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Organize Your Time: Create a Weekly Schedule

Today, we are continuing in the Organize Your Time series. Last time, we talked about making lists. This week is all about the weekly schedule!

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.

www.racheltuggle.com-- Feeling stressed about how you're handling your time this spring? Check out my post on my weekly schedule, which has totally changed the way that I plan my time.

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. ┬áNow, there are several ways you can do this, so I’ll start with mine.

The Fluid Weekly Schedule

www.racheltuggle.com-- Feeling stressed about how you're handling your time this spring? Check out my post on my weekly schedule, which has totally changed the way that I plan my time.

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?

5 Comments

  1. I was JUST telling someone that I want to be more structured and organized and “poof”…here you are with this post. Thanks. I will check out the series too.

    1. rctuggle

      Yay! Glad I could help!

  2. Hi Rachel, did someone tell you that I needed this — because I do. Thank you for reminding me to write things down and be intentional about how I spend my time. One of the big things for me is leaving enough of a buffer around activities — things always seem to take longer than expected.
    Thanks for the tips!
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    1. rctuggle

      Haha I feel like we all need this at times!! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Pam

    TimeBlocking (loose version) is golden, esp for accountability. Thx for the reminder

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