But if you stop there, you aren't getting everything that you could out of your planner. There are so many other possibilities - filing information that you use on the go, project planning, a quick in-box.
My favorite possibility? Using a planner to create a daily docket (or daily plan). A daily docket lets you get through the day smoothly and accomplish most of your goals.
Here's a step-by-step guide to creating a daily docket that works!
(I use Quo Vadis Textagenda for my daily pages, but you could do this on a Franklin Covey daily page or even on blank paper.)
Step 1: Copy appointments from your monthly pages to your daily docket.
TIP: As you copy things to a daily docket, mark them off with a highlighter. I use the code "D" to show that I put appointments on my daily docket. That way, I still only have one page to check as I go through my day - since the monthly calendar stuff is on the daily docket - and I avoid duplicating or forgetting information.
Step 2: Capture anything from yesterday on your daily docket or elsewhere in your planner.
In the example below, I had a couple of things that I need to do today (like unpack from vacation). Those go on my daily docket for today. But paying the lawn guy can wait until Monday, since it rained today so he won't come out.
Step 3: Copy tasks from weekly pages onto your daily docket, both from today's entry and those things you will do today from your weekly list.
TIP: Draw an arrow in today's entry on your weekly page so that you don't have information in two different places.
Step 4: Add extras, like prep lists of stuff to bring out of the house tomorrow, menu plan, and notes for tomorrow.
Step 5: Put your docket on the side of the planner that does NOT block tomorrow.
Note in the above picture that I have dedicated spaces on my daily docket for each grouping of items: