More Good Weeks Day 3: Planning
(30 minute edition)
Some weeks, it feels like it's all coming at you.
If you often finding yourself bent out of shape, by the various demands being placed on you, it can feel pretty tough.
It can be really useful, to think about how you can run your week, so your week doesn't run you.
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Now that you've identified your main priorities in this season, this will help you get more intentional, about how you organise your time.
Now you know what matters most - what does that mean for next week?
ie. What are you willing to make a priority in your diary, over the next 7 days.*
(*Just to keep things more than one dimensional, no more than ONE of the three can come from the area of life where you currently spend most of your time regularly.)
OK. It's time to plan your week.
Let's work hard to keep it real here. This exercise isn't about planning your 'ideal week'. It's about planning a good - but do-able week, for the 'real' life you actually have.
printable pdf worksheet
Even if you normally use a digital diary (eg. a calendar app on your phone) it might be worth printing out today's PDF planning sheet, so you can plan next week on paper.
The weekly planning sheet contains 10 slots for each day: early, breakfast, morning (x2) lunch, afternoon (x2), dinner, evening - and late. This is intentionally very simple. There are no printed times, because we're all different - and these will vary.
1. Grab your weekly planning sheet - and write in your 3 main priorities (from the Day 2: Clarity sheet) under My Main Priorities.
2. Take a moment to consider what living out of your priorities might mean for the week ahead.
3. Now, it's time to get specific. Based on your main priorities, what '3 good things' will you intentionally hold space for in your diary, over the next 7 days? (write these in, in the This Week, This Means section.)
4. Now, go through your regular diary - and add to the weekly planning sheet, ALL your time sensitive commitments, over the next week - ie. the fixed commitments you already have. This may include any paid or unpaid working hours (incl. travel time), time spent caring for someone else, arrangements with family or friends, other appointments, evening events, and any other pre-existing commitments to yourself or others.
5. Take a moment to reflect on what your week looks like on paper.
6. Where's the margin? Work to build some whitespace into your week. Usually, it's only possible to over-schedule for a short amount of time, before it ends up costing you BIG time. Seriously consider working towards taking a Sabbath - a 24 period once a week where you don't do your main work - or fill the day with other jobs, or thinking about your work.
6. Add your '3 good things' into the planning sheet - so you can see when you're going to focus on these.
NB. This week, you'll be starting to build in more of what matters to you - but you'll be finding time amidst all the pre-existing commitments in your diary. In the longer term, if this weekly planning process works for you. you might want to work towards building in 3 good things - and enough margin in each week, before you commit to other things.
If you've not got much time today - and you’d like to check out the shorter version, just click on the button below, to take you to the 3 minute edition.
P.S. If you find this exercise useful, why not print out a few of the weekly planning sheets. - and schedule some time in your diary once a week?
You can do this exercise over a quick cuppa; but if you've got more time - and want to get creative, you could adapt this exercise for your own bullet journalling practise.
If you want to boost your chances of making planning your week into a habit - you could always grab yourself an accountability buddy. Why not make a weekly kitchen or cafe date, to get together - and work on your weekly plans?