Something that keeps me sane is a method of working called “Single Tasking”. I always thought that the best way to live life was to multi-task. WRONG. It’s becoming very difficult for me not to work in single tasking mode, but I feel like I forget to complete certain tasks if I’m not multi-tasking all over the place.
As a result, I put together a single sheet I’m calling “My Daily Agenda” to keep track of my day for me while I work in Single Task mode on the day’s important tasks. I’m really excited to offer it to you as a free printable for your own daily organization! You can download it here.
I am a paper and pen kind of gal when it comes to my to do lists. I do keep a few items digitally in my Outlook Calendar or Evernote, but mostly very long term tasks that I end up transferring offline when they “come due”. If you’re like me and need tangible proof that you have a task list…download this printable!
My Daily Agenda includes:
…a section for 3 of your Most Important Tasks for the day. This may include anything from a time sensitive deadline to picking up your child at school (because you forgot last week and he sat at the principal’s office for 2 hours). List your THREE most important tasks. No more, no less.
…a section for your own Healthy Habits. I personally need all of these categories, but you may not. I definitely think it’s still helpful to keep track of your Healthy Habits if you want to keep them as habits!
…a section for Today’s Key Work Tasks. This is for work only. The stuff that someone will rag on your for not completing (husbands and wives don’t count!).
…a section for Today’s Schedule & Chore Summary. This would be where you note tasks with an assigned time such as a coffee date with a friend, or a TV show you don’t want to forget! You can also jot down chores that need to start at approximate times such as putting in laundry in the morning or when to start dinner.
…finally, the catch-all section of open ended Notes, Inspiration, & Reminders. Place random notes as you think of them here, any happy thoughts throughout the day to keep you focused and motivated, and finally, reminders for the days and weeks coming up.
Today is my first day using this Daily Agenda and I think it’ll really help me stay on track! I know it’ll help me avoid forgetting dumb things throughout the week and maybe even help me reach my Healthy Habit goals. I intend to prepare 7 sheets at a time on Sundays. I’ll jot down anything I know on that date about the forthcoming week and will update on a daily basis as new things come up. I keep the sheet on my trusty clipboard that stays with me all day!
Let me know if you download the Daily Agenda and what you think about it! Does it work for you? What’s the best part about it?