Jun 092013
 

A Daily Checklist is one of the great ideas I gleaned from Paperless Home Organization. Using the sample Mystie has as an appendix, I created my own with all the tasks I try to get done each day. Your primary ToDo list has tasks and projects you need to get done. This list has your daily routine items that would clutter the main list but still need to get done.

I have my checklist divided into 5 sections:

  1. Home Routine – Morning
  2. Work Routine – Morning
  3. Work Routine – Afternoon
  4. Home Routine – Evening
  5. Evening Review Steps

In each of these sections I have the items I would like to get done at that time of day. Some items are repeated in multiple sections if they need to be done at multiple times during the day. Some items only show up on certain days of the week.

Things like ‘Quick Calendar Review’, and ‘Scan E-mail’ are in my morning routine. Later in morning work routine I have ‘Inbox Zero – today’s mail’ and in the afternoon ‘Inbox Zero – 10 old e-mails’ My evening home routine has items like ‘Reading’ and ‘Evening Walk’.

By having them on a list I know what I need to get done without having to think about it all the time. If at the end of the day I look at what is left on the list and can make a judgement call on the 2 hours I spent in front of the TV.


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