HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEK PRODUCTIVELY
It’s Monday morning and you’re feeling a little down.
You can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything productive with your day.
Not even getting out of bed feels like an accomplishment!
It’s time for a change because this cannot continue.
So here are 7 ways that I’ve found to help me get my week started off on the right foot.
I started writing on sites as I was keen on speaking about SEO. Very soon I got engrossed with it and started up my own blog.
But I released blogging is not a piece of cake and there’s a hell of a lot of time management required to keep up the pace with everything around. Even you need separate time for social media strategies, marketing your content, and most importantly writing.
Time management became an essential part of my life. I know if I do not plan in advance my productivity is likely to drop.
If you are really busy with your life then you need to be very strategic in how you spend your time.
When you plan your weekdays before the week starts, it will automatically lead you to a more productive and organized week.
7 Wats to Plan a Week in the most productive way:
1. INSPECTING THE LAST WEEK
Checking in the last week will make you feel excited about the tasks which you accomplished, plus it’s an opportunity to see if you are lagging behind in any field.
Scanning of your last week will also help to have a productive week because if you are still messed up with last week’s work then you can not concentrate on the present one.
Check if you have any to-do lists un-ticked. See if it is still relevant. If it is still required then you can add them to this week’s priority to-do’s.
Cleaning up the last week’s clutter is very important to set the right mindset for a productive week.
Keep your home clean and tidy to make your mind organized. See if any cluttered work is left, then complete that first, and then start scheduling your week fresh.
2. PRIORITIZE YOUR TASKS
Setting up weekly priority tasks is better than daily to-do’s in a way.
Daily to-dos will help you to complete your task hurriedly while a weekly priority set prior to the starting of the week will make you more focused on the goals to achieve.
Though I always have my daily to-do’s as without it I feel I have lost my direction.
While the weekly priorities set helps me to write down the daily to-do’s much easier.
Rank everything in order. Whether it is making a phone call, meeting someone, or some queries which need to be solved.
It is always better to schedule your priorities ahead than to feel stressed out at the end feeling that you did not do this or could not complete that.
3. START WITH YOUR WEEKLY PLANNER
Once your priorities are set, now start with your weekly planner. It will simply allow you to keep track of your goals throughout the week.
A weekly planner should be the outline of your productive week.
Your weekly planner does not have to be any fancy bullet journal. You can just write it on a regular weekly routine.
Jot down everything you need to do this week. Keep the planner handy.
If you want to check some weekly bullet journal ideas then here it is.
4. SET UP SOME DEADLINES FOR YOURSELF
When deadlines are set by others, it is irritating. But when you set yourself with some deadline, trust me you will get more productive.
Setting deadlines for own self will not get you to exasperate but will make you more excited to complete the work on time.
Set some realistic deadlines. I am not saying you to set a 3 days deadline for a work you know cannot be completed in a month or giving a deadline of 5 days which you know can be done by Monday itself. So set something logical and realistic.
5. SET OUT YOUR WEEKDAY OUTFITS
Do you spend a lot of time deciding what to wear?
Every morning we do not have anything to wear :D.
Well, it is a normal situation and everybody pass-through this stress.
We rush to work every morning and wasting time is just not an option.
So why not just decide what to wear for this week, not wasting time anymore each day.
It will make your week SUPER PRODUCTIVE by saving a LOT of time. Just set it as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and so on.
This simple act of planning your outfits in advance will make your life more EASY and QUICK.
6. PLAN YOUR BREAKFASTS, LUNCH, AND DINNERS
Just like deciding your outfits in advance, deciding your meals also tends to save a lot of your time.
If you are short of time then you need not decide on a different menu each day. You can repeat your breakfasts and dinners with little variation of lunches.
I know eating more or less the same meals for a week can be boring but you can always change your meal plan for the next week. It makes your life simpler.
So make your meal meals and go out for grocery shopping and grab the ingredients.
You can also store a 2-3 days meal prepared and stored in the refrigerator. Or can have something like overnight oats to simplify your life. But always do eat fresh.
You can check these weekly meal plans.
7. MAKE TIME TO RELAX
Now some time for yourself 🙂
Go ahead. Set a time for a book to read or a movie to watch.
Each day you should have some 15-20 minutes of time dedicated to yourself.
It is the essential part to make you feel more productive. Without downtime, you can never have an energetic day.
You can take a bubble bath, make a delicious meal, make some body-care cream, and so on.
Check out 30 ways to self-care.
A QUICK WRAP UP ON 7 THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY
Now you need to put your lazy Sundays on a bit of work. Just schedule your week for half n hour and you are all set to rock your week.
If you have gone through all the points in detail then this is just a wrap-up for things to do.
- Clear up your last week’s mess
- Prioritize your tasks
- Start straight away with your weekly planner
- Set up the deadlines
- Decide your weekday’s outfits in advance
- Plan your meals
- Make time to relax each day
My Take on How to Plan your Week Productively?
Planning ahead of time helps us with our productivity skills and can also help us achieve our goals more efficiently.
We all have those weeks where we don’t feel productive. We’re not sure what to do with our time, and the week just seems to drag on.
This is the reason why and how to plan your week effectively so that you can be a more productive person!
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