You’ve heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Let me tell you, it is so very true!
I can tell the difference between the two: the week that I don’t plan is total chaos; the week that I plan runs more smoothly. (Notice I didn’t say perfectly, b/c life just isn’t perfect!)
Planning doesn’t have to take a ton of your time each week. Personally, I don’t feel the need to spend hours decorating my planning pages. However, if you believe this will encourage you to use your planner more, then be my guest! This is your planner. Either way, the point is that you use it!
I like to sit down on Sunday afternoon with a cup of hot tea and plan my week. Why Sunday? Well, 2 reasons: (1) it’s a more relaxed day for me, and (2) my week starts on Monday. Find what works for you, though, and go for it!
I’m going to walk you through my weekly planning process, which takes – at most – 30 minutes.
In preparing to plan, I make myself a cup of hot tea. While that is brewing, I will gather my materials: planner, pen, correction tape, and any appointment cards I may have. Then I head to my favorite place: my couch.
That’s when the real magic happens.
I look at my week and divvy up all the things I need to accomplish that week to the appropriate days. For me, it’s household chores, Cub Scouts activities, my workouts, blog posts, YouTube videos, and business tasks.
Here are my weekly tasks, broken down into a daily schedule:
- Monday: clean the bathrooms, 1 load of laundry, go to the gym (leg day #1), write blog post, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, go back to the gym for class, get ready for bed/lights out
- Tuesday: dust, 1 load of laundry, go to gym (upper body #1), start tweaking blog post, script YouTube video for filming, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, Cub Scouts meeting
- Wednesday: laundry, no gym (unless I go strictly for a cardio session), continue tweaking blog post, edit video script, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, church
- Thursday: clean the kitchen, 1 load of laundry, go to the gym (leg day #2), finish tweaking blog post and schedule, film YouTube video, business-related tasks as needed, get WT from school, homework, cook supper, go back to gym for class, Scout leadership meeting as needed, menu plan, get ready for bed/lights out
- Friday: clean the floors, 1 load of laundry, clean fridge in preparation for grocery shopping, go to the gym (upper body #2), check blog to make sure it uploaded correctly then share to social media, business-related tasks as needed, edit YouTube video, lunch with parents, get WT from school, cook supper, go back to the gym for class, get ready for bed
- Saturday: grocery shopping, chore catch up day, previously scheduled Cub Scout activity (if any)
- Sunday: church, cook supper, weekly planning
Then I take the daily tasks and apply time frames to them. Let’s take a look at Monday:
- 6 a.m. – RISE AND SHINE! Get WT started for school, have a cup of coffee, watch a couple (hundred….b/c let’s be real – I’m procrastinating here!) of YouTube videos
- 8 a.m. – write blog post
- 9 a.m. – gym
- 11 a.m. – work with Daddy on rental property
- 3 p.m. – Pink Lady related tasks, get in carline for WT
- 4 p.m. – get WT from school, go to gym
- 4:30 p.m. – class starts (lasts 1 hr)
- 6 p.m. – cook supper, help WT with homework
- 7 p.m. – send WT upstairs to get ready for bed (bath, brush teeth, jammies)
- 8 p.m. – WT lights out, my nighttime routine begins
- 10 p.m. – adult lights out
In a perfect world, this is exactly how each Monday would function. I don’t live in a perfect world. There are several Mondays (and other days, to be honest!) that I have gotten up with my husband and son, had my morning coffee, and have gone right back to bed….if I even got up in the first place!
And I don’t always get my tasks done for that day.
But I try not to let that get to me. Take each day as it is.
That’s how I plan my week. To get the planner pictured in the post, click here to customize your personal planner. This is the second year I’ve used this planner. (Not sponsored. I truly love this planner!)
What’s your favorite way to plan your week? Leave a comment below!
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