I love organization and making lists, probably one of my favorite things to do. And as much as I love technology and my iPhone, there is something about writing things down and checking them off that I still love. Having a busy schedule, I use to find it hard to stay focused and productive without feeling overwhelmed. I would spin and spin, not knowing where to start or what was most important to get done from my monster to do list. I needed a simpler way so I created my Daily Action Sheet and it is my favorite tool I use! I seriously do not know what I would do each day without it. Every night before I go to bed, I create my Daily Action Sheet for the next day. This allows me to dump all the thoughts in my head onto paper which helps me sleep without all the things I need to do the next day still on my mind. I feel good going to bed with an action plan for the next day. Eating a clean diet and weekly meal planning also takes time, so it is so important for me to be organized. This tool has allowed me to be more productive, organized, and accomplished on a day to day basis.
Here it is the Daily Action Sheet:
Pretty neat huh? I print off about a weeks worth of Daily Action Sheets and then hole punch them with my Levenger Hole Punch and pop them into my Levenger Notebook (one of my favorite things ever!) But you can print them and keep them on your desk, put on your refrigerator, or whatever is most convenient for you. My Levenger Notebook goes everywhere with me, so my Daily Action Sheet is always assessable to be updated throughout the day.
Description of the Daily Action Sheet Sections:
Work life and personal life must be balanced and up top of the Daily Action Sheet you can see I separate out these two categories, Work To Do and Personal To Do. I think it is important to keep these categories separate so you can focus on work while at work and personal while at home (or on your lunch break). Notice I have 1-10 under each of these, I write out the 10 most important things to do that day. For my master to do list (which is way longer than 10 things by the way) I love the app Wunderlist, but I like to write down the top priorities that I know I need to get done that day.
Below that you will see Emails/Calls For The Day, that way I know who I need to return a call or email to. Also, I recently added the To Discuss area which had been super helpful. Throughout the day I often think of things that I need to talk to Steve about, but know I can’t always call during work, so it goes here and then when we get home at night I know what topics need to be discussed.
I like spreading out my organizing and cleaning throughout the week so on the weekends I am not drowning in cleaning. So I have a goal to clean or organize 3 things a day, whether that be cleaning out my purse, putting laundry away, cleaning out the fridge, etc. I find this to be a great system to keep on top of clutter.
Errands for the day, that is pretty self-explanatory, but it is good to write them down. There have been many times that I needed to run out to several places, only to pull into my driveway and realize I forgot a stop while I was out. This helps eliminate forgetting where you have to go. I also find it helpful to write next to the place what it is that needs to be done there, whether that is a return, to use coupon, etc.
I meal plan and grocery shop on the weekends, but it is always nice to see what our plan in for dinner on my Daily Action Sheet. It also helps me if I need to prep in the morning for dinner or throw food in the crock pot before I leave for work.
My favorite little corner on the bottom left is what holds me accountable for my health. I don’t know how many times I have forgotten to take my vitamins or forgotten that I’ve already taken my vitamins…luckily I haven’t gotten high on probiotics. In addition to vitamins, it also helps me track my water intake, if I’ve exercised, and if I’ve reached my step goal for the day (I use a fit bit and check a box for every 1,000 steps I take). I also love my Today I Feel section where I can hopefully circle the smiley face every day 🙂
And last but not least is my schedule on the right. I copy down what is on my iCal the night before or as things throughout the day pop up. Again, I have this on my phone, but putting all these things together on my Daily Action Sheet is the perfect snapshot of my day to make sure I have my plan to have the best day I can have.
My Daily Action Sheet is exactly what I need to keep my day organized. I am giving you a free download below if you would like to use it. Or you can always tweak this to fit your daily needs. Everyone is different and the important thing is to remember is to find a system that works for you.
So what do you think? Do you think this Daily Action Sheet would work for you? What are some other ways you keep your day organized?
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