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  1. I’ve been reading this blog for about six months now, and I’m currently pregnant (our first). I want to thank you for all of the tips and great tools you offer. Simplemom.net and simplemarriage.net are definitely helping me shape myself into the wife and soon-to-be mother that I want to be.

  2. My suggestion is get it laminated. It’s cheap to do and saves paper! I had 4 sheets laminated and just use a overheard marker (vis-a-vis) which wipes clean with water when I’m done. Having more than one sheet lets me look back at yesterday’s sheet to see what I didn’t get done so I can move it over to today’s.

    Otherwise I love the daily docket and just need to stick with it 😉 I want to know where you keep your daily docket? My desk where I usually keep it in view is tiny and it takes up space, do you have a special place you keep it in view? Hang it on a bulletin board?

    • Leah,
      I like the idea of laminating several copies of the Daily Dockets. You could either use a binder clip, or hole puncher and what I call a binder ring (I’m not sure what they are really called) to bind it all together. Either way, you could hang the laminates up in plain view.

      • A magnetic sticker strip on the back would work great too, that way it could be posted on the refrigerator!
        Thank you for all the free downloads Simple Moms :)

  3. did you read my mind? I was just thinking about this problem. A rigid schedule doesn’t work (company is coming so the floors MUST get done today and the laundry will have to wait…) but otherwise I feel like I am floating all day without ANY structure. I am anxious to try this.

  4. Like Theresa said above, rigid schedules just don’t work for me either, but I’m becoming frustrated by having no plan at all.

    Your Daily Docket looks really helpful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. I know I’ve read about your Daily Docket system before, but thank you for this little nudge — I just printed it out and we’ll see how it goes. I was just last night thinking about this (as I was reading Steady Days), that I owe it to my family and to myself to be more organized. And I simply cannot keep all this stuff in my head — I’m too old and my brain is too leaky. :)
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Seeds, Seeds, and More Seeds =-.

  6. I love this idea. I’m a designer and visual person as well, so lists work great for me. Keeps me on track! I was just brainstorming on a similar form to make but a little more customized for life in general. I wish I was organized enough to stick to my daily lists, but realistically I don’t. I sure try though. I like this idea of only putting 6-10 things on your to-do list. Good idea:-)
    .-= Amy @ Living Locurto´s last blog ..New free Valentines =-.

  7. Love this idea! And what would make it even better would be if you sold it as a dry erase board :) The i wouldn’t feel like i was wasting paper.

  8. I’m new to your blog and I’m really enjoying it. Thank you for the free downloads. I’m looking forward to trying your daily docket. I’ve tried other things in the past but they have been to structured for lives surprises. I like how yours is flexible but still keeps you on track. Thanks again!
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..Food! =-.

  9. I really like your daily docket here, it works well for getting through my day. I hate printing things off so much though, so I’ve copied your plan onto a dry erase board and hang it on my wall. Less paper waste! There are also dry erase sleeves that pages can slide into.
    .-= Summer´s last blog ..This Is Why I Should Be A Hermit =-.

  10. Now I need to put “Pull printer out of closet” on my to-do list so that I can print the docket!

    Someday, when you have time, you should make this an electronic document for us “paperless” folks. Someday.

    Thanks, Tsh!
    .-= amandaginn´s last blog ..Right now. =-.

  11. Thanks, this is great, this is basically what I do everyday in a notebook, but now I think I’m going to print it off, laminate it, and keep it on my fridge next to my master calender. I’m so glad I stopped by your page today!

  12. I like this idea! I do a Daily clipboard: http://homegrownmom.com/domestically-challenged/my-daily-clipboard/420

    I’ve tried to get it all onto one sheet before and I can’t seem to keep it that way. But I have done similar things. I especially love your MIT’s! When I do keep the one sheet, I list my top 6 priorities, starting with God, my hubby, and kids down one side as a reminder. I was thinking of posting the sheet I made, but yours is way cooler! I’m sure I’ll be linking to it soon :)
    .-= Angela @Homegrown Mom´s last blog ..Homegrown Grandma =-.

