Lovies, there are many ways we can take care ourselves outside of just taking a specific day and doing our ritualistic relaxation routines. I believe that time management helps us take better care of ourselves every single day. When we take the time to plan out our day to day activities for the week we get a clear picture of what our world looks like for the week and therefore have time to mentally prepare for what lies ahead. Here are my 3 tips for planning your week well.
Get a planner!
In order to map our my week, we have to have a clear view of what it entails. The primary way I do this is by writing my daily schedule in a planner. In the past, my choice for planners has been the Erin Condren Life Planner, but for 2018 I am taking a different approach with The Day Designer. What you will need to do is gather all of your activities and organize them by day and time.
Example: 6:00 am – Morning Workout
8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Work
6:00 pm – Meeting with Client
7:30 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – Reading and Bedtime
That is just a simplified version of how your time and activities can be laid out. You can really be as simple or detailed oriented as you please.
Pretty Planning is another method people use to help them enjoy planning. This involves purchasing stickers, washi tape, colorful pens, etc. to place in their planners to not only help them plan but make it aesthetically pleasing and fun. I also am a bit of a pretty planner and love to purchase my items from Etsy.
Get a plan!
As we all know, when we fail to plan; we plan to fail. This is so true. Anytime I do not map out my week it turns into a whirlwind of chaos. Getting a plan is fairly simple. First write in the items you do routinely throughout your week in your planner, such as: working out, going to work, fixing dinner, etc. Once you have your routine items down fill in with your periodic items. These can include special days you set aside for working on your business or blogging. Plug those items in and be sure to attach a dedicated timeframe to each of those. This is how we remain committed to our plan so we do procrastinate and get overwhelmed. Next, you will want to consider the extra-curricular activities you have committed to or would like to participate in for the week. If you have activities for your children such as ballet or basketball or you’re going to a concert or fashion show, all of this needs to be mapped out in your planner. You should have a fully constructed week at this point. Every day, most of us also have tasks that we need to do. Make a list for each day and put it in your planner to do on those days. These are items that won’t take much time, like going to the post office, emailing someone or paying a bill. Now you know what you are doing and when you are doing it. This way don’t overload yourself, unknowingly overbook yourself or under deliver because you overcommitted.
Work Your Plan
The only way for this to work is for you to work it, love! Remember if we don’t put it into practice, it cannot produce progress or perfection. Now that you have the tools you need, it’s time to not only begin planning your week in your planner but to also go ahead and purchase your planner for 2018 so you go into the New Year with a plan and no excuses. Success doesn’t just happen, you have to develop your roadmap to get you there.
I told you these would be simple steps to follow. Now, I want to hear from you. What tips and tricks do you use to plan a successful week?
Until next time…