Welcome to day three in the January Planning Series! Our first two posts discussed how to plan your entire year, followed by creating a plan for a whole month. This brings us to the much more manageable, how to plan your week post!
I love to plan out a week. You can accomplish a lot, but it’s definitely not the daunting challenge of planning out an entire year. So let’s get started with your weekly planning.
Use a Habit Tracker
You can do this in whatever way is easiest. There are apps, or you can make your own. The idea is you are more conscious of the choices you’re making during the week because you’re keeping track of how often you follow your ideal habit patterns.
This is a great thing to do when trying something new, like yoga or healthy eating, but it can also help your goal hour. Remember that? Your goal hour is the time each day devoted to your goal steps. Use a habit tracker to remind yourself of your dreams and to get to work on accomplishing them.
Well…kind of. As much as possible, you want to prep ahead of time for your week. Things like meal prep, cleaning or chore charts, and picking outfits can be done on Sunday, and then you’re good to go for the rest of the week.
This saves you time, so during your week, you can be hyper-focused on what matters. Your responsibilities, family, and goals can come first when the time-consuming things are done.
Some things cannot be automated, but there’s usually a way to be more efficient if you look closely.
Group Like Tasks Together
Do you have a lot of similar tasks? It may be faster to get them all done at once. This could mean all your home chores and grocery shopping happen on the same day, or maybe your side hustle work occurs during a specific block of time.
Find a way to move things around, so your similar activities happen on the same day.
How to Plan the Actual Schedule
In any given week, you’ll want to work on many things. There’s a lot of room for detail. For example, you’ll probably have set hours at your job, meal prep and planning, workouts, and time with loved ones. On top of this, you may have a side hustle or hobby.
The key to planning our most significant life goals is to start with general concepts and work them into smaller pieces that can be completed easily.
Begin with a Planner or App
Most of us need some way to track our time. For many, apps have taken the place of pen and paper. But you can use either. I prefer a paper planner, and probably always will. Next, write in everything that has a fixed time. This means hair appointments, meetings at work, etc.
Add the Most Important Side Activities
Some things don’t have fixed times, but they need to be done. This includes grocery shopping, working out or using the home gym, or finishing that project that’s due soon.
Add the most essential side activities first. Check out your calendar for days that have more free time than others. You should start with the most important because if you leave them until the end, there may not be much time left.
Add in the Things That Matter Most
Friendships and time with family can often get set on the back burner when things get busy. Don’t let that be the case! You need these relationships to grow, not fade.
For family, try to work in some time together every day. Or if things are crazy, you can always plan something over the weekend, like breakfast together or a hike.
Friendships are easier to neglect because these people don’t live with you. However, their presence in your life is valuable. When you plan your week, if there’s someone you haven’t seen in a while, try to meet up. Make it a weekly goal to consciously add social engagements to your plans.
The Steps Toward Your Goals
Remember your big, huge, beautiful goals for the year? Well, scheduling them in is what makes them actually happen.
Go back over the steps (from the monthly planning post) and take a little time daily or weekly to work on them. That way, your dreams don’t fall by the wayside while you’re living life and going through the motions of your regular schedule.
Not every moment should be planned. In fact, building a little time to relax into your routine is healthy. Whether it’s after work or before you go to sleep, make sure at least an hour of your time each day can be used as you like.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please check back tomorrow for day four in the January Planning Series!