Daily Routine: Plan Your Days to Perfection

Planning ahead is key to enhanced productivity. There are thousands of apps to help you stay productive and get things done; Trust me, if you start using a GTD app and keep using it to manage your tasks without any disruptions, you will see a productivity boost soon enough. Almost all of these sort of apps have a single goal — help improve your productivity levels.

But what about those who are already getting a lot of stuff done over the course of the day? Thanks to a fast paced world, many of us juggle a lot of roles in life, each one with a set of tasks unique of its own. Daily Routine is an app that makes your already packed schedule manageable. Want to know how? Read on.

Overview

Daily Routine keeps track of your everyday routine. Are you a workaholic and not taking enough breaks while at work? Or, do you take too many breaks? Daily Routine is capable of letting you know either way. From assisting you to prepare a blueprint of your life, to setting alerts and notifications when things are due, there isn’t anything that the app can’t do.

In Daily Routine, a routine is a 24-hour time pattern (running from midnight to midnight) made up of timeslots. Each timeslot can have an activity with a specific start and end time.

Getting Started

A Sample Template

A Sample Template

From the looks of it, Daily Routine might appear a bit complex to handle, but the very visual and colorful design works in favor of the app big time. To make things easier, the app offers you to start planning your routine by using the bundled sample routine template. I decided to go with the sample template first and then create a new one from scratch. And yes, you can create as many daily routines as you please.

Working the Sample Routine

The sample routine makes it very clear how the app works. The colors aren’t very easy on the eyes and the design gets a bit rough around the edges when dragged beyond a point, however these issues don’t stand in the way of admiring how powerful the app actually is. Instead of seeing a bunch of tasks with no specific notes or descriptions, it’s refreshing to plan your life minute by minute.

Editing a Sample Routine

Editing a Sample Routine

As I mentioned earlier, events that cross the 24 hour span are split, but the duration, color code and description remain the same. For instance, you can see from the screenshot how my nap time is divided into two halves spread between two days. Congrats to the developer for making an otherwise confusing concept easy to understand!

Editing and Moving Timeslots

Editing and Moving Timeslots

Every aspect of the sample routine is editable. Tap on an event to edit the description, change the duration, set an alert etc. To move things around, use the icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Creating a Routine

Creating a New Routine

Creating a New Routine

The graph makes creating a routine from scratch look like a tedious task, but in reality, that isn’t so. Give the routine a name and you are good to go. If you want, you can customize it a bit, assign it a color, pick an icon, set global alerts and more.

Customizing a Routine

Customizing a Routine

Adding timeslots to a routine is quite simple. Each timeslot by default is thirty minutes long, but can be extended or shortened with ease.

Creating a Timeslot

Creating a Timeslot

Start and end times can be set in customary iOS fashion, but the five minute gaps means you will have to scroll the dial a lot while creating a routine. Just tap, swipe and scroll to instantly add, edit, delete, duplicate or split timeslots and routines.

Setting Alerts and A New Routine

Setting Alerts and A New Routine

With the same ease, you can set reminders for every activity or only for  just a few. All alerts can be enabled or disabled with one tap.

Scheduling Routines

Scheduling Routines

Scheduling Routines

Daily Routine comes with a very powerful scheduling engine. The reason the app supports creating multiple routines is to offer you a chance to mix and match depending on how crazy your days or weeks are. You can assign routines one after another to days in the calendar, or block in bulk for days (or weeks) at a stretch.

Setting Recurring Routines

Setting Recurring Routines

The app cannot make it any easier to assign routines to multiple days. You can even assign a routine to multiple days by just dragging your finger between the start and end dates in the calendar. It isn’t necessary for you to assign only one routine per day, however the one on top is the default.

There isn’t a web app to manage Daily Routine from the desktop, but the iCloud and Dropbox sync and calendar integration come in handy. Besides, the app lets you print routines, download them as a PDF file and offers other import and export options as well.

Final Thoughts

Daily Routine is a killer app for people who tackle multiple demanding roles. I was impressed by the level of customization options it offers to the user. The collection of icon sets and colors available for routines are two among the many little things that have received as much attention as the core feature set.

I have to admit that I missed checking off tasks from the list once they are done. The sense of accomplishment is clearly missing out. However, that’s the only one downside as far as I can see. If you are someone so looking forward to extract the best out of you every waking minute of the day, Daily Routine is a weapon you should have in your arsenal.


Summary

Quickly create routines to remind yourself what you should be doing and when.

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  • abas

    Even though i have full Omnifocus setup i still use this app daily for staying up on those usual routines its really is great app

  • http://www.appforthat.de Julia

    I’ve been eyeing this app before, but I think I’m one of those chaotic types that will never succeed in actually following a schedule. I know what I need to accomplish on a given day, but I simply can’t stick to timed routines. I would constantly need to change stuff around. It’s an interesting concept, though, and I’m fascinated there are people disciplined enough to profit from it. Wish I could be more like you guys at times ;)

  • http://www.fromiphonetomac.com/ lover of iphone to mac

    It is great app for busy people, by helping of it you can know what you must do and you will be in regime everyday. You will not spend your gold time senselessly.

  • Brad

    would love to be able to modify the schedule in a web based application. It is rather complicated to create the routine schedules, even form the iPad. Everything else is great. Easily syncs between iCal and DailyRoutine on all devices.

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