It’s a strange time for us all, and never before has a daily routine been more important. Giving structure to your day can help you feel organised and calm.
Stay on track in lockdown with my daily quarantine productivity planner.
As the days and weeks during lockdown roll into each other, I know most of us are adjusting to new routines and trying out different ways to be productive and motivated. We are trying to balance work, exercise and fun all within the same space. Some days will be better than others. It’s completely ok to be a couch potato one day and a 20k steps, everything on my to-do list and entire house cleaned productive freak the next. There’s no guidebook to the situation we are facing, all you can do is your best.
One thing that has really helped me lately is keeping a daily planner. I have always been a big fan of to-do lists. Whenever I feel a little overwhelmed with all the different things I need to get done it really relaxes my mind when I get them out of my head and on to paper.
That’s why I created my own planner that covers everything I hope to get done each day and acts a reminder that I can look at throughout the day. Keep reading to see what mine looks like and how I fill it out.
Positive Ways I Will Start My Day
How I start my day usually dictates how the rest of the day will be. If I wake up late and stay in bed on my phone I’ll feel lazy. Whereas if I get up when the alarm goes off and have my hot water, lemon and apple cider vinegar drink I immediately feel like I’ve started off well. I usually like to read the New York Times Daily briefing email that I signed up to. It’s a snapshot of the news that sticks to the facts and doesn’t take advantage of scare tactics like a lot of other media. A little self-care like a shower and some skincare have me feeling ready to take on the day and get stuck into my todo list.
Top Priorities & To-Do’s
Most days I’ll have one or two top tasks that I need to complete. I’ll usually try to do these at the beginning of the day and get them out of the way. Afterwards, I’ll try to make my way through the smaller tasks. Writing everything down on paper helps me feel organised and I’m more liking to get everything done.
I’m trying to plan my meals so, A. I can go to the shops as little as possible, and B. to stick to eating healthy. So at the beginning of each week, I make a meal plan, and then each day I write what I’m going to have that day. If I’m missing any ingredients I’ll pop them on the Things To Buy section and pick them up during my walk.
Make Your Own or Download Mine
I made this Daily Planner using Canva. It’s a really easy tool to use if you want to make your own. Or, if you want to use mine you can save the image below. I don’t have a printer in my apartment so I save a new image every day and use the markup edit tool on my phone to fill it out.
View the PDF version HERE.