If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you likely already know that I love to plan. I adore using my Erin Condren Life Planner on a daily basis, creating to-do lists, and maximizing my productivity in every way possible. (Does that make me sound like a nerd? If so, I don’t care!) The reality is, planning out my projects in advance is important in keeping me on task. So, I firmly believe that you’re missing out if you don’t take the time to plan your week in advance.
How to Plan Your Week
If you’re ready to make the most of the week ahead of you so you can maximize your productivity and get more tasks done, you’re in the right place. In this post, I’m sharing my top tips to help you plan your week in advance. You’ll learn the exact things I do to prepare for the days ahead.
1. Use the weekend to your advantage.
Instead of waiting for a new day to plan your tasks, use the weekend to your advantage in order to plan your week. Set aside time every Sunday (or Saturday if you prefer!) to take a look at what needs to get done in the week ahead. By reviewing your schedule before the work week begins, you’ll get a better grasp on your workload and be able to schedule in ample time to ensure you get everything done. (Without scrambling to get those last few tasks done before the new weekend arrives.) There’s no reason to head into a Monday unprepared without a schedule to follow!
It’s also a great way to remind yourself of important things for that coming week: appointments, meetings, bills that are due, etc. You’ll be less likely to forget them when you review them at the beginning of the week and make notes in your planner or calendar.
Jot down all of your tasks and try to order them by importance. Make sure you’re aware of any deadlines so you can be sure to get those items done before they’re due. It’s best to plan your week according to any deadlines you may have so you make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the tasks at hand. There’s nothing worse than rushing to finish something before it’s due, which will only leave you feeling stressed.
So, to effectively plan your week, make sure you are aware of your priority to-dos!
3. Batch your tasks.
Take a look at your tasks for the week and see if you have the same thing occurring more than once. For example, maybe you have five blog posts to write. Instead of writing one post per day, batch your tasks by blocking off time to write all five of the posts back to back. Your brain actually functions better when you focus on one task instead of jumping back and forth between two or more things. To plan your week in a more efficient way, batch your tasks and you’re sure to see an increase in productivity!
Also, you may want to consider giving a theme of sorts to certain days of the week. You may want to use Mondays for administrative tasks, Tuesdays for working with clients, Wednesdays for writing blog posts, etc. This is a great way to get organized (and to batch your work)!
4. Plan your week!
Schedule everything into your week. Block off time on your calendar and make sure you allow yourself enough time to get everything done so you aren’t scrambling to finish your tasks before the weekend arrives. A successful and productive week will make for a much happier weekend!
We don’t always get everything done that we’ve planned for the week. And that’s okay! Don’t let it stress you out. Instead, plan to tackle those things you didn’t get to finish during the following week and keep a positive attitude.