I honestly could not count the number of diaries and planner pages I have used over the years. Every one I have made myself or downloaded from others has had good points but was always missing something. I still have faith though in the evolution of my planner pages as i myself evolve.
Recently I revamped my existing daily planner printable and have been loving it so much I thought I would share it here. I have been working hard this year to be more intentional, slow down, do less and focus more. My new sheet reflects this along with my goals and priorities that I want top of mind.
You can download the printable planner page here and there are two pages – one that I use and one with the daily habits left blank. Since the majority of my readers have kids at home I have left the Family section, but if anyone has a child free home and can suggest another section I will make another version with that change and add it.
Here is the breakdown of my daily planner sheet:
1. What are my intentions today?
Straight away I want the focus to be on the fact that every day I am making choices – how I spend my time, how I want to feel, what will I do to move forward. A daily reminder to myself.
2. Day and date – open so I can use pages as needed
3. Questions to help me be intentional with my health and wellness goals including my mindset.
How will I move my body? – since asking this question I have moved more than ever before without stressing about it. Some days it is a hard gym class and others it is 15 minutes of wii with the kids. The shift is towards acknowledging a regular practice of moving my body and that every bit counts. Just because I can’t get to the gym that day does not mean I leave movement for another day.
How will I feel and act? – I put mantras here or reminders of goals (like be patient, slow down, talk less & listen more, etc)
Fruit & Veg I will eat – by stopping and noting these down I am pushing myself to increase this sometimes neglected area for myself and also prompting me to grab a F or V snack before I eat corn chips etc. I still enjoy the snacks I like but I no longer get to the end of the day and have had 1-2 serves of F & V.
Daily habits I am building – I have finally nailed taking my medications every day as it is on my planner. Still working on flossing (someday!) and early bedtime. Add your own habits here – start small and build rather than try to change a ton of things at once.
4. Most Important Today (MITs)
I limit these to 4 items so I am not overwhelmed. I am realistic in what I can achieve in a day. I leave a space to note 1-2 things it would be nice to get to (minors) if there is time.
5. Time for me
Self care is critical in my life (and I hope in yours too) – planning for it here is great for me as I am reminded of my down time or can squeeze in something if I need a break. It might be 30 minutes for doodling and drawing or a bubble bath after the gym or reading a book before bed – every bit counts and is cherished.
6. Family today
Reminders of what the kids have on, what they might need to do (like a project, music practice, thank you letters to write), and maybe an idea for something to do together after school.
7. For the household
I generally do only one cleaning task most days – could be clean the bathrooms or vacuum plus I throw on laundry 3 or 4 days a week. I note any errands planned, something my husband asks me to do (I will forget otherwise) and what I am cooking for dinner.
8. Gratitude or Inspiration
I want to pause and jot down moments in time, a quote I see on facebook or a blog post, doodle something
I can say that since I switched from a productivity focus of getting things done to a focus on being intentional with all of my time I am getting more done in both my personal and professional life. I am not just listing tasks but also noting my plans, steps towards my goals, factoring in time for me and for my family. Some days I might have only “do laundry” as my sole household item or “read a book together” as my sole family item on a busy day, but I am aware of what I am doing and can see where my focus is. If I have a long appointment listed as one of my majors I know there is less time available and won’t fill all 4 slots with tasks that will take a long time. Usually I have some flexibility because I am not letting things get to urgent status.
What do you like to have on your planner pages / diary?
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