Early this week, I wrote a post about how I “pretended” to be a morning person for 30 days.. and loved it! Getting up 2 hours early each day helped me to do the things that matter to me first thing in the morning, take advantage of 1 golden hour of productivity & creativity, and stay focused throughout the day.
However, about 2 weeks into this 30-day challenge, I realized a need to streamline my process for preparing myself for the day. Sure, simply planning mentally is better than nothing. But I realized that going through a consistent set of questions each morning would be even better for thinking through and prioritizing my agenda to ensure that nothing was falling through the cracks.
Thus, the Purposeful Day Planner was born!
The Purposeful Day Planner
I’ll be the first person to say, this planner is more a 1-page worksheet than a planner. I purposefully made it that way!
I intended this planner to be a fill-out-and-go type of form. What I mean is that it should be used as a tool to organize your thoughts rather than a documenting device. I didn’t include any sections that would require you to come back and revise or update the form (like # of cups of water or calories tracker).
In other words, filling out this form isn’t a commitment. It’s really a brainstorming tool to go through your to-do’s, schedule, and goals for the day. I don’t pretend that you can control everything that happens throughout your day. However, this is one more way that you can put yourself in ready mode for what’s coming.
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How to use the Purposeful Day Planner
I’ve been using this planner for about 2 weeks now, and I’ve tweaked it a couple times along the way according to my needs. I think it’s become a very practical document at this point. It includes:
- 3 goals for the day
- 3 things to get done (to-do’s)
- Meal Plan
- To remember
- 3 things I’m grateful for
- Today’s Bible verse & action item
You might have different needs, so feel free to edit it using a PDF editor- it’s OK as long as it’s for personal use. You can use this online PDF editor tool.
1. Comes in four beautiful colors
For me, inspiration comes easily when I’m looking at pretty things 🙂 That’s why I made this planner in 4 different beautiful pastel colors: blush, mint, honey, and lavender. Fill out a different color page each day to keep things fresh!
2. Think about what’s most important today
Sure, we all have a million things we need to do on any given day. On top of that, there are another million things we want to do on any given day. But it’s hard to stay focused when you’re trying to get 2 million things done.
So, I only made room for 3 goals and 3 to-do’s per day.
- Goals are results that you can work toward. If you have a long-term goal or New Year’s resolution you’re working on, break it down into a smaller achievable goal that you can reach today.
- Example: “drink 8 glasses of water” or “come home by 5:30 PM” or “increase sales by X%”
- To-Do’s are actionable tasks that you want/need to get done. Again, if you have a big task you are working on, break it down into smaller ones that you can get done today.
- Example: “replace light bulbs in dining room” or “do my taxes” or “finish painting kitchen island”
By focusing on only 3 goals and 3 to-do’s, you are ensuring you have the best chance of actually achieving them.
3. Manage your time
I included a “Schedule” section where you can write down your appointments, events, and time blocks for the day. I purposefully left out time ticks for flexibility. You can list out the time, duration, location, and whatever helps you plan out your day.
If there’s something you need to remember, like grabbing your gym clothes from the laundry before going to work or buying chalk paint for the furniture makeover while you’re at Michael’s, list it in the “To Remember” section!
4. You are what you eat
In college, I used to drink so much coffee that my friends used to joke that coffee was running through my veins. But once I got married, I decided to take better care of my body as well as my family’s. So, I had been making a habit of planning my meals in the morning.
That’s why it made sense to include a “meal plan” section in the Purposeful Daily Planner. When you have all your meals on paper, it’s easier for you to see if your meals are nutritionally balanced. It also helps me think through what’s in the fridge and if you are missing a key ingredient, you can note it in the “To Remember” section.
5. Stay blessed
Perhaps more important than getting things done and achieving your goals is being spiritually nourished and blessed. Personally, as a Christ-follower, it is important for me to have some Quiet Time with the Bible in the morning. This helps me recenter my focus on what is my most important calling: living as a vessel of God’s love and grace in order to glorify Him.
I included “Today’s Bible Verse,” “Action Items,” and “3 Things I’m Grateful For” sections to help me stay blessed throughout the day.
How will you use you Purposeful Day Planner? Grab your copy now!
Friends, I would love to hear how you will use your planner. I hope you enjoy living one purposeful day at a time to make a difference in your home, work, and community!
Make Today Awesome!
Grab a copy of my Purposeful Day Planner designed to help organize and bring focus to your day. You'll be able to achieve your goals, get things done, and stay blessed like no other!
*Comes in 4 beautiful colors!