An Easy 5 -Step Process For Planning The Perfect Week
“I don’t have enough time.”
Think about that statement for a minute. How often do you say it? How many times a week?
There is no bigger killer of dreams than those five words.
When it comes to organizing your week, I’m sure it feels like the weeks fly by so quickly. Before we know it, we’ll be 50 years old and wondering what we have accomplished. We may not feel that time is slipping away, but once we reflect on our memories we tend to appreciate time just a little more.
Today I want to share with you some of the most life-changing yet super simple tips I have for planning the perfect week. Regarding ‘perfect’ – there is no such thing. I simply chose this word to highlight that you can live and experience your days the way you want to, rather than being pushed and pulled by the chaos of life.
Here's How to Plan Your Week So You Can Start Living a More Fulfilling and Rewarding Life
Write down your ‘Level One Non negotiables'. These are things in your life that you cannot negotiate on. For example – your job (if you don’t show up you won’t get paid!).
Next write down your Level Two Non-negotiables:
What do you NEED to include in your life for feel healthy, alive, strong, balanced happy?
Hitting the gym. Journaling. Reading with a cup of tea. Is it daily meditation? A walk/run. Time to cook/shop?
This is the stuff makes you feel at ease. And is just as important (if not more) as your job and any other obligatory items in your life.
- Create a schedule every Sunday evening for the upcoming week which list your level one and level two negotiable. Sit down in a quiet place in while reflecting on what is most important to you. Have a daily reminder, whether it be on your laptop or on your phone, of what is most important in your life.
- Decide what needs to get done and in what order of importance. It’s important that you have a set time frame for tasks like going to the going to the gym or getting something done for work. We tend to get distracted, so having a set time frame for each will help you stay focused. Understand that things will pop up unexpectedly.
Be FLEXIBLE. Personally, I create my Ideal Weekly Planner on my phone's calendar and sync it with my laptop. However, week-on-week I often sit down – usually on a Sunday which is my relaxation day and flick open my calendar to gauge my week ahead. I then ‘re-do’ and plan my week out. Being mindful of my non-negotiables, meetings/appointments and self care practices for the week.
Repetition is the key!
For this to work, you need to do it every week. Every week you need to figure out your intentions and make it work with everything fun you want to do. When you got this, your life will be so much easier – your planning too. Don't wait! Start today!