Well, what a year 2020 has turned out to be, and can’t believe how fast we are all now approaching 2021!

What a year 2020 turned out to be
Photo by Immo Wegmann on Unsplash

You’re probably figuring out how to kick off the year right for 2021 and deciding on what projects you’re looking to working on? What better way to do that than to have yourself a project planner that’ll help you stay on track with all your plans.

For 2020, I have been using my new Digital Planner that I launched back earlier in the year to logging all my daily tracking and combining all the stitch tracking with an Excel spreadsheet monthly to keep myself motivated and focused on my projects for the year.

project planner

So has the tracking worked?

It is a real eye-opener to watch month by month the progress made by looking at it on a bar trending spreadsheet. You get to see at-a-glance what you have achieved to-date and where some of your projects might be being forgotten or neglected.

I update the information into the excel spreadsheet monthly and check my tracker view of the year as I go to easily see where there is a neglected project, I ask myself a couple of simple questions…..

  1. Do I really like this project?
  2. Why have I not stitching on this one?
  3. Is this to be a UFO project?
  4. Do I try to make this a focus piece next month?

Digital Planner VS spreadsheet or both?

I always have my Ipad or Android next to me (actively using one or the other for stitching, depending on if I am using GoodNotes or Pattern Keeper for stitching) that day. Either way, both are always sat by my stitching-spot so that at the end of my stitching session I can quickly jot down what I have stitched on for the day.

I love having the digital planner at my fingertips to make sure I can write down what threads I need or notes and idea’s as I think of them. It is always a good idea to have your planner to hand when you’re watching Flosstube – just for that enabling moment… We all have them!

The thing that really keeps me on track is my excel spreadsheet. It allows me to see everything for the month with trending bars and the overview for the year, I find it gives me a very clear picture of where I am at with my stitching, reminds me of projects I might have neglected, and keeps me accountable if I have a focus project that I am trying to complete or meet my own set goals.

If like me, you like to know how you are progressing with your stitching throughout the days, months and year then maybe some form of tracking will help you achieve all you have set out for yourself for the year. With that in mind, I thought I would share my spreadsheet with those who think a little tracking would help you stay accountable. (The spreadsheet tracker is at the bottom of this post for you to download)

This spreadsheet is great if, like me, you just want to make sure all your projects are getting some of your time and love and to see at a glance your finishes and where you might be neglecting a project or two.

I have a video I created to show how the tracker works and how to update it for each year. I no longer use a paper happy planner as I have replaced this with my digital planner (there is another video on the digital planner, you could watch by clicking this link if you would like to see how the digital planner works too).

Feel free to download the Excel spreadsheet below.

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy, and Productive 2021! Happy Stitching everyone!


  1. Nicola
    5th January 2021 / 11:53 am

    Thank you for updating the tracker. I enjoyed using it last year and look forward to using it again this year.

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      18th January 2021 / 10:12 am

      Hi Nicola,

      So pleased the tracker is working for you. Happy 2021 stitching!

  2. 13th January 2021 / 12:28 am

    Hi Teresa, are you not planning to release any printable planner pages for this year?

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      18th January 2021 / 10:13 am

      Thank you for your message. I would like to get a printable version created – but time is something very limited currently. I will have to see what I can do.

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