Surgeons use checklists, pilots use checklists, and you should be using checklists as well. Following a checklist allows you to focus more on getting things done rather than wasting precious brain space on:
- What you need to accomplish
- What you've already accomplished
Keep track of your daily tasks with this printable Daily Routine checklist.
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I front-load the Daily Checklist with most of the tasks t be complete in the evening. This way you can get out the door more quickly in the morning:
____ Wipe the sink
_____ Make Bed
_____ Tidy night table
____ Prepare and eat breakfast(s)
____ Defrost ingredients for dinner
____ Pack lunches
____ Check work bag for keys, cell phone, work papers
____ Check school bags
Wether you work in an office or at home, I suggest completing the following either right before or right after your lunch break:
____ Check in with To Do list
____ Schedule appointments
____ Clean out 5 personal emails from your inbox
____ Respond to meeting requests, evites and invitations
____ Check your calendar. Are there any birthdays/anniversaries/important dates this week/next week?
____ Bank: Banking/ATM
____ Post Office: Do you have anything to mail? Stamps?
____ Drugstore: Toiletries, greeting cards, odds & ends
____ Dry cleaner
My #1 tip for successfully checking off this list is to start these tasks the minute you walk in the door. I personally go straight into the kitchen. Don't wait until you're half asleep on the couch to begin your evening routine.
____ Prepare dinner
____ Add items to running grocery list
____ Check in with your menu plan for the week
____ What's for lunch tomorrow?
____ What are tomorrow's snacks?
____ What's for dinner tomorrow?
____ Pack lunch bags
____ Wipe down kitchen counters
____ Pack/refresh work bags
____ Pack/refresh gym bags
____ Lay out clothes for next day
____ Tidy the night table
____ Create tomorrow's To Do list
____ Evening grooming
____ Wipe down sink