  13. Just started using the Daily Docket and LOVE IT! It’s such a satisfying feeling to be able to check things off. It makes you feel more purposeful through your day. Such a great tool!
    Thank you thank you thank you.
    .-= April´s last blog ..Young Love =-.

  14. Thank you for this post. Every year I feel like I try another “schedule” system and a week into it feel like a failure cause I can’t follow it perfectly. Life happens and kids are unpredictable! Thank you for sharing your wisdom w/ us. Can’t wait to read more!

  15. I really like the daily docket. I printed off the small one and used it for a week or so. But I don’t like wasting printer ink. So after a week of using it I found I pretty much had the format down and I write it in a spiral notebook. I do the “brain dump” you had posted about in the past,on the back of the previous days daily docket, then make up my docket based on that. I try to do it each morning and then pray through it before I start my day.

    It has helped a lot

  16. I’m very excited to give this a try. It’s definitely much more up my the lines of my life style with our busy life. Can’t wait to give it a try this week! I’m new to your blog and I LOVE IT! It’s exactly what I need to keep me motivated, knowing I’m not alone!

  17. I really liked the idea of the daily docket, and was wishing there was an iPhone app for it. :) I recently discovered Bento 3, and realized that you can make a Daily Docket using the various spreadsheet tools. It works really well! This way, you can either print it out, use the electronic copy on your computer, or, with the Bento3 app for iPhone/iPod touch, you can carry it around with you that way! I still think a Daily Docket iPhone app would be a very good idea, though. :)

  18. I’m also one who hates wasting paper, but I like making it look nice. I bought a cheap certificate frame at target for $5 and put the daily docket in there. Then I just use a dry erase marker to write on it and erase it every day. Works for me!

  19. perfect timing on this post. I have printed this list off many times but could not find my download so I was going to search your site for it. Thanks for the repost because it was right there.

    I love this list.

  20. I LOVE this!!! Thank you so much. I cannot wait to share these ideas with my moms’ group on Wednesday. Keep these good posts comin’!

  21. My Husband and I are moving into our own home next week (after housesitting since getting married 10 months ago). I am looking forward to developing a flexible schedule which still allows me to accomplish goals throughout the day.

    In the past I have used Google To-do lists to outline my monthly/weekly tasks which I then cross off once they are completed. At the end of every month/week I then mark then as uncompleted and start again. I look forward to incorporating your daily docket so I can transfer one weekly and one monthly task to accomplish each day :-)

    I love reading your posts thank you for taking the time to write such a great blog.

  22. I am fairly new to your blog, but I absolutely LOVE reading your tips and ideas to simplify and organize life. I am a working mother, and it is such a struggle for me to find new ways to further simplify. Thank you for writing, and I look forward to following your blog!

  23. My daily docket is – literally – the back of an envelope! I save our used envelopes and grab one each morning (or sometimes start one the night before), writing a bullet point list of the day’s ‘to do’s. The important thing is, I update it constantly during the day, crossing off completed items (which gives me a ridiculous amount of satisfaction) and adding new ones as they come to mind. The latter is a lifesaver for me, as I nail down new ideas down on paper – the envelope list – before I get distracted and forget them again. On the reverse side of the envelope I jot down what I’m planning to feed my toddler for her lunch and dinner. This is a good prompt for any foods I may need to defrost, and also, when I come racing into the house after a trip out, with a hungry child in tow, I can glance at my docket and remind myself what I had planned for her next meal – rather than dredge it all up again from the back of my mind.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Upon the loss of a child =-.

  24. This is great! I have used a Franklin Covey planner for years, but can never stick with it because as my life has changed (added children, changed jobs, etc.) the way it is to be used has changed a lot! Too much effort to keep updating it :-(

    I like this layout and it seems like it would actually fit. It seems to encompass the pieces of my life, but doesn’t seem to look too overwhelming! Thanks! I can’t wait to try this!

  25. If it means anything, count me in on asking for the Daily Docket in iPhone app form. Until that wonderful day, I guess I’ll carry it around in my pocket, all folded up, next to my iPhone…

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