Documenting My Days: Five Things I Jot Down in My Planner

I am a part of the Illustrated Faith Launch Team, and I received the featured planner at no cost. All thoughts are my own.

I started back using a planner about two years ago. I needed somewhere to jot down all things that I wanted to do and needed to do from new project ideas to places to visit, and of course, appointments and such.  Since I have been planning for a few years now, the way I use my main day planner has changed, and this year I am going a bit further with documenting my year in my new Illustrated Faith planner from DaySpring.
Five ways I use my planner

Five Things I Document in My Planner

I write a daily to-do list.

I originally started planning to write down my daily plans.  This hasn't changed.  I still write down the things that I need to do around the house, places we are going, and appointments.  I keep my list short so that I am not overwhelmed, and I am intentional about what is written down in my planner.  I don't want the lines filled simply to be filled, but I want whatever is written to serve a true purpose.

I write my prayers for the week.

It wasn't long after I started planning that I began including a prayer list in my journal.  Since I check my planner most days, it is the perfect place to write down who I am praying for.  It also makes it easy for me to look back to see when I prayed about a specific thing.  This is cool especially after the prayers are answered. 

Illustrated Faith 18 Month Agenda from DaySpring

I write a gratitude list each day.

Last year I started writing a weekly gratitude list.  This year I am planning to take a moment each day to write down at least one thing I am grateful for in my planner.  I have been distracted a lot lately so I know this will help me to remain focused.

I keep my favorite picture of the week.

I am so excited about this new feature in my planner.  I thought about adding photos to my last planner, but I never took the time to incorporate it.  Since my Illustrated Faith planner is an 18 month agenda, I felt like it would be the perfect planner to start adding a weekly visual. I also keep my planners for the long haul just like I do with scrapbooks so there is no wonder that I am now wanting to add photographs to it. 

Scripture or quote that speaks to me. 

Each week I focus on a new Scripture or quote.  I write it at the top of my weekly spread so that I can read it each day. I have noticed that I am more focused and intentional when I have a Scripture to guide me for the week.  

Each month in the Illustrated Faith Planner is introduced with a Scripture or quote.

Each month in the Illustrated Faith Planner is introduced with a Scripture or quote.

No longer do I see my planner as a place for me to write down only my to-do list, but instead it is truly a special place where I document all the things that are important to me. I appreciate being able to look back at planners from the past to see which prayers have been answered and all the things we have done as a family.  

How do you use your planner?

Belinda, you're the winner!

Would you like to win your own Illustrated Faith 18 Month Planner?  Simply answer the question, "How do you use your planner?" in the comment section. The drawing will be open until June 5, 2017 11:59 CST.  I will draw a winner at random on June 6, 2017. The winner will receive the planner via mail from DaySpring. The winner has 48 hours to respond or the prize will forfeited.  The giveaway is open to any U. S. resident over the age 18 years old.  The prize has no monetary value.