To be successful in life, you need a plan. And if you want a workable plan, you need to plan daily. Yearly, monthly, and even weekly planning are great and necessary, but daily planning is where the rubber meets the road.
Daily planning is my jam. It’s that moment of the day when I sit still, look at what happened, what didn’t, and what comes next. In this blog post I’m going to walk you through a daily planning session and explain the reasoning behind each step. While I am currently planning in a bullet journal, you can practice daily planning the planner or app of your choice.
And, if you prefer to watch rather than read, scroll to the bottom of this post for the YouTube version. 😉
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Start with the 24-hour time tracker
The time tracker is not unique to me. This is a trick I learned from Kara at BohoBerry, and one that’s proven invaluable.
I number across the page 1-12 twice (you know, am and pm?), then I break the times up into my projected schedule.
My color coding system is as follows:
- Blue: sleep!
- Yellow: morning routine
- Orange: time away from home with my kids
- Green: designated work time at home
- Pink: times I’m away from home alone
The brilliance behind the time tracker is that it gives you a visual of what time you truly have available for getting stuff done. If there’s no space for green on my tracker, that means there is no time for any work-related tasks that day.
Note the weather and get artsy (if you want)
Some days I just write the date. Some days I try to make it fun and fancy. It works either way. But I almost always (as in always) do a weather doodle on the upper right corner of my page.
Why the weather? you ask. Because—well—lots of reasons. For starters, it helps me determine what activities are appropriate for the following day. We usually do our Costco run on Thursday mornings, but if there are thunderstorms in the forecast, chances are I’ll move that to another day. Who wants to lug two preschoolers and tons of groceries around in pouring rain?
Knowing the forecast also helps me determine what to wear so I can lay that out the night before. Whatever our plans for the coming day, I know the night before that the appropriate clothes and shoes are clean and ready to go.
List appointments at the top
While the time bar already gives me an idea of my day, putting appointments at the top of my list keeps them in the forefront of my mind. I forget a lot of stuff, and forgetting appointments isn’t exactly socially acceptable.
After the appointments, I list recurring tasks such as posting to Instagram. Next I migrate items I missed the day before. Then I flip back to my weekly spread and glance over the tasks listed there. Based on the time I have available, I’ll move a few of those tasks to my daily list.
My favorite planning accessories
As always, I love talking about my favorite planning tools. Here’s the rundown of what I currently use:
- Leuchtturm 1917 A5 dot grid
- Derwent Watercolour pencils
- Pigma Micron Pens in 01 and 03
- Colored pencil blender (similar)
What’s your daily planning routine?
It’s no joke, people. I could talk planning and planners all. day. long. If you have any great tips to share, please do. Jot a comment below and help us all out.
And, if you prefer a more visual walk through, here you go. Enjoy!