Having started in a new planner I am doing trial and error weekly spreads to see what will work best for me. Many of you may know that I am medicated for bipolar so keeping a record of my mood on a daily basis plays an important role in my stability.
I have created a key of sorts and will use it throughout the month of August. I prepared each day with a mood bubble and a split square to write my work schedule in on one half and the other half will be used to document the money I earned each shift. This is also important because I earn a living off of cash tips. Keeping a record of my earnings holds me responsible for paying bills and monitors my spending. At the end of each week, I will total my earnings and write down what amount goes towards bills, what I have in my checking and savings accounts and what the remainder is. I have found this system to work so well that it has been transferred from my last planner.
Next, I write all bill payments in red ink so that they stand out as important. I’ve never color coded but I think this will help to remind me ahead of time when a bill is due. I also signified bills with the dollar sign drawn in the due date box.
I will be honest and say I almost didn’t post this entry because I am not satisfied with the looks of my weekly spread. I got a little too anxious and filled in the month before thoroughly thinking through how I wanted it to look. So …. There is white out everywhere and I will attempt a better, prettier layout for next month. This will work for now.
You can see in the left column that I have my “mood bubble” with a square under it. For this month that is all, I am tracking. I keep a log, on the grid sheet at the end of each month, for charting my weekly income.
This is a basic set up for me. Being that I document daily, I leave enough space open to jot down anything that happened on that day. While decorating I was hesitant to use too much space. Next month I am debating on doing more habit tracking. My planner is duly used for events and tasks, scheduling and income, making the open space limited.
What habits do you track? Do you track them so that you may improve? What does your weekly layout look like? Let’s chat in the comments!