First off, my daily planning method is based on the bullet journal method. I’ve tweaked things over the years, so I’m going to share with you step by step how I daily plan with my simple daily planning method (for right now, that is). I like to switch things up sometimes!

I open my planner and write down the date for the next day, usually the night before. Next to the date, I also write down any appointments that I may have for that day or specific tasks that are at particular times (these are called “events” in the bullet journaling world).

A picture of the steps in my planner on the table.
Next I check my monthly calendar and transfer any task or appointment that’s for the next day into my planner (it’s called the daily log in the bullet journaling world).

Planner on the table.
Then I check over my weekly running to do list and transfer any that I’d like to get done the next day in my planner.

Planner on the table. Running to do list showing.
From there, as I’m going throughout my day, I cross off any tasks (see above) as they are completed with an “x”. If something needs to move ahead because it was unifhished, I use a “>”, and “<” when I need to transfer a task somewhere else if for a later date. Lastly, I cross out “—” if a task becomes irrelevant. This method is also something I learned from the bullet journaling method.

Further reading? I enjoyed the book Eat that Frog for planning and procrastination tips as well as the Bullet Journal Method for simple planning (the method I use within my current planner setup in this blog).


PS if you’d like to get started on daily planning or step up your planning game, I created a free printable daily planner sheet for you that you can use. You can find it here. You can also find all of my printable planners in my shop HERE.A picture of my daily planner sheet.

Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m a mother of four children - three boys, one toddler girl - and our family lives on the beautiful east coast of Canada. I’m a past elementary teacher, turned stay at home, work at home mom eight years ago after I had my second child. I’ve found that the busier I’ve become and as my children age, that it’s become even more important to figure out what is most important to me and us as a family. Living a simpler lifestyle has helped us in so many ways in our home life - from better routines to faster tidying up times. It has been through my children that I have been inspired to learn how to effectively manage my time and to simplify in all areas of my home and life. I enjoy helping busy moms simplify home life by teaching flexible planning methods and skills. Enjoyed this blog and think it would be helpful to others? I'd love if you shared it. Thank you!