Establishing your routines and setting aside time to plan are integral parts of success. If you haven’t read part 1 of how to simply and effectively plan your day, check it out first.

Morning and Evening Routines

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How you start and end your day will have a big impact on how you feel and what you accomplish. Many successful people attribute their morning routine to how they are able to achieve their goals.

If you are looking to create a morning routine, there are 2 resources you should check out. One is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. He also has a podcast you can listen to. Another resource (which is a much shorter read) is Crystal Paine’s 5 Days to a Better Morning.

As I mentioned in why you should have an evening routine, I haven’t mastered the morning routine just yet. And if you are not ready to do that yet, then focus on your evening routine instead and how you can prepare for rest and end your day well.

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Daily/Weekly/Monthly to-Do Lists

As I mentioned in part 1, taking some time to plan your upcoming week will greatly impact what you get accomplished and will also help you to feel more in control of your schedule.

Similarly, taking a few minutes each day to focus on your most important tasks will help you to stay on track for what needs to get done. This time will help you simply and effectively plan your day.

Prioritization and Focus

If you’ve set SMART goals, two key elements to achieving them are prioritization and focus. In order to work towards your goals, you need to be taking steps that will help move you forward.

Your daily, weekly, and monthly plans should highlight what you are focusing on and prioritizing. Keep these tasks at the front of your mind and remind yourself of them to increase your likelihood of getting them accomplished.


A daily practice of gratitude will significantly impact your mindset. While we can’t choose all of our circumstances and some days definitely do not go as planned, we do get to choose our attitude and how we respond. You will find what you look for so include gratitude as you plan and end your day.

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Priorities Assessment

Periodically do a priorities assessment and review all of your commitments. If you have been in the habit of overcommitting, you may want to review a bit more often as you take back control of your schedule and practice saying no. To create margin in your life, you need to be selective with your commitments.

Monthly Calendars

Monthly calendars allow you to look ahead to what you have coming up. If you have school-aged kids, this is especially helpful as you plan your summer.

It can be a challenge to both allow for margin while also keeping kids active during the summer, but looking at monthly plans allows you to find a healthy balance to planned activities vs free time.

Monthly calendars are also helpful for planning vacations, weekends away, and any other special events, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. It is a good way to have a bird’s eye view of everything you have scheduled as a check point for how your commitments and plans are going.

Simply Scheduled

Life can feel overwhelming at times, but with resources and a plan, it feels much more manageable. When you simply and effectively plan your day your time is spent more intentionally and things run much more smoothly.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin

To help you take back control over your home and your life, I designed the Simply Scheduled Workbook. Let go of the stress and burden you carry in your mind by creating a plan.

That doesn’t mean everything will necessarily go as planned, so give yourself grace and change your definition of productivity when it doesn’t all get done. Being flexible and allowing for rest and play are key parts to living a purposeful life.

This digital workbook goes along with the categories in this post (as well as the ones included in part 1). It was intentionally minimally designed for maximum focus (and bonus that is is easy on your printer ink!).

The workbook contains:

  • all the things list
  • task lists + ideas
  • meal plan & grocery list
  • remember today & important dates
  • priorities assessment
  • morning & evening routines
  • daily, weekly, & monthly planners
  • 2020 monthly calendars

Use the Simply Scheduled Workbook to get a handle on all your to-do’s by creating routines, habits, and systems that work for you.

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