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
If you prefer a full physical planner instead of a single printable page, check out The Day Designer Daily Planner (the covers are gorgeous!) or The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.
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Leesha @ Living Contently says
I love your tip! I definitely agree. Creating your plan at the start of the day makes all of the difference!
Hope N. Griffin says
Thank you for this resource. I look forward to using it first thing tomorrow morning :-)
Yeah! I’m happy you like it. Let me know how it works. :)
These are beautiful! I have three calendars right now, to keep it all together. This will be a blessing for so many who make their way here :-)
Denise Wright says
Love your tips…I have a little ADD and I tend to collect printables like these and add them to the 500 notebooks on top of the computer, iPad and iPhone lists I make. I’m a mess. But I am going to print this out today and try it! (found you on Learn to Blog FB page)
Denise Wright says
PS I like how you explained how to use this planner too. That was helpful!
I hope that it works for you!
Yes, it can be hard with multiple lists. :) I decided to just keep most of my lists to paper and pen. If I’m on my phone, I will just e-mail myself a quick note if I need to add something to my list and I don’t have it with me.
Betsy @ Happily Ever After Etc. says
Such a cute printable! I agree that writing down your plans for the day helps you to get it done! If I wake up without a plan I tend to just stay in bed! Doesn’t happen that often though so I try to just relax and go with it ;)
Yes, there is always room for flexibility!
Brittany at Equipping Godly Women says
I’m really good with writing down my to-do list and scheduling everything out, but I still haven’t written down my goals for the year yet…. lol. I need to get on that. :)
Michelle James says
This is awesome. I love that you made each day different. These are a lot of work and I appreciate all that you did for a free printable. And I appreciate it being free. I love to create and offer freebies. I am definitely downloading and pinning! Thanks again.
Oh! And good tips for getting organized. I am just starting meal planning myself. I am a little late because my kids are grown and out of the house. I am mainly doing it to avoid going out and for healthier eating. Trying to drop a few pounds. LOL!
You have a nice blog!
Thank you! Thank you! I’m happy you liked it. I hope the planner works well for you.
I’ve been looking for a daily planner. I like your goals section.
Stella Lee@ Purfylle says
I’m always expecting myself to do too much in one day. You are so right about being realistic with that to do list.
It sure is hard to learn that though. I think we would all love to be able to complete the huge (& unrealistic) to-do list. :)
Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox says
Good tips here! Though I do set yearly goals, I need to improve on breaking them down to make them happen.
I couldn’t function without my daily planner! The meal thing…I simply plan a week’s worth of meals when making my shopping list, hang the menu on the fridge, and allow the children to choose the meal they want to prepare. Some things do need pre-planning, though (such as soaking beans for homemade chili).
Thanks for the tips on meal planning!
Antionette Blake says
The funny thing is, I can’t remember how I ever got along before using a planner – lol! #MotivationalMonay
I am with you!
Marie Osborne says
Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to keep better track of my days to get more done, but also give be a greater sense of accomplishment with 3 little kids under foot. I’m running to print this out before they wake up! Looking forward to a more productive day!
I hope the planner works for you! Hopefully you were able to get started on it before the kiddos woke up. ;)
Andie Conn says
Really great ideas here! (: Thanks for sharing. Visiting from http://www.andieconn.com
Very helpful!! Thank you. I love planning and writing it all down!
You are welcome! Thanks for reading.
Giftie Etcetera says
If I don’t do a daily planning page, I miss so much.
Christine Gallagher says
I really need to get more organized and I love the to do list, thanks for sharing
This is great. This is one of my weakest points, planning my day and actually sticking to it. I will check out your printable – always looking for a way to make things easier :) Found you via Mom 2 Mom Monday Link up.
Stephanie @ ManagingAHome.com
I am loving this daily plan- Such a wonderful idea! Going to print some off today! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Talk!
Great! I hope you find the Daily Planner helpful. :)
I like how you made each day a little different (and pretty – I’m more likely to use a planner if it’s pretty to look at!). I definitely struggle with meal planning and have set that as a goal of mine too. Thanks for the printable!
You are welcome! I am also more likely to use a planner if it’s pretty. :) I’m going to make printables for meal planning with the hopes that it will motivated me! Thanks for reading.
Amy King says
WOW! This is a great post! I immediately saved the download and will begin it tomorrow. These are fabulous tips! I stopped by from the link up with Purposeful faith! Keep it up! Mom’s need all the encouragement we can get!
Thank you! I’m happy you liked the planner. I hope it works well for you!
Sharon Rowe says
Thanks for sharing on How To Get Organized At Home, I love planning and I love to look how other people plan their day and what they use too. Thanks again for sharing:)
Lynda Hardy says
This is a great printable – it’s got all the sections I regularly use, but have a terrible time finding in one planner. Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope you’ll come back again! We will be featuring this post this week.
I’m happy you like it. Thank you for featuring it!
This is a very good daily planner. Has all the things a mom needs to think about throughout the day. Thank you for sharing.
You are welcome!
Ashley Servis @ Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody says
I’m glad you shared this. I do something similar, but not in a handy printable. Thanks
Your daily planner looks wonderful! This would compliment my homemaking binder well! Thanks for sharing. I found you via Awesome Life Fridays :)
Kelly Balarie says
Goals are so valuable. I need to do this more. thank you for your inspiration and your detailed ways to move forward. You encourage me. Cheering you! Thanks for joining the Purposeful Faith Cheerleading linkup.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful set of printables and tips on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I have pinned them! :)
Thanks for pinning!
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says
I LOVE Planners! This is a great printable. I have an Erin Condren for my personal life and an electronic one for my blog. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and hope you join us again this weekend! Pinned to our linkup board.
Great ideas! I always have too much on my to do list. Then I feel defeated when I don’t finish it all – when there’s no way I could get it done! 3 a day sounds just right. Thanks for linking up with us for Tuesday Talk! – Jess
Hi! I found you on the Simplified Life link up party and I am glad that I did. I love this printable to do list. I loved the way you broke it down into different sections. I look forward to it helping me stay organized! Have a great day!
Thanks for visiting! I’m happy you liked the printable. I hope it’s helpful. :)
Sarah Knepper says
I love these types of printables, they are so handy!!! Thanks for linking up at Simply Inspired Wednesdays!
I love this!! I need to be better at being organized
Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com/
This is such a handy printable! I love that it includes errands and meal planning!
Doused In Pink
Awesome! I hope you find it helpful. :)