I always have a million things happening at the same time.
I like to stay busy with lots of projects and activities. But, this means that there’s a lot for me to juggle, so it’s easy for me to feel overworked and overwhelmed.
I love everything that I get to do, but if I don’t stay organized, I’m less productive, which only causes me to become more stressed.
It’s a weird cycle.
Fortunately, I’ve figured out how to master all of my jobs and activities without feeling like a frazzled mess.
Weekly Planning: Why It’s Effective & Necessary
You stop wasting time.
I don’t know about you, but I’m easily distracted when I have a lot of work to do. For instance, if I know that I have a blog post to write, suddenly washing the cushions on my couch is an urgent matter that needs to be addressed immediately. There are also times when I have so much to do, that I can’t decide what’s more important, so I start multitasking in an attempt to do a little bit of everything, then nothing ends up getting done.
But, planning out my week ahead of time stops me from wasting time each day wondering, “Should I start this or finish that” because all I have to do at the beginning of every day is sit down and get to work.
You save yourself a lot of stress.
I do my best worrying right before I fall asleep. As I’m laying in bed, ready to drift off, I suddenly remember that I forgot to write the newsletter or that I didn’t pick up a gift card for tomorrow’s birthday party. Then that sends me into a fit of trying to remember everything else I have to do for the week so I don’t forget those things, too.
Here’s the beauty of weekly planning: you don’t have to try and remember everything, because you get all of your to-dos and tasks out of your brain and into your planner at the beginning of the week!
You’re more motivated.
Not being anxious about my schedule gives me the time and energy to focus on the projects that are most important. There are some extra busy weeks where I’ve tried to get by without planning my week, and I’m always pretty miserable and less productive. Now that I consistently organize my week ahead of time, I feel more motivated every day because I know I just have to wake up and do whatever I planned on Sunday.
How to Be A #BossBabe & Plan Your Week Before It Even Begins
1. Pick a time and schedule it.
I suggest doing your weekly planning on Sundays. This way, you’ll be getting ahead of the week. You could also do Saturdays if you want to be really on top of things. Either way, make sure you choose a day that works for you and stick with it.
Notice how I didn’t stop with “pick a time”? That’s because it’s extremely critical for you to schedule a specific time for you to plan your week or you’ll never do it. For example, if you’re generally free on Sundays from 1-1:30 pm, grab your phone and block out 1-1:30 pm every Sunday to do your weekly planning. This way, you have the time on your calendar and have committed to doing it.
Of course, things will come up during your planning time every once and a while, but the idea is to get yourself into a habit.
2. Gather your goodies.
Setting yourself up with the right supplies is essential.
I spent a lot of time researching the perfect planner and thought it would be best for me to invest in a good quality one. Of course, any planner will do. You could technically write out your entire week in a WordDoc. My only recommendation here is to find something that works for you and stick with it.
My weekly planning goodies are:
1. Planner (see which one I use here)
2. Colored pens (because, duh!)
I like to have my laptop and my phone because I always need to add activities from my blogging calendar and my personal calendar. If you have multiple calendars, too, make sure you grab them. Once you do your planning a few times, you’ll get an idea of the tools you need.
3. Go through each day.
Once you gather all of your goodies, find a quiet spot where you can focus, and go through each day on your calendars and add any activities to your planner. Dinners, meetings, work hours, classes, due dates, birthdays, holidays – everything goes! Schedule out study time, write down any weekly goals you have, keep track of to-dos. Remember, the point is to get everything out of your head and into your planner.
And that’s it! Now, all you have to do is look at your planner each morning, and conquer the day!