock and get back into the habit of waking up on time (I’d forgotten how much easier it is to set an alarm on a bedside table than by reaching over and grabbing my phone). Of course, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you stay organized too; they’re just not quite as easy or convenient as having everything in one place. Plus, with a paper planner you don’t need to worry about battery life—or losing your entire calendar database because someone at Apple decided they needed more space on their servers!

Plan out your meals for the week on Sundays.

Planning out your meals for the week on Sundays is a good way to save money, eat healthier, and plan ahead.

Let’s look at those benefits in more detail.

Save Money

Planning your meals for the week saves you time and money by helping you stick to a budget. This is especially important when grocery shopping (or ordering in) during the busy work week. By planning out what you’re going to make for dinner each evening, it’s easier to avoid impulse purchases and unnecessary spending on unplanned food items—which means that buying dinner won’t break your bank account!

Use your paper planner to track your workouts, weight loss, and other health goals.

If you’ve set a goal to lose weight, run a marathon, or be healthier in some other way, use your planner to keep track of your progress. Write down the things that you have done and the things that you need to do. Also write down how much weight or inches lost, miles ran, etc. This will help keep you motivated when times get tough and remind yourself of what is possible when things are going well! Use this section as an opportunity for self-reflection: what did I do differently last week compared with last month? What about this month? How does it make me feel when I am successful at achieving my health goals? What have I learned from mistakes along the way?

If there are specific items or projects that need completing related to health goals (e.g., buying running shoes), write them down here as well so they don’t slip through the cracks while being busy with work/family/other commitments. If there are other tasks related specifically towards achieving these goals (e.g., making an appointment at the doctor), add those too!

Make a list of things you’d like to do within the next few months and years, then add these items to your paper planner.

  • When you’re out and about, you may have ideas pop into your head for the future. Make a list of things that you want to get done in the near future (and far future) and add them to the appropriate pages.
  • If you have a pen or pencil with you, jot down these thoughts as soon as possible. This will help keep them fresh in your mind and make sure they don’t escape!
  • Keep your planner in a place where it’s easily accessible when inspiration hits—in front of your bedside table or beside your computer desk would be good options.

Write down your monthly goals in your paper planner so you can refer back to them often.

  • Monthly goals are the things you want to accomplish in a month. They might include getting a certain amount of work done, making plans for an upcoming weekend, or buying ingredients for dinner on Friday night.
  • Write down your monthly goals in your planner so you can refer back to them often.
  • Referring back to your monthly goals helps keep you focused and makes sure that nothing slips through the cracks!

Keep a running list of things you need to buy for yourself and for others as gifts, then shop for it all once a month or every few weeks.

Keep a running list of things you need to buy for yourself and for others as gifts, then shop for it all once a month or every few weeks. This is an easy way to ensure that you don’t buy the same thing for everyone on your list. Make sure to keep track of what you have purchased so you don’t forget about gifts that are coming up!

Keep track of bills and when they’re due so you never have to worry about forgetting or have late payments.

If you’re a person who forgets to pay bills, or if you’ve ever sent a late payment, you know that the consequences can be costly. One way to avoid these situations is by keeping track of all your bills and when they are due.

If you don’t have one already, set up reminders on your calendar so that it’s impossible for bills to slip through the cracks. You can also use Google Calendar or other tools like Boomerang for Gmail add-ons to send yourself notifications about upcoming payments.

Another great tool is a bill tracker that shows each monthly expense and how much money comes in each month (like Mint). This will help give you an idea of how much money is left over after paying those pesky necessities—so when Christmas rolls around next year, there won’t be any surprises!

Schedule in time with friends and loved ones, so you can make sure you’re not missing out on seeing people you care about regularly.

  • Schedule in time with friends and loved ones, so you can make sure you’re not missing out on seeing people you care about regularly.
  • Schedule a regular date night with your partner or spouse.
  • Have a weekly or daily text thread with family members who are far away. Even if the conversation is brief, it’s nice to know there is someone else in your life who cares about what’s going on with you day-to-day!

Keep track of appointments, meetings, and other plans so you don’t forget them (or show up late).

Planning ahead is one of the best ways to save time, money, and energy. If you’re not a planner by nature or you feel like your life is too chaotic to plan ahead or stay organized, then try these tips for getting started:

  • Keep track of appointments and meetings so that you don’t forget them (or show up late).
  • Set reminders on your phone or computer for things that need to be done on a certain day and time.
  • Break projects down into smaller chunks so they seem less daunting. For example, if your project is “clean out my closet” then break that down into smaller steps such as sorting through clothes, donating items that no longer fit/match/work with what I have now etc…

Set aside time each week to check off things from the “to do” lists you’ve created throughout the month.

At the end of each month, you should take some time to look back at your monthly calendar and review what has happened. What did you do? How did things go? Did they go as planned? If not, why not? Then use this information to build your next month’s plan. You should also take a look at all of the “to do” lists that were created throughout the past month and check off each item that has been completed. This way, you can stay on top of things and make sure you’re not missing anything important before moving on to new tasks for next month.

Create a habit tracker so that you can track things like drinking more water or exercising more often, etc., that are important but don’t necessarily get written down on a daily basis as much as they should be.

The power of habit tracking is that it can help you change your habits. This can be a good thing, like drinking water or exercising more often. Or, it could be a bad thing, like eating too much junk food or spending too much time on social media.

The key to achieving any goal is making small changes every day until you get where you want to go. With this in mind, if someone has a goal of being healthier by exercising more often, they have to do something every day in order to achieve that goal—even if the only activity is taking a walk around the block after dinner once per day (which would add up over time!). By using a paper planner and creating one habit tracker per month (or however often works best for each individual), they would write down exactly what they did each day that helped them reach their overall health goals!

For example: Today was my first full day back home after my last assignment and I didn’t have any homework so I decided  to spend some time working out at home instead of going out with friends tonight because tomorrow we’re starting another big project together…

Using a paper planner can help you stay organized and accomplish more of your goals.

A paper planner is a great way to stay organized and accomplish more of your goals. Here are just some reasons why:

  • It helps you plan ahead, so you can be prepared for meetings, events, and birthdays.
  • You can keep track of important dates and events in one place without the hassle of digital calendars that may or may not sync with each other (and aren’t as easy to carry around).
  • It allows you to keep track of finances without having to go through all the steps of creating a budget online (which is much easier said than done).
  • It also makes it easy for you to see how much money is coming in and going out each month—keeping an eye on these numbers can help prevent overspending later on down the line!


Hopefully, these tips will help you stay organized and get more out of your planner. Whether it’s by using one for the first time or trying a new way of using your planner, these tricks will make life easier for anyone who uses them! You can buy one of our planners here.


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