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Having a daily planning routine will help you improve your time management skills and allow you to be more productive on your biggest priorities.  If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, then daily planning could transform your productivity and effectiveness.

A daily planning routine is a simple, short to-do list of the most important tasks you want to complete each day.   Planning your day in advance will help you design your ideal workday, ensuring you start each day feeling focused and productive.

Planning your day can save hours of wasted time, lower stress, and reduce distractions.  Introducing daily planning into your routine is an easy, but important, step to create a productive day.  Planning your day is important if you want to identify and stay focused on your most important work.

Having an effective daily plan can be your process for a successful day.  The first step to planning you day is to define your goals for the day.  Knowing exactly where you want to invest your time will give you a greater sense of clarity and purpose.

In this article I’ll share 6 tips for successful daily planning.  Use these tips to help you plan your day effectively so you can achieve bigger results each day in less time.

6 tips for successful daily planning 

Here is the complete guide to planning your day.

1. Plan your day the night before 

Planning your workday in advance gives you the best chance of having a successful, productive day.  The best way to do this is to introduce a daily planning routine in the evening.

When you write down your daily plans in the evening you feel calmer and clearer.  It is easier to identify your biggest priorities for the day ahead when you can think clearly about your most important tasks.  Writing down your Effective daily planning starts the night before.

Take ten to fifteen minutes in the evening planning your day.  This will ensure you start each day feeling focused and ready to take action on the activities that matter most.

Read also: 7 tips for effective time management 

2. Make planning a daily habit 

It’s a good idea to plan at the same time every day.  Developing the habit of daily planning will keep you focused and on track to achieve your goals.  If you don’t want to plan your day the night before, you can plan your day in the morning.

Many of my coaching clients prefer to do planning in the morning as part of their morning routine.  When planning your day in the morning try to find a quiet space so you can think clearly.

Write down your goals for the day and ensure you schedule time to review your plan throughout the day.

Read also: How to prioritise your day 

3. Make your daily planning simple 

If you want to make daily planning a habit it’s important to keep it simple.  Planning your day should deliver positive benefits and be something you look forward to.

Don’t overthink your daily planning.  Take a short amount of time to think about the things you want to achieve that day, and then list out your priorities.

If your daily planning becomes confusing and complicated you will drop the habit quickly.  Keep it simple and you will reap the rewards.

4. Plan by prioritising your daily tasks 

You may want to use your daily planning time to write down everything on your to-do list for the day.  That’s fine, but it is essential to identify your biggest priorities for the day.

Not everything on your to-so list is a priority.  Once you identify your biggest priorities you can schedule time to work on them. This will help you to harness your time and focus to make the most of your day.

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5. Schedule your daily plan  

One of the most important elements of daily planning is to take your priorities for the day and schedule time to work on them.  If you don’t schedule time to work on your daily plan you may waste time on non-urgent tasks instead.

Scheduling your priorities will help you stay focused and allow you to manage your time more effectively.  Scheduling time for breaks and to review your day will ensure you stay energised and productive throughout the day.

Read also: 6 benefits of prioritising workload

6. Celebrate your daily achievements 

The purpose of daily planning is to help you identify your priorities so you can achieve a productive, successful day every day.  When you use planning to clearly define your daily goals you are clear on the results you want to achieve each day.

When you achieve those results it’s important to celebrate your daily achievements.  Celebrating achievements boost confidence and motivation.  You feel more positive about your day and it makes you want to make daily planning a habit, as you can see the benefits.

Summing up 

Daily planning is important if you want to make positive progress towards your goals each day.  The first step to planning your day is to clearly define your goals for the day.

Using a daily planner allows you to schedule your daily priorities and take action on them.  Use these 6 tips to build your to-do list around your goals, identify a single daily priority, and celebrate your daily achievements.

Download my Free Daily Planner to help you plan your day so you can achieve a productive day, every day.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

How do you plan your day?

What’s your best tip for planning your day effectively?

Let me know in the comments.

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He is the Founder of time management coaching company Lucemi Consulting.

Mark provides time management coaching programs to entrepreneurs in Essex, Suffolk and across the UK.  He also provides online time management coaching to business owners in the US, Canada and Australia.

Read more about the benefits of time management coaching.

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