5 Steps to Design Your 
Daily Planner
5 Steps to Design Your 
Daily Planner

5 Steps to Design Your Daily Planner

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Before you start, create a Duplicate of this page using the corner at the top-right, then you're ready to go.

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Don't start using a template without reflecting on these five topics! Take 10 minutes to do a quick reflection on what matters, what habits you want to build, and what routine tasks you can systematize. Let's go!

❶ Personal Reminders

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What 3-5 statements can you tell yourself when you're struggling? What statements will re-center yourself, help you reset, or get you motivated?

  1. Remember to time-block.
  2. Take one task at a time.
  3. Review active projects when not sure what to do next.
  4. Get a strong start first thing in the morning

❷ Habit-Building

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What are the 3-5 habits that are highest priority to you? Rank them in order of importance. Make sure not to add too many! It takes at least a month for a habit to stick, so each of these require adequate commitment.

  1. 5 Minute Meditation
  2. Morning Pages

❸ Morning Routine

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What actions do you repeat most days? In what sequence do you complete them? Try to be as accurate as possible in terms of the ideal sequence in which you'd like to complete tasks, in order to 'automate' them in order to maximize mental energy.

Target Wake-Up Time

Time:6AM

Morning Actions (Add times if applicable)
  • Drink Water
  • Brush Teeth
  • Meal Prep

❹ Evening Routine

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Similar to your morning routines, what actions do you repeat most evenings? This section is especially important if you go "off the rails" by the end of the day, and can act as a cheat-sheet for remembering routine actions.

Target Sleep Time

Time: 10PM

Evening Actions (Add times if applicable)
  • Brush Teeth
  • Floss
  • Drink Water

❺ Self-Assessment

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How do you plan to track your performance? This section can be reflective questions along the lines of, "How many tasks did you complete?" or "How am I feeling?"

  1. % of tasks completed
  2. Feeling reflection / statement

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