What is the Day Optimizer Methodology?

Learn what the methodology is and who it is for.

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The Day Optimizer methodology is a set of concepts and frameworks you can use to live your life with intent, by giving you a structure that helps you align how you use your time with your values, goals & desires.

The methodology can be implemented on paper or using software. The Day Optimizer web app is being built to make it easier to implement the methodology, but the methodology itself can be implemented in other apps as well.


Imagine what it would feel like to live a life full of intent. A life where every day the time you spend aligns with your goals and intentions. A life where you feel in control, even when work and life are not perfectly balanced. A life designed by you, not imposed on you.

I believe such a life is possible, but that it requires work. Work that is not difficult, but remains undone by most people. 

It can be a struggle to define what you want your life to look like. It can be a struggle to organize your thoughts and set priorities. It can be a struggle to translate your goals and intentions into a plan for how to spend each day. It can be a struggle to execute that plan without succumbing to distractions, interruptions and procrastination. 

Day Optimizer is a methodology—a series of concepts, techniques and frameworks—for making that work easier. To help you design and implement a life full of intent…and then continue to improve it over time.

At its core, Day Optimizer helps you create more realistic daily plans that align with your priorities, then execute those plans more effectively, so you regain control of your time.

But the methodology described herein goes far beyond creating and executing effective daily plans. It helps you anchor your work in your life goals and develop practices that help make those a reality.

Who Is Day Optimizer For?

No methodology or technique works for everyone in all situations. Each depends on an underlying set of assumptions—sometimes implicit—that shape its optimal usage. 

So who is the Day Optimizer methodology for?

While many people can gain value from learning the methodology, those whose work has three characteristics will benefit the most:

  • Multifaceted
    People with multiple competing priorities, whether those are work or personal priorities, need a different system than those who have a single priority or work from a single backlog list.
  • Autonomy
    People who are mostly in control of their own time—whose calendar or method of working is not dictated by other people, outside of a limited number of meetings.
  • Leverage
    People who gain more personal value when they use time more effectively, whether that’s more money, less stress or an increased reputation for being effective.

In general, solopreneurs, freelancers, entrepreneurs and independent agents have a work structure that does well with the Day Optimizer methodology. 

Makers, who work primary from a backlog of tasks, and managers, whose days are dominated by meetings, may find parts useful, but may struggle to adopt the methodology as a whole.

The 5 Phases of the Methodology

The methodology is broken down into 5 phases, each with a workflow that helps you achieve better outcomes:

  1. Orient
    Set intentions for your work and life.
  2. Prepare
    Figure out what you need to do next.
  3. Plan
    Follow a process for creating a more realistic plan.
  4. Execute
    Navigate obstacles as you go through your day.
  5. Reflect
    Look back and decide how to improve.

Each of these phases has its own cadence. Some you will do every day; others only once a week, once a month or once a year.

Ready to start learning the methodology? Let’s get started…

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