There are critical parts of a day when looking at your planner can be most helpful.
TIP: Set an alarm on your phone or laptop when first teaching yourself to look at your planner at these times.
WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF WAKE UP
Take just a second and make sure you aren't forgetting anything about today.
TIP: Store your planner by your alarm clock overnight. It will be handy for writing down late night thoughts. Make your first act of the morning checking your planner and moving it to your work tote or purse.
BEFORE LEAVING HOME
Always make sure you have everything that you need for the day with you by glancing at your schedule and anticipated tasks.
UPON ARRIVAL AT WORK
Stay-at-home moms might want to dedicate a particular time as arrival. For me, it's when I make my coffee (for household days) or log onto my work computer (for working an outside job days).
BEFORE LEAVING WORK
Check on what's happening tomorrow.
ON ARRIVAL HOME
Get the dinner out of the freezer to defrost.
Prep for the next day. Put your planner by your alarm clock.
In other words, if there is a transition, check your planner!
P.S. I got creative in my picture (above). Can you guess what is holding up the watch?
Tator Tots and Jello