How do you plan your day? What's your workflow?

My daily planning is up in the air as I switch out of Obsidian as an “everything” app and into more specialised note taking, task management, and planning apps. The weekly and daily planning are where I am falling over, and hoping to find some ideas!

For me, all my planning is a balance of Fantastical and Omnifocus. Sunday nights are designated for ‘review’. I have three projects in Omnifocus (Morning Daily Review, Evening Daily Review, and Weekly Review) These all help into planning out everything for me.

The hardest part for me since you mentioned specialized note-taking. I primarily utilize Ulysses and Craft (different hats) so to speak. However, there were a handful of times that Ulysses gave me sync issues so I jumped into Craft for the day to get through my errands and speaking engagements. This hiccup occurred a few times that I am almost considering either jumping ship or keeping a backup in Craft.

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I create a weekly plan on the weekend, usually on Sunday. I use Things as my primary task app and Obsidian for my project notes and plans. The weekly plan is just a note in my Planning folder. I refer to the quarterly plan to make sure I’m making progress on the right things. Then I just have a bullet list for each day, Sunday - Saturday. Each day gets a simple entry of between 1 - 3 big rocks. Then at the start of each day, I open up the weekly plan and my calendar and fill in time blocks of 1-2 hours for each of the items I have for that day. Of course life can throw you a curve ball and an urgent call or email might displace what I had planned over the weekend. But I try to move around the big rocks to other days if I can.

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I’m following the work schedule of quarterly planning sessions for work items that will go into one or more two-week sprints during the same quarter. All tracking in Jira, supporting documentation in Confluence and PowerPoint. Add sprint planning, demos and retros to that, and my weeks are filling themselves with ceremonies.

It’s pretty rigid, and leaves very little room for any of my own tools. Scaled Agile looks an awful lot like waterfall for us old-timers…

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I do my planning for the week on Sunday afternoon. I start with a mind sweep (a la GTD) of everything that’s taking up space in my brain. I review my current project folders (Evernote), my task manager (Reminders), and my calendar, and basically write a big list of all the things I want or need to get done during the week.

Then I transfer that list to my calendar in specific time blocks. (e.g. Monday morning from 8:30 until 11:00 AM - write and schedule emails for the week, Tuesday from 8:30 until 11:00 AM, write this week’s podcast episode, etc.).

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I just changed this up, and so far, it’s kind of amazing.

I put appointments in my calendar.

I have tasks in project notes, plus a catchall personal note with those random tasks that don’t really need a project (put registration sticker on car), and a similar one for random work tasks (another anti-corruption training!).

Then I click a link in my daily note and it schedules the tasks from all those notes into the time between my appointments.

I’m using NotePlan. To make it work, I schedule tasks to a date >2022-08-08 or >today; optionally, I estimate how much time it will take '20m and maybe add a priority level !!

The link I click is an x-callback URL that triggers a NotePlan plugin (Auto Time Blocking); the link shows up in every daily note through a template.

So I really just have to have a rough idea of each task’s duration, importance (most have no priority set) and what day I want/need to do it. The rest comes down to one click. If I fall behind, or priorities change, or a bunch of new tasks crop up – all frequent occurrences – I just make any necessary changes, click the link again and it all gets shuffled.

The time blocks only show up in NotePlan, which is what I want (ie, they aren’t turned into real calendar entries, though I think you could do that). I can add some manually too, and it’ll schedule and reschedule around those just like calendar entries.

I can do it all with my keyboard because it’s all just text.

I’m blown away by how simple it is to use (though it took me a bit to figure out how to make it work).

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Mine is very low-tech, because I’m spending a lot of my time doing care-giving.

I have each day M–F dedicated to a specific kind of work; Monday is planning and scheduling, Tuesday dealing with various tasks in support of my mom, Wed & Thurs to research and writing, Friday to housekeeping/ cooking etc. I’ve been doing this since January, and it’s mostly worked well, in that I’ve been able to do more writing this year than last. It’s an attention-time-focus tools, because I will be interrupted, and can’t predict when. Having a constrained field to concentrate on each day means less ping-ponging between realms of work.

I’m trying to spend Saturday and Sunday Not Working, but am pretty much failing.

I use Calendar for specific days and times for due dates and appointments. I make a note of dates/times in Notes if they affect my mom (I.e. doctors appointments) where I keep a log of her glucose etc.

Meal planning happens in Mela, with the shopping lists getting copied to Notes. Alas, I have’t automated this, but I plan to. I only started using Mela in July.

The daily/weekly task management happens on paper; a Weekly Planner from Write Notepads augmented by a 3 x 5 index card.

Post pandemic, I stopped needing to use a bullet journal as my deadlines dissolved by mid 2020; post 2021, so much of my time is not really predictable, that I don’t block out time anymore.

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