Are your days packed? Chaotic? Unplanned?
Do you get to the end of your day and wonder why you still have tasks undone?
My top tip for having a more productive (and potentially less stressful day) is to make a plan before your alarm goes off in the morning. I find that if I write down three or so specific items that I want to do first thing in the morning, I am much more likely to get all three items done.
Where should you write your top to-dos down? I’m sharing this FREE printable Daily Planner with you.
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How should you use the My Daily Planner printable?
My suggestion is to print off enough pages for at least a few weeks. Bind them together, put them in a folder, or do whatever works best for you. This way you can write down items in advance so you don’t forget. If you schedule a well-child visit for your kiddo, flip forward to that date and write it down!
Morning, Afternoon & Evening “Appointments” Everyone plans out their days differently. It works best for some people to plan out their day by the hour, but some people (moms, anyone?) need more flexibility in their day. The FREE Daily Planner printable that I have for you today blocks your day into three different categories – Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
Meal Planning Full disclosure: This is not my strong suit. My Meal Planning section is often empty. Becoming better at Meal Planning is a goal of mine that I will be dealing with in the future.
Goals Did you set goals for the month or goals for the year? If so, did you create a plan and specific timeline for your goals? Write down the steps you need to take today in the Goals section.
To-Do List Back to the first few tasks of the day, before going to bed write down your selected first tasks in the Morning section or To-Do List section. Do what works best for you.
Do you feel like the To-Do section isn’t big enough? Consider the last time you wrote a to-do list. Did you get everything done? Keep your list short, probably less than the 8 lines I provided. Be realistic with what you can get done in a day.
To Contact Write down reminders of who you need to call and what e-mails you need to send.
Errands Grocery store? Target returns? Drop a package off at the post office?
Notes Grocery list. Bills to pay. Record darling kiddo stories that you don’t want to forget to share. Use as you wish.
Click to view and print FREE Printable: My Daily Planner
The above printable is older and has the date of 2015 on it. If you want a different version, check out this daily planner printable:
- Color daily planner printable
- Black and white daily planner printable
- There is also a daily planner page in Your Morning Manual
Use your evening well to plan for tomorrow: 10 Habits to Add to Your Evening Routine