Plan and Organize Your Week

I don’t know if you’re in the habit of working from a calendar, but 2 things that I have found to be valuable tools in my life:

#1)  My daily, weekly, monthly, annual CALENDAR

#2)  My “to do list”/Reminders

I have found that when I review these and work from them throughout the week, I get more done.

•Sunday Evening, I look at my weekly calendar, and simply make sure that I have everything I need written down or on my calendar.

•Sunday Evening I also begin a “to do list” of things that I know I need to get done, and I make the list.  Sometimes this list is really long, sometimes it’s short. I try to write down everything I can write down that I want to accomplish.

•Each morning, I revisit my daily calendar and adjust as needed.

•Each morning , I revisit my to do list and adjust as needed.  I also cross things off when I get them done. This gives me a sense of accomplishment and action.

This simple activity helps me manage my week, and it’s helps me measure what I need to focus on.

A couple of other tips:

– Make appointments with yourself and put them on the calendar. Things like:  big projects, time at the gym, date night with your spouse or kids, personal reading, etc…  If you don’t write them into your schedule, you won’t find the time.

– Communicate your schedule to those around you, and let them know what you’re doing and what you’re working on. This provides accountability.

Take some time to create some “to do” items for the year. These are often bigger items that will take more time.  Break them down into bite-sized chunks for your weekly schedule.

– Use what works.  Some people like to write this down on paper, others use electronic devices.  Do what’s easiest for you. Remember, the important thing is that you do it.

 

 

Russ/2013

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