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How To Plan Your Week For Success

Make sure you’re sitting down; this is going to change your week. Learn how to plan your week today.

Are you going through your week without a plan? This article is going to save you hours of deciding what you need to do each week and day.

 

Save Hours By Planning
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Benfits Of Planning Your Week

There are three main benefits of planning your week.

Working Towards Your Goals

  • By creating small milestones along the way for your goals, you can plan them into your weeks and days. See this post here for how to break down goals.
  • For example, if your goal was to grow your email list by adding opt-ins to your top 4 posts within 1 month. You would need to average 1 opt-in a week. Which you can then add to your weekly spread.

Being More Productive

  • You get excited when you check things off (or is this just me?)
  • You know what to focus on so you don’t sit down at beginning of day and think ‘what should I do today?’
  • 2 scenarios:
    1. Sit down and muddle through your tasks. And at the end of the day wonder what you’ve achieved.
    2. Sit down knowing what to do to reach your goals for your business. At the end of the day you feel like achieved tasks and made progress.

Remember Things

  • You get an overview of your week and commitments
  • Things rattling around in your brain or on bits of paper get forgotten
  • 2 scenarios:
    1. You have an appointment you don’t want to miss written on a scrap of paper. But you lose the paper and forget about your appointment.
    2. You put the appointment in your weekly planner spread, where you see it every day. And you don’t miss it.

How To Organise Your Week

Organising your week is very simple. You only need 2 things to do it. And you can go as low-tech or as high-tech as you like.

What You Need

  • A place to get all to-do’s, notes, reminders, events and appointments for the week out of your head
  • A place to schedule the above into days

What To Use

  • A bullet journal
  • A task or project manager, like Asana or Trello
  • Google, Outlook or Apple calendar
  • A planner or diary
  • Or get your weekly planning kit by clicking the image below

What Should I Write In My Weekly Planner?

There are many things you can write in your planner. Here are some common ones with examples.

Weekly Planning Ideas

  • Appointments
    • Hair appointment
    • Dentist
    • Doctors
    • Client meeting
  • Events
    • Network meetings
    • Gym class
    • Lunch out
  • Things to remember
    • Nearly run out of shampoo
    • Online software subscription renews
  • What’s happening next week
    • Webinar next Tuesday – remember to get list of questions for Q&A
  • To-do’s this week
    • Create opt-in
    • Meal plan
    • Write blog post
  • Goals for the week
    • Create 1 opt-in
    • Get 2 consult calls with potential clients
    • Sell 10 eCourses
    • Launch eCourse
  • Meals for week
    • Spaghetti Bolognese
    • Pie and mash
    • Chicken and rice dish
  • Habits you want to track
    • Drinking water
    • Reading
    • Writing
  • Quotes to inspire you

 

Plan Your Productive Week
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How Should I Plan My Week To Be Productive?

Here are 3 ways to plan your week. There’s a version for using a bullet journal, a planner and an online calendar (like Google calendar).

Planning Routine Using A Bullet Journal

  • Draw a weekly spread (see here for more inspiration)
  • List all tasks, notes, reminders, events and appointments for the week on 1 side of the page
    • This is where you brain dump everything you need to remember and do for the week
  • Add all events and appointments to their corresponding days. For example,
    • Monday = gym @ 7pm
    • Tuesday = hair appointment
    • Wednesday = network meeting
    • Thursday = dentist
    • Friday = gym
    • Saturday = café social
    • Sun = out for lunch
  • Now you’ve got 2 options
    • Plan your days in advance
      • This is where you plan out what do each day at the beginning of the week or end of the week just gone
      • Choose your most important task (see this post here to learn more) for each day and add it to the corresponding days. For example,
        • Monday = write 1 blog post
        • Tuesday = client calls
        • Wednesday = creating 1 opt-in
        • Thursday = brainstorm digital product ideas
        • Friday = plan for biz
        • Saturday = food shop
        • Sunday = relax
      • Add other work tasks you’d like to get done if you complete your MIT. For instance,
        • Monday = set up filters in Gmail
        • Tuesday = research different invoicing software
        • Wednesday = brainstorm other opt-ins
        • Thursday = research funnels
        • Friday = look at Pinterest course
        • Saturday = declutter wardrobe
        • Sunday = use a face mask
      • Add other personal tasks or reminders that need to get done. Examples include,
        • Monday = send post off
        • Tuesday = library books due back
        • Wednesday = wear black trousers and purple floral top to network meeting
        • Thursday = run,
        • Friday = meal plan
        • Saturday = store closes at 4pm
        • Sunday = run
    • Plan your days as you go
      • The night before, choose your most important task (MIT) and add that to your daily section
      • Add other work tasks you’d like to get done if you complete your MIT
      • Add other personal tasks or reminders that need to get done
      • See the examples above

