One of my goals this year is getting better at spending my time doing things that align with my priorities. Sounds so normal, but it’s easier said than done, right? I am the kind of person who likes to do a lot of different things and always wants to say yes to fun. I don’t think that’s a bad quality to have, but it is when it takes away from or distracts you from working your big goals. Thru a lot of trial and error, I have gotten much better at choosing my big goals over fun. One of the ways I have been able to do this is thru planning out my week. Today I’m sharing 5 steps to help you succeed at making a weekly plan too!
I talk about this more later on, but I must start by saying it’s a process! Do not be super hard on yourself as you get into the habit of doing this. I promise you will find what works for you!!
1. Decide/Set Aside Time to Make the Plan
Pick a time that you will plan things out. Same time every week. Sync up calendars or write in your planner. Block out times for appointments, plan your workouts for the week, block off time you are at work, plan your fun, text your girls and plan a night out, AND also block off time to work on those passion projects, hobbies or side business.
I choose Sunday nights. If I work late or have a crazy weekend, then I will do it Monday morning. It’s hard to discipline yourself at first, but once you do it for a few weeks it will come more naturally. Be diligent about the time and make it happen!!
Remember, you’re first few plans may not be as detailed. That’s okay!! Focus on getting in the habut of making one.
2. Build in MORE Time For Each Activity than You Think You Will Need
At first I was horrible at this! I thought, “oh this will take 30 mins”, then 2 hours later I’m still doing it. WHAT?! #annoyed
So now I’ve learned to budget MORE time than you think you will need. Again, some of this is a learning curve, but stick with it! I still have room to improve in this area, but what I have been doing is doubling the time I think it will take. So, if I think it will take me 30 mins, I give it an hour. Worst case scenario, you have more time than you thought!!
3. Be Kind to Yourself – It’s OK if Plans Change
Like I said, there is a learning curve at the beginning, and you HAVE to be okay with that. Forgive yourself when things don’t turn out the way you planned or if you don’t everything done in one day.
Besides that, sometimes plans or commitments feel very confining. What if something changes? What if you want to do something different? Guess what, you can! That’s no reason not to make a plan for the day/week. You must remove the guilt and disappointment that you feel when things don’t go according to plan or when you have to change them. Forgive. Forget. PLAN!
4. Have Someone Keep You Accountable
As with many things, this is key! If you have to report back to someone on how things went, you are more likely to do it. A lot of times it’s the extra push we need to make something a habit.
Ask a friend, your parents or you could even hire a coach! Fun Fact: I have a coach! I was kinda skeptical at first, but it has been one of the best things for me. She has become a friend and has helped me in ways I never imagined. Not sure what coaching is or if it is right for you?? Send Camille an email to say hi and find out! firstname.lastname@example.org You have nothing to loose!
5. Remember it’s a Learning Process
It gets easier the more you do it. I can honestly say from experience that is true. The more weeks I plan out, the better I get at it. Some don’t go anywhere close to what you planned and other go better than you thought you they would.
You I’ll have rough weeks or one week maybe you don’t get to sit down to write out a plan. That’s OKAY! Do not throw in the towel. Be encouraged – every 5 mins spent planning gives you x amount more in productivity!
So even if things don’t go well, imagine what it would have been like without a plan. 😬
and don’t forget to build in time for FUN!!