If you’re anything like me, you probably do a bunch of different things outside of your day job.
When I’m not at work, I study my Bachelor’s degree online and I write this blog, and write for a couple of other online publications. Couple that with spending time with my boyfriend, having a social life, working out, doing housework and anything else that might come along; sometimes I feel like there’s not enough time in the day!
I have two diary planners – one personal and one work – and I meticulously plan my day so that I don’t forget anything or run out of time. Here is how I plan my week to stay organised, including a special printable planner to help you get organised!
I actually suck at time management. I’m getting better at it, but there is always room for improvement! I might have a to do list but then I will get distracted and move onto another activity. This might seem great, but I actually end up with a bunch of half-finished activities and only one or two completed. The easiest way to avoid this is to time block your week. You start by writing a to-do list in 3 different stages.
The first stage is listing everything that you absolutely need to achieve or attend for that week – the non- negotiables. That would include work, appointments, social engagements, university lectures or anything that is important for the week.
Once you have your most important things, add in those things that you want to achieve, but also important that they are completed. This would be things like studying, going to the gym, any hobbies like sport, going to a class or playing a game… whatever you like to do. You can even schedule in time to go grocery shopping or to clean the house if that is something you like to do in chunks
Finally, add in those things that are extras – basically your ‘me time.’ This could be to read a book, watch your favourite TV show, baking – whatever you do for yourself. This is really important for you to schedule for yourself, but it’s not something you should stress about it because it can always be moved around, or you may end up doing it anyway!
From here, you need to plan out your week. Take your list and input your activities into a planner in chronological order – starting with the first section, and then adding in all the other smaller things. Everything on your list should have its own scheduled time.
Obviously, life is always going to get in the way and you will never be able to keep to your schedule at all times. The great thing is, if you go from having no schedule at all, you are guaranteed to be much more likely to get things completed! You can even just start with the bigger things and your other important tasks and then once you get the hang of it, work on scheduling the smaller things.
I normally set up my schedule on Saturday or Sunday and fill out my printable schedule (you can follow the link below to download your own copy!). Don’t forget to stick it somewhere you can see it – like on the fridge – to keep yourself accountable!
It’s not easy to begin with, but I promise you it will help you get more completed every day. And you can download your free (everyone loves a freebie!) planner so you can get started straight away!
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