Keeping track of what you want to finish on a day can be very easy. Just make a to-do list, right? Then just do your chores and go to your appointments and you’re done and organised. But working and studying from home means: lots of distractions. I can find 100 things to do that are not on my to-do list, that I am sure I can make time for. In the evening is when I realise I haven’t made a dent in my actual to-do list. So I did the obvious thing and made an extra sheet for my planner. And it works so well for me, that I decided to share the free day planner sheet with you.
Happy Planner instructions
If you have a Happy Planner, you can use the instructions that I made for my vacation planner sheets to print the sheet at the right size. You will need to cut it as well, if you have a classic size or mini planner. Once you printed it out, on single pages or on both sides, and you have cut the paper, just punch the holes in it and you can insert the free day planner sheet in your planner.
How to use the free day planner sheets
I designed the free day planner sheets to be as open as possible, while still give a lot of structure to your day. Most important for me is to be able to write down the priorities of the day even if I don’t know when they will get done. So the first box is a Priorities box to write a few things that you want to focus on. Don’t write down your whole to-do list here! I found that it works best if I focus on 3 to 5 things per day, even if 2 of those are things like ‘wash towels today’ or if they are very obvious things like ‘study hard!’. Just writing it down means you can ground yourself to focus on what is important.
I did want to include a list of regular chores that also need doing, but are not an important priority (yet …). Next to that is a little box for some free notes, for a phone number, or an idea, or just to write something encouraging.
Each day has some timed appointments, usually. So in the middle of the planner sheet you find the Agenda, with one hour time slots. This works best for me, because I can block off the hours I can’t work on my priorities. That gives me a visual overview of how many hours I’ve got to get through my to-do list. To the left of the agenda is a more general overview, where I split the day in morning, afternoon and evening. This helps me keep track of how the day will progress in a more general way. Since I start my work-day at 9 am and aim to end it between 5 and 6 pm, having this overview include the evening means I can write down the fun stuff I’ll be doing in my free time.
At the bottom there are boxes to write down things I need to do tomorrow or next week. Because I have limited room on both my day planner sheet and my actual day, it helps to push things to tomorrow or next week, if I see I don’t have time for it right now.
My favourite part: the checklist
My favourite part is the Checklist. This is something that I loved at school, where we worked with similar checklists for homework. In each box I write down a step of what I have to accomplish for my priorities. So for my ‘study hard!’, I can break that down in the sections I want to read or excercises I must do. As each section gets done, I happily colour in that box with a happy colour. There is nothing more satisfying that seeing that checklist fill up with colours. It is the things that really helps me get things done.
How do you like this? Get your free day planner for home printing right here: Day planner sheet