Planning Routine Using A Planner

  • Make a to-do list or brain dump all tasks, notes, reminders, events and appointments for the week
    • Use Asana, Trello, Todoist app, a piece of paper, the notes app on your phone, a Word or Google document
  • Group or highlight or colour code or add dates to tasks, events etc. for each day
    • If Monday is the 22nd, all tasks etc. due on Monday will get a 22 next to it. For example,
      • Return library books – 22 (due on Monday 22nd)
      • Write blog post – 22 (due on Monday 22nd)
      • Renew hosting – 23 (due on Tuesday 23rd)
    • For example,
      • Monday = red
      • Tuesday = blue
      • Wednesday = orange etc.
  • Add all to-do’s, events etc. to matching days
    • E.g. all those that are due on Monday, go on the Monday section of planner
  • Star or draw a box around your most important task

Planning Routine Using A Digital Calendar

  • Make a to-do list or brain dump all tasks, notes, reminders, events and appointments for the week
    • Use Asana, Trello, Todoist app, a piece of paper, the notes app on your phone, a Word or Google document
  • Group or highlight or colour code or add dates to tasks, events etc. for each day
    • See the above section (planning routine for other planners) for examples
  • Add the tasks to the calendar
    • Name it
    • Add time frames (when you want to start and end)
    • Colour code it
    • Mark it as free or busy
    • For example,
      • Write weekly planning blog post
      • 9:30am – 12pm
      • Blue (as all I’ve decided all business tasks are blue)
      • Mark as busy
Plan Your Week
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What Is The Best Way To Plan Your Day?

You’ve got your weekly task list but what about your days. You’ve got 3 choices: plan the morning of, the night before or at the beginning of the week.

The Morning Of

  • Pro’s
    • Can add as much or as little to each day as you like depending on energy levels
    • Can choose what tasks which you feel like doing
  • Con’s
    • Got to plan each day
    • Can’t see your week at a glance

The Night Before

  • Pro’s
    • More flexible as any uncompleted tasks can easily be moved to the next day
    • Easily add unexpected to-do’s, events etc.
  • Con’s
    • Must remember to do it each night
    • Can’t see your week at a glance

Beginning Of The Week

  • Pro’s
    • See all your week at a glance
    • You get an idea of your workload
    • Only need to add things as they pop up
  • Con’s
    • Less flexibility as everything’s written in
    • If something unexpected comes up, you need to scribble out what’s already written
3 Successful Steps To Plan Your Week
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A Quick Recap

  • Planning your week helps you work towards your goals, become more productive and remember stuff
  • You can plan on paper or digitally
  • Plan your week in 3 steps
    • Brain dump all your to-do’s, events, appointments, reminders, notes, goals for the week
    • Decide what needs to get done when
    • Add them to your planning tool on the morning of, the night before or at the beginning of the week

 

3 Action Steps

  • Download the weekly planning template here
  • Brain dump all your to-do’s, notes, events, appointments for this week
  • Add the above to the weekly or daily planning page

 

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