I’ve always been a planner. I’m that weird person who loves lists so much that I add things to it after it’s already done just so I can cross it off haha. That’s weird right?? Besides making endless lists, I’ve gotten in the habit over this last year or so of sitting down on Sunday (or Monday if I work on Sunday) and looking at the week ahead and writing out a more detailed plan for myself. Today we’re going to chat about why and how I started doing this each week!
I started planning out my weeks because I felt like I wasn’t using my time well during the week. I’d get to the end of the week and realize I honestly didn’t accomplish anything at all besides the bare minimum. I knew that if I just organized my time better and made myself a kind of list for my week, I’d be much more likely to get more things done. Then I started my blog and IG account and I realized I definitely had to get better at planning out and utilizing my time or I’d never accomplish my goals!
Another reason I decided to start being more organized throughout the week is because it helps relieve some of my anxiety. I know I’m not the only one who sees a list of things to do that’s a mile long and instantly feels anxious about getting it all done. How weird is it that I’m a hug list person but they can also cause me anxiety?? I noticed that on the rare occasion that I planned out my week, my anxiety got a lot better because I felt like I had an attack plan for my list of to-do’s. Instead of seeing my list and feeling overwhelmed by it, I began to see my list as a challenge and something I completely capable of managing.
Recently, I realized that while I was using this technique for my daily life and responsibilities, I had been missing a huge opportunity to use it to be more consistent with the blog and IG. The last few weeks I’ve been doing so much behind the scenes work in order to get myself ready to start posting here three times a week and also have regular content on my IG feed and stories. For the first time, I feel confident and prepared to really start working towards achieving my goals and it’s the best feeling ever.
I wanted to share with you guys a little more in depth about how I organize my week just in case any of you are interested in doing it too! First things first, get a good planner that meets your needs! This year, I got an Erin Condren planner and so far I love it (click for my exact one). If you’re looking for something a little bit cheaper, you can get the Passion Planner and it’s also great! I love the LifePlanner from Erin Condren because you can customize the weekly portion of the planner to fit your needs better. I chose to have the weekdays broken down hourly with a small area for to-do’s at the bottom of each day and a larger spot on the side for miscellaneous notes. I’ll tell you what I write in each spot a little farther down so keep reading!
Every Sunday afternoon (or Monday, if I worked Sunday) I sit down with my planner and my iPad to brainstorm (planning a blog post on this soon!) about what I need and want to accomplish in the coming week. I try to break everything down into those two categories so that I know what I need to be prioritize and what I can allow to fall to the next week if necessary. This really helps decrease any feelings of anxiety for me because I don’t feel stressed or worried about not getting to everything in the ‘want’ category.
Once my lists are made, I use the notes section on the side of the weekly pages of my planner to list out the items in each category. This basically functions as my ‘week at a glance’ to-do list and I check things off of this list as I do them. Then, I use that list to assign different things to different days and I jot them down at the bottom of the day column they belong in. If you need a visual of how it looks in my planner, check out the picture above!
After I assign each task to a day, I do my best to assign a window of time to each one. For example, if I need to work on two different blog posts, go to the gym, and vacuum the house on a certain day, I’ll block off sections of time during the day and dedicate them to a specific task. The only challenge for me with this is that I have a short attention span when it comes to doing one thing for longer than an hour… So I’ve learned to limit myself on how much time I spend on each task ha. I’ve also learned that the more I organize my work into short, focused blocks of time, the better quality my work is! Quality work is only slightly important to me when it comes to my blog and IG (can you hear the sarcasm haha).
Planning out my week in advance has been a real game changer for me. It helps me to stay focused and on task during the week and actually makes me feel like I’ve had a more relaxing week than if I would have sat at home relaxing on my days off. If you’re looking for a way to be more productive, reduce anxiety related to to-do lists, and just be a boss, honestly, then this technique is for you! I never realized how much I needed this type of organization in my life until I decided to give it a try.
If you’re like me and like to stay organized, drop a comment below and say hi so we can be friends and meet our goals together!