Some simple tweaks to your daily layout can help you to stay organized and on task.
Today, I'm featuring tweaks to a Franklin Planner day-on-two-pages spread, but lots of these tips apply to any layout.
How to Handle Today's Task List
To the far left of the picture, I have today's task list. I have some hints to help you maximize it.
I use a circle for the task, but if it has several subtasks (like writing several blog entries does in the example), I indent and use a square to show the subtasks.
That way, I know to do it all at once to be more efficient.
*Use context codes.
See where I have E, C, H, or PL in the second row from the left? Those are context codes.
Context codes tell me where I need to be to do the tasks.
E = errands (outside of the home)
C = at computer
H = at home
PL = in my planner
I also use PH (phone) or @ (pending someone/something else).
How to Set-up A Daily Schedule
The next column in the photo is today's schedule.
Not all tasks require scheduling, but go ahead and write those that are time-specific (like calling a breakfast restaurant when they are open - so before noon) on the schedule.
*Block out times (including travel time).
I use dark brackets to show times, so I don't underestimate how long something will take.
*Write tentative times on a diagonal.
If I am going to do something at a time that is dependent on something or someone else (like grocery shopping after my husband gets home to watch the kids), I denote that by writing it on a diagonal.
Hide Unimportant Lists Under the Page Marker
Notice the prep list (used for leaving the house) goes behind the page marker.
TIP: Use a sticky note to put the weekly task list on the page marker, so it moves from day-to-day.
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