If you haven’t heard me talk or post about the Daily Docket, that means you’ve been reading less than three years, because that’s how long it’s been since I brought up this little tool. It’s been available on the downloads page pretty much for the duration of this blog, but there hasn’t really been more to say.
But several of you write me often about this download. It seems like I actually get at least one email weekly regarding the Daily Docket, which at almost three years, means I’ve got a file of almost 150 emails. Not really, but you get my point—you guys talk to me a lot about this download.
I recently decided to dust off the original Daily Docket, make some changes both practically and aesthetically, and share it again with you. Once more, it’s free for you to download, print, and use however you like.
What is a Daily Docket, you ask? Let me remind you.
The Daily Docket 2.0
A Daily Docket is a simple little printable tool that helps you get through your day. It’s a to-do list at its most basic, but I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it as useful as possible for everyday parents who have households to manage.
Here are some changes:
1. More room in the “health” box.
I wanted to write out my day’s game plan for taking care of myself. Heck, I want to give credit for all the little ways I’m good to myself throughout the day, because as a mom and work-from-home gal, it’s easy to forget.
I made it broader, too—it’s not just about keeping a food log and working out, it also includes getting enough sleep, reading for fun, and doing whatever you love that feeds your soul.
2. The to-do list and the schedule are now the same thing.
I decided these two separate lists were taking up valuable space, so I merged them in to one awesome list. Write the time if there’s something time-sensitive on your list; leave it blank otherwise.
There’s still only ten spaces for your to-do list, to curb your temptation to add too much on your agenda. Keep it to ten, and you’re most likely to finish it, which feels amazing. But even if you don’t, it’s no big deal—you can just move unfinished stuff to tomorrow.
3. More space in the work department.
I made both a checklist and empty white space for both your left and right brain. Make a list for your organized side; doodle and brainstorm in the blank spot for your creative side.
4. New spots for tomorrow and this week.
I often added extra lists in the “notes” department for things I needed to do tomorrow or later in the week. So now, it’s official.
5. I also added these spots in the Pocket Docket.
I spiffed up the smaller version of the Daily Docket, too. I combined the list spots into one main to-do list, and I added the “tomorrow” and “this week” spots as well.
Here’s an example of how I use the Daily Docket:
(Well, these aren’t all frequently-asked yet (some of them are), but you know what I mean…)
Q: But I liked the old one. Can I still download it?
Yep! I’ll keep it on the downloads page.
Q: Can you send me the Word file so I can customize it?
I create my downloads in Adobe InDesign, so it’s not really something you can customize in Word. Feel free to make your own, though!
Q: I don’t like printing so much paper. Any ideas?
Well, you could try the Pocket Docket, which uses half as much paper. You can also print on both sides, or frame and hang the Docket, using a dry erase marker on the glass.
I get your dilemma; I do. So here’s the popular follow-up question:
Q: Will you make an app version of the Daily Docket?
I get asked this more than any other question about the Docket. And I LOVE this idea. But… I’m not an app developer, so I’d need to hire someone (which also means this app would cost a little to download). That’s fine for me, when the time is right. But I just haven’t had the time.
But with enough feedback, I might be open to pursuing this idea. I’m a digital girl myself; I depend on my iPhone like little else, so I get the need.
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So here’s where you come in: tell me what you’d like to see in an app version of the Daily Docket. What would you like in a to-do list app? Give me your ideas, because I may seriously use them!