A daily planner routine ensures that I don't leave out any steps that are important in my daily planning process. I learned this quickly after making the mistake of shooting from the hip when sitting down to plan every morning. While I would remember to migrate unfinished tasks from the previous day, sometimes I would forget to process my inbox for new information. Obviously, I can't rely on my memory to remember these things.
A Daily Planner Routine doesn't have to be a complex process. Make a list of the things you want to take care of in your planner on a daily basis and this list in a place you will see it every day. I jotted mine down on a slip of paper and slipped it in my page finder (Ring-bound Pouch Page Finder), and I can change or add to it as needed. What should be listed can be different for everyone. Mine includes:
- check weekly page
- migrate tasks from yesterday
- process inbox
- health tracker as needed
- index important events as needed
Some people call this a daily review, and also do weekly and monthly reviews (or also quarterly and yearly), all of which I believe are a very important part of functional planning.