How to Use a Digital Daily Planner Effectively

Whether you’re using your daily planner for your personal or professional goals, here are four ways to effectively use it.

April 27, 2022
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We do so much of our work (and play) online, it only makes sense to use a daily planner online as well. Having a digital daily planner allows you to stay organized in the same place you do your work and use technology to keep track of your tasks, goals and everything in between. Having a daily planner also increases your productivity because writing things down increases the likelihood of remembering your to-dos and also accomplishing them. 

Whether you’re using your daily planner for your personal and/or professional goals, here are four ways to effectively use a digital daily planner. 

One to Planner to Plan It All

There are a lot of ways to use a daily planner: remember important dates, cross off to-do lists, keep track of goals, and plan out your day, week, month, or year. To get the most out of a daily planner, you should use a tool that allows you to do all of that in one place. Having multiple tools and platforms to organize and plan can be unnecessarily complicated. 

Use a tool like Assembly’s Daily/Weekly Work Agenda. This tool has customizable templates that allows you structure your planner in the most efficient and intuitive way possible for you to get your work done. It has everything you need, in an easy-to-use interface, to be the all-in-daily planner like keeping track of goals and making a list of tasks. 

Turn It into a Habit

An effective daily planner is one that is used daily. Making your daily planner a part of your routine will turn it into one of your most productive habits. A really effective way to use your daily agenda is to make it a part of your morning routine. That way, you can be ready and organized as you start your day. For tips on how to make your morning routine more effective, check out this blog post

If you need help getting into the flow of using a daily agenda, turn on notifications and reminders on your digital daily planner. Or make a note in your alarm. These reminders are one of the reasons why using a digital daily planner might be more productive than using a paper one. To learn about Assembly’s day planner, check out this video.

Prioritize and Segment Your Tasks

Is your planner looking a little cluttered with all the things you have to do and the goals you want to accomplish? You’re not alone. These days, there are so many things demanding our attention and too many things that need to be done. That’s why it is crucial to prioritize your tasks. What is the most important? What needs to be done today, and what can be done tomorrow? These are questions you can ask to help prioritize all the things you need to do. 

Segmenting, or grouping, your tasks can also be a productivity hack. Segmenting your tasks makes it easier for your brain to keep things organized. What is part of your personal tasks and what needs to be done for work? Perhaps you need to make a group of tasks for self-care or health. Think about what is important to you and group your tasks. Use a digital daily planner tool, like the Daily/Weekly Planner from Assembly, to prioritize and segment your tasks for a more organized day. 

Keep Track of Your Progress

Listen, you’re doing a great job. Isn’t that great to hear? It’s just as affirming to see that you’re doing a great job, and one way to do that is to track your progress. Sometimes we get so caught up in the moment and all the things we have to do, we need a reminder to take a step back and see how far we’ve come. Take a look at all the tasks you accomplished and the goals you reached. 

If your daily planner isn’t tracking your progress, you might want to consider another tool. A daily planner tool like Assembly’s daily/weekly planner will track your progress and also allow you reflect and make a note of what worked and didn’t to make improvements. Keep an eye on your progress and celebrate when you hit milestones! 

Try Assembly’s Daily/Weekly Agenda Today

It can be challenging to find a daily agenda that meets all your needs and helps you achieve goals easily. Luckily, there is Assembly’s daily agenda tool that is fully customizable and can bring much-needed simplicity into our daily planning. Try the Daily/Weekly Agenda Flow to keep track of everything you need to do and stay organized while doing it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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