How to Prepare for a Productive Week

I used to dread Mondays. It was a hard transition from the weekend to having my head back in the game for the upcoming week. But I can honestly say that I have a good relationship with Mondays and the days that follow. How? I simply plan the week the Sunday before and have the opportunity to face the busy days before they are upon me. Here are few ways that I plan for the week:

  1. Make a List- Lists are my holy grail. I download everything that I believe needs my attention for the week. This includes household chores, extracurricular activities, projects, bills due, work tasks & activities, etc. When I take a look at my list, I schedule the task to designated days to focus my attention.
  2. Use a planner– I make sure that I have clean daily/weekly pages for me to fill in. And, as things come up for various days, I schedule them in my monthly calendar so that I can use as a reference to fill in tasks for specific days.
  3. Make sure I have my supplies– This is a personal preference that helps me get in the mood for planning. Some of my favorite supplies are my sticker book, washi, a small notebook, the best writing pen, correction pen, scissors, and a ruler.
  4. Plan in a great atmosphere- I typically plan best where I can relax and that special place is my home office. I turn the tv on to a binge-worthy show, light a candle, and dress comfy to make my plain planner pages light up.
  5. Look at my goals-As I fill in the week’s tasks with daily happenings, I keep my goals near by so that I can be inspired to add tasks that will help me get closer to reaching my goals. I strive to include a task each day that is directly related to my goals.
  6. Take a step back and look at my planned week. Once I have the week’s main tasks and reminders filled in to my planner, I take a look at what all is scheduled. To avoid overwhelm, I will rearrange tasks, if necessary. I plan my days for a peace of mind, not to bombard my mind.

It’s a good feeling to see where I’m going at the start of the week versus losing all sense of control because I didn’t plan or layout what was required of me. Because I do groundwork before Monday begins, I’m able to embrace Monday and the days following.

Hope this inspires you to plan your week before it gets it here.

tish bullard

Helping You to Plan Well and Conquer.