Whether your days are just as busy as they ever were before the pandemic, or if you find yourself looking for things to do, a daily page could be key to helping your day go smoother.
I look at my daily page not just as a list of reminders, but as a worksheet. I'm a functional planner, so usually making my pages look pretty is not number one on my list. It's okay for your page to be cluttered and even a little messy as long as it is helping you function.
Scenario One: Today I need to make the 15 minute trip into town for a doctor's appointment, deposit a check, pick up some milk and eggs at the grocery, and I have tentative plans to drop by Hobby Lobby to check out their 50% off sale.
Let's see how that translates to a daily page. I'll need a schedule block to help manage my time and a to-do list. What else? If it was just a list I needed, I could write a list on a 3x3 and be done with it, but there are other things to consider, especially if you are somewhat forgetful.
Here's how I would mark up my daily page for my plans.
The doctor's appointment gets first priority. At a glance, I see that my appointment is at 11:00 and my travel time begins at 10:30 (xxxx's), so I must walk out the door no later than that. Do I need to take anything with me? Yes, and making a "leave the house" list is vital. It's a rainy day so I must remember my umbrella, make sure the HL coupon is in my planner, grab a water bottle, a book to read at the doctor's, and make sure I have the check in my planner. It's not enough that I just record "doctor's appointment," I have to make a list of all the things I need. I can't tell you how many times I have made the trek into town to discover I had forgotten something. I hate a wasted trip!!
While I am in town I check my daily page often. The items with circles are things I must (or want to do) in town and I check them off as I do them. When I've finished at the grocery store (grocery list in notes) and the bank, I will check the time and decide if I have time to go to Hobby Lobby. I see on my schedule that I had set up a time to chat with my mom so I need to start home by 2:00 pm (again, I've marked my travel time).
By the time I am ready to start home, my daily page can look quite messy. Sometimes I have nice little "done" checkmarks and sometimes I scribble through things when I've completed them. Several items were added to the grocery list when I made a last-minute change in dinner plans. Before I start home, I look at everything on the list and breathe a sigh of relief that I didn't forget anything!
The next day I may have nothing that needs doing and I'm back to my nice little bullet list of "trash to the street" and "start dinner by 5:30".
What does your daily page look like?