Even though we’re staying at home and all of our plans are cancelled, planning is still important to help us stay productive and on top of things.
Maybe weekly or monthly planning, not so much, but daily planning for sure.
We don’t know when or how long we will have to stay home during this COVID-19 outbreak. However, we can still plan each and every day that comes. You can still plan your week too, but I think daily planning is what is most important right now.
Planning will let you know if you are staying on schedule or not in your day. You will greatly reduce your stress by properly planning your day because you will go into your day knowing exactly what to do and be prepared for any problems.
Things You Can Plan for in Your Day:
- Your morning and evening routines
- A list of things to do to have a good start and end to your day
- Your meals
- Meal planning can help to make sure you’re eating healthy and will save you time from trying to figure out what to eat
- What to clean in your house
- Now that we’re home more, we can see all the problem areas and take care of it to make sure everything is clean and organized
- You can plan what chores you will get done on which days or during what time. Do you like to do it all in one swoop once a week or a little bit each day?
- Projects you want to get done
- These can be personal or work related but needs its own block of time to get done
- Finally, you can work on those side projects of yours
- Your work & meetings
- If your work requires you to have a skype or zoom call you’ll need to schedule those in
- You will also need a list of what you will get done for work each day
- Kids’ school work & meetings
- The kids will also be having weekly meetings with their class so be sure to plan for that
- Teachers may also assign work for the kids to do each day, make sure they’re getting them done in a timely manner
- Time to exercise
- Being cooped in all day can make anyone feel lazy, beat the laziness by moving your body for at least 30 minutes. Exercise also helps you feel more focused, happier and more energized.
- Time for outdoors
- Get some fresh air, it can do wonders! Take breaks and go for a walk or a bike ride with the family
- You’ll come back feeling refreshed!
- Time for hobbies/arts & crafts/journaling/reading/tv time/family time etc.
- Don’t forget to make time for some fun stuff in your day!
- Now that we’re home we can really make time for all those family game nights, for that mystery novel or to binge on your favorite TV shows (Westworld, Better Call Saul or Ozark, anyone?)
How to Plan your Daily Schedule:
I like to plan my daily schedule in Google Calendar. My ClickUp project management tool syncs with it so I can plan out my specific daily workouts and chores so it gets scheduled into my daily planner too. I can also look through my projects and see where they can fit into my daily plan. If you’d like to try out ClickUp for free click here: https://clickup.com/?fp_ref=jdajm
- Start with your wake up time and time you will go to sleep
- If you don’t plan when you will wake up or go to sleep, your days won’t have structure and you can waste your entire day. Make a schedule for your day by starting with when you will wake up.
- Schedule in when you will do your morning routine
- What time do you want to start your morning routine? What will you do? Will you do it before the kids get up, or before you have to start work? You know those emails and urgent kids’ demands will bombard you if you don’t make time for yourself first.
- Learn more about setting up morning routines here.
- Schedule in when you will eat your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- What will you eat and when? I like to set reminders because when I am busy I tend to forget that I’m hungry. And when I don’t eat for a long time I start getting irritated really easily, or reach for unhealthy snacks.
- Schedule in time to do daily chores
- I follow a similar version to Clean Mama’s cleaning routine, and do laundry every day.
- Mondays – Bathrooms, Tuesdays – Kitchen, Wednesdays – Declutter/Dusting, Thursdays – Vacuum/Sweep/Mop Floors, Friday – Catch All Day.
- Schedule in time for your projects and tasks
- Prioritize your top 3 tasks that must get done first and work your way down the list
- Schedule in a timeblock for when you will work on these things
- Schedule in the start/stop times for when you will work and take breaks
- If you don’t you can overwork yourself and get burnt out
- Schedule in when you will exercise or workout
- What time, and how long?
- Schedule in when you will get outside for fresh air
- When can get outside? Before dinner? Early in the morning?
- Schedule in when you will do something fun for yourself
- Make time for socializing. Just because we’re home doesn’t mean we can’t reach out to family and friends. Or just make time to hang out with the family
- Make time for yourself to take care of your physical and mental health by doing something that makes you happy. Plan with stickers in your planner, journal about your day and scrapbook some memories during this quarantine, watch your favorite TV show, play with your kids, read a book, have a movie night with the family.
- Schedule in when you will end your day and complete your evening routine
- Finally end your day by having an evening routine. Having an evening routine will prepare you for another successful day tomorrow.
How to Plan your Routines:
- Your routines will include a list of steps of what you will get done during a certain time period, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be at a specific time. You can have routines for the way you do things in a order for anything such as: morning routines, afternoon routines, work start/stop routines, dinner routines, bedtime routines, etc.
- To plan your routines just make a list of the things you want to do during your day.
- Learn more about how planning routines will make your life easier here.
- Example of my morning routine:
- Drink water
- Brush teeth
- Get ready
- Make coffee
- Enjoy 15 minutes of quiet time
- Start a load of laundry
- Example of my evening routine:
- Wash dishes
- Pick up
- Read stories to kids
- Take a bath/shower
- Brush teeth
- Skin care routine
- TV time/Cuddle
- Bed time
Here is an example of my daily plan I like to use a mix of time blocking and color coding to plan my days:
I created this planner so that you can properly plan for all areas of life and remember to take time to be grateful during this time. There are sections for your schedule, your priorities, your to do list, meals, self-care, and gratitude.
You can download your printable in multiple sizes by clicking the image below:
DOWNLOAD YOUR DAILY PLANNER HERE
If you’d like to learn more in detail on how to plan more productively, my new workbook, Wonderful Plans, includes so much more. Take your productivity to another level and get my system for planning here: Wonderful Plans Workbook
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thank you , very helpful,in this uncertain times
Hello, I couldn’t get the link to let me download the daily planner printable.
Thanks for letting me know! Just updated the post with the image of it that should link to the drobox file here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qb6yxxnygl3emf1/AAAK9HOua5YoSRZC6o1bn26za?dl=0
So important to have daily routine, but also it’s fine if you don’t feel up to it every day. Great post.