When you do the same daily tasks over and over, it’s nice to have a reusable printable to track your progress. Instead of printing your planner on paper, you create the reusable printable on photo paper and use a dry erase marker to add items and check them off. Since I follow a daily time management tracker as part of my Matrix Five Priority System, having one that is reusable saves me a lot of time and paper.
Photo Instead of Paper
Currently, I’m working through the 100 day Mastery Journal from EOFire, where I write down my daily plans the night before and then take action on each task the next day. Creating 5 x 7 inch printables allows me to list my upcoming tasks on a colorful grid and keep them on my desk where I can see them at a glance. The Matrix Five printable works perfectly with the time boxes in the Mastery Journal.
While the journal is nice, it doesn’t sit flat on the desk, so I have to open it each time I want to reference it. With my printables, I just prop them on my monitor stand or put them in a photo frame for reference. When I’m done for the day a damp rag erases the text and I’m ready for a new day.
The first printable I created has a horizontal orientation, where I have enough room for a short sentence of description. I’ve found that just a couple of words for each task usually suffices. There are five wide task boxes, a box to list a daily/morning routine that you might have, and a small box to list one item you are grateful for.
Creating one in vertical mode allows me to stand the printable on my desk and see it at all times. With the shorter boxes, one or two words will need to suffice. Similar to the horizontal printable, there are five task boxes, a box to list a daily/morning routine that you might have, and a small box to list one item you are grateful for.
With a few printables created, you can use these in a variety of ways. The picture above shows how you might set these up on a given day.
Give Them a Try
If you want to try out these printables, I’ve created them as 5 x 7 inch photos that you can have printed at your local or online photo store. I use Costco for all my photo needs, but photo retailers such as WalMart, and Walgreens offer quick service too. I just upload them online and select 5 x 7 as the print size and glossy as the paper preference. Within an hour or two they are ready to go.
Dry Erase Markers
Once you have them printed, use a dry erase marker to fill them out. For longer sentences and more detail, use the fine tip markers. For one or two words, a standard marker will suffice. A glossy photo is pretty durable and can be used quite a few times. Once you are done for the day a damp rag will clean them up nicely.
Reusable Printable: Free Download
Here are the Hi-Rez photo png files. Just download them to your computer and upload them as a 5 x 7 glossy photo to your local photo retailer.
5 x 7 Horizontal View (Click link, then right click and save as to your computer)
5 x 7 Portrait View (Click link, then right click and save-as to your computer)
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