Would you like to know the secret to being more productive each week? Do you want to know how to tackle that to-do list and get more done? Feeling unorganized and distracted and not sure what to do? Friend, I’m so glad you stopped by today because there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting organized and helping others get organized…except offering you a new freebie, that is!
So, you wanted the secret to being more productive each week, right? Well, here it goes….
Yes, that’s right! The secret to being more productive, checking off that to-do list, and staying organized really isn’t a secret at all. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” How about we aim for success by planning out our lives a bit? Some people get intimidated at the thought of planning out their week in advance, but it really isn’t hard to do. Will you be brave and join me?
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I’ve always been one to plan out my day. When I was a teacher I would plan out my daily lesson plans by the month, when I was a job coach I would plan out my client visits in advance each week, and when I was a staffing professional I would spend time each morning prioritizing my to-do list for the day. At my last job I spent every Friday afternoon summarizing what I’d done that week, and then planning out the week ahead. I considered myself organized, especially when compared to some of my co-workers.
But when I started working from home, something happened. I lost my touch. I found myself at a complete loss at how to properly manage my time. One week I’d have all my ducks in a row, only to find myself behind the next. I’d spend my nights scrambling to get things done instead of spending the quality time with my husband that he deserved. Then one day it hit me….I had stopped planning!
I made the decision then and there to be more intentional about planning out my days, weeks, and even months. Guess what? It worked!
Every Sunday afternoon I spend time planning out the week ahead. With all my appointments already written in my planner, I plan and schedule what I’m going to do each day. I’m a big list maker, so I like to list the tasks I need to complete each day such as doing laundry, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, practicing the piano, repotting my plants…whatever I need to get done that week. I mark out time for writing my blog posts, scheduling social media and other blogging tasks. When I’m being good I plan out our meals for the week. I even schedule time to have some fun with friends and family, too!
Now you can plan out your weeks, too, with this free printable weekly planner. I’ve left it basic for you so you can use it however you like. Use it to jot down your daily to do list, divide it in half to schedule your morning and afternoon chores/tasks, whatever works for you. Use it to plan and prepare for success this year!
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