Understand, the motivations for asking are completely different. Non-planners don't understand why you need to write things down. Newbie planners want ideas for what to write down.
The answer, however, is the same. I write down anything that I might forget and that makes my morning (and life) easier.
I made a list of the details that show up in today's daily plan to help plannerds and future plannerds think about what a daily docket could do for them.
What to put in your daily planner?
I put approximate work times (since I don't have set hours) or times for anything else that is partially flexible in brackets. Workouts sometimes go in brackets. Errands also might go in brackets. Mostly, these things can be done anytime during the day, but are easier to do while the kids are otherwise occupied
TIP: If something is not time sensitive at all, but just must be done today, it goes on my Must Do list.
Not Duplicated Elsewhere
Once I write something on my daily plan, I highlight to cross it out anywhere else that it appears in my planner.
TIP: It is better to have an inconsistent placement of items (e.g., work going on my schedule one day and my must do list on another day) than it is to have a duplicate placement of items. In other words, never have the same thing written in two different places at once!
I make a section of the daily docket cover things that I will tote out of the house other than my purse.
Details in Notes
Why have all that space in a daily plan if not to write detailed notes to myself? Plus, the notes are separate from the timed events and marked with an * so I can find them easily.
I keep this list short.
Specific appointments go on a schedule. I build the rest of my day - my approximate times - around the specific times.
Some tasks go on my schedule, either because they are particularly time consuming (like work) or must be done at a certain time (like cooking dinner after homework).
What to Wear
This part is only necessary if I don't put out clothes the night before.
This list is generally long, but it is the most important. I only do it if I find extra time.
There is no point in skipping the movement of repeating tasks to the daily docket, as I don't want to look at two different pages to make decisions.
Having a menu saves so much time and money.
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