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My New Daily Docket

I mentioned a while back about how I had recently started using Simple Mom's Daily Docket.

While I really loved the way Simple Mom set up a daily to do list with her docket, I found after using it for several months that it didn't necessarily work for me. My most productive days since I started working from home have been the ones wherein I create about five different to-do lists:

Writing--For whatever assignments I have to complete that day.

Correspondence--This includes anything from emails I have to send to phone calls I have to make to Thank You notes or gifts I need to mail.

Housekeeping--I always have a list of things to take care of around the house.

Self--This is the most important list. I have to schedule time for my running, my quilting, my reading time, etc, and I don't do it if I don't actually write it down.

Errands--Scheduling time to get to the bank and the library can sometimes be tough, so I write it into my day.

I found that having my tasks separated out into different categories makes my overall day feel less overwhelming--and I feel productive as long as I can cross something off from each list. I would write a new page of to dos each day in my notebook.

But my system did not have the benefit of being the same format each day, nor did it have a good place for dinner planning, a quote, or future plans.

So, I decided to take Simple Mom's advice on her FAQ to make my own Daily Docket:

I included Simple Mom's idea of 8 glasses of water in the Self category (even though on my good days I can only manage about 3). I also have figured out what housekeeping tasks I need to take care of each day, so I listed them specifically rather than have to write them out each day. (I like the idea of having my basic housekeeping set up like a pilot's checklist. Of course, I had to leave extra spaces for non-daily housework, because otherwise we would have our beds made daily, but a new life form growing in the bathroom).

Once I came up with my new docket, I printed out two copies, and had them laminated back-to-back. I write on the laminate in wet erase marker so I can reuse the docket over and over and not have to print out a new page each day.

I created the Daily Docket in PowerPoint. If you'd like a copy of the Daily Docket that you can alter for your own needs, feel free to email me.

Here's hoping I can keep this productivity going throughout 2013!



frugal_fun said:

Daily Dockets are awesome! I'm using mine (mostly) everyday. Thanks so much (again) for the link.

I confess I ignore the drinking 8 glasses of water a day stuff. I've tried it, and it mostly makes me run to the bathroom every few seconds. I don't think our sense of thirst is all that bad, unless someone's diet is truly hideous.

And we have the same set of daily chores!! My cat box is cleaned every day too. It's just too gross otherwise.

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