Now that you have your to do lists, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all that you have to do. And the tasks and appointments and activities just keep coming week after week. You never catch a break!! Well, I can’t make the inflow stop, but I can provide a solution that will help you out.
Create a Weekly Schedule
Now, there are a variety of ways you can create a weekly schedule, which I will get into in a bit. But, the most important thing you can do is write this schedule down. You can write it in your planner, on a sticky note to keep on your phone, or tape a note to the fridge. But, write it down and keep it visible. This will keep you focused on your schedule when the ever-present interruptions pop up throughout the week. (And if you don’t have a planner yet, check out my post on four different types of planners. I guarantee there is a planner out there for you!)
Now, there are several ways you can do this, so I’ll start with mine.
The Fluid Weekly Schedule
Since I’m a student and work as a journalist, I can’t really plan my days in advance. A professor may give me an assignment that is due the next day- or even that day!- and that would upset all of my plans. So, I decided to cut myself a break and not have a schedule hour-by-hour. My weekly schedule gives each day a “focus.” For example, on Monday I plan to blog, Tuesday I will study, Wednesday I will blog again, Thursday I study again, Friday I blog, Saturday I take care of miscellaneous chores or projects, and on Sunday I rest and focus on spiritual things. I also know that I will work every day.
Of course, I’ve never yet been able to follow this weekly schedule to the letter. But, it serves as a great guideline for my week!
The Structured Weekly Schedule
For those of us who love structure, there is another option. You can set up a weekly schedule hour by hour. Plan out your events and activities, and then schedule your to do list/projects around them. You can do this as loosely as “2-5 p.m.: housework” or as detailed as “2-2:30 p.m.: vacuum, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: dust and mop, etc.” I would advise that you schedule in buffer time for every activity, because you never know when important interruptions will pop up.
I hope this gives you a way to start accomplishing more and giving you more peace about your schedule! Have a great week, and I will see you Friday!
What do you do to plan out your weeks?