We all have fantasies about an ideal week: waking up excited to start the day on Monday morning, accomplishing all of your tasks each day, going to sleep at a decent time each night, and having time to relax and have fun with loved ones. My ideal week includes taking my furry friend for a walk every evening.
Even though life has a way of sending surprises along the way, there’s something you can do to make your ideal week a reality: planning it out. In this post, I’ll share with you exactly how you can do this.
1. Set aside time to plan
Your ideal week deserves some thought and care. Pick a time before it starts to plan it out. Over the weekend is usually best, though if you are planning your work week, you may prefer to do this on Friday at the end of the day.
2. Pick your focus
Having a focus - a few goals, or even a single one - is the best thing you can do when planning out your week.
Set out your goals on a piece of paper. Make sure that at least one of your goals is in line with a larger goal. If you want to go back to school, for example, one of your goals could be to research universities, or speak to people about their experiences.
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3. Think about what is realistic
Ideal does not mean out of reach. You just have to be a bit realistic about it! Reflect on the week that has just ended - what went right, what went totally wrong, and what you want to work on for next week.
4. Time block
Before you start scheduling your tasks, block out the times you’ve already committed yourself to: school, work, appointments.
5. Plan your tasks
Once you have your schedule and tasks in front of you, it’s time to start planning out your tasks. Some things can be done throughout the week - put that in a weekly to do list. Write down things that have to be done at specific times on the individual days. That way, you won’t forget what you have to do.
Again, be realistic. Look at the time you have left after you have time blocked, and decide what you can get done during those periods.
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