Daily At A Glance
I was a guest on Mia Moran’s Plan Simple Meals Podcast https://plansimplemeals.podbean.com/ and introduced to her audience the value of a handwritten, permanent daily schedule to manage time-choices. I first created this when I started a new job within my family’s company and have taken it forward to all other career paths. I was the Accounts Payable Manager and paying things before their due date sometimes came with the reward of a discount and boy those discounts would add up quickly so I wanted to take advantage of every single one. In addition, I did not want money walking out the door in the form of unnecessary late fees or finance charges or both!! So, I made up an index card listing “permanently recurring” items I needed to get done each day before the end of the day and before I tackled any emergencies or focused on any other dynamic work.
The concept is simple: in your own handwriting record the daily, recurring weekly items you must accomplish. These are “permanent” items, they don’t change from week to week, month to month. For example areas you need to DeClutter, monthly bills-car payment, electric bill, mortgage, calls you need to make-fuel delivery, mom, things you need to do-send out birthday cards, order groceries for delivery, schedule appointments. I find when I put these items in my phone’s calendar, I tend to ignore them and the alarm reminders I have set. Somehow, I get it done when it’s written down, perhaps because it’s attached to my desk, so I have to deal with the permanently recurring items immediately before I walk out the door.
These are small items that weigh on your mind even though they are reoccurring. They tug at your memory demanding you remember them. Well, what if you took that tugging away from your brain because it’s written in front of you? The one thing you need to get used to is looking at that sheet of paper every day. It starts your day, you do those things first and then move on to your priority for the day.
This practice will change the way you look at your time-choices while giving you a sense of support and accomplishment. I’ll attach my Daily at A Glance form to get you started: download it, fill it out and start tomorrow. OR, create one that works best for you. Let me know the positive changes that occur.
Download the form here: DAILY AT A GLANCE