Create your ideal week and ramp up your productivity! As a multi-passionate individual with a couple of businesses, planning is important so I know what to do when, where and what. And I can’t really stand doing the same thing repeatedly, it dries up my creativity in massive ways.
One of the things I have found that works well for me is to batch a lot of what I want to create such as blog posts and videos. Not only does that give me more freedom, I work less and I am still creating all that I want.
So how do I do it?
Each weekday is designated for either a business or something I want to work and/or need to work on. And my weekend is kind of a free for all – tying up loose ends, do the things I have been putting off all week.
There is not a right or wrong way to plan and get things done, there is only the way that works for you. When I first started planning, I followed Michael Hyatt’s way of planning your ideal week. Over time, I modified it to what will work for me.
I really love planning my ideal week and how I want to spend my week while keeping in mind the things I want to do personally and what I want to create in business.
I usually begin with my yearly vision and then scale back to what I want my ideal week to look like. This helps me define my own be, do and have goals for the year. This then, of course, helps me figure out what I want to work on.
Some things to ask yourself:
- What do you want to do?
- How to you want to connect?
- How will you do some self-care?
- What will you do for personal growth? Business Growth?
- What actions do you need to take?
- What days are you seeing clients?
- What days are you focusing on business tasks i.e. content?
- When will you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
- When will you have family time, date night, alone time?
- Will you have a girl’s night? Spiritual time? Exercise time?
Once you have answered some or these questions, it is time to get your planner.
Circle the things you want to be, do and have. One of the key elements for me is knowing how I want to feel and always asking myself “Does this make me feel how I want to?”.
Now it’s time to start filling in your planner with your answers. You can check in with your intuition of what feels good on what day
You can check in with your intuition of what feels good on what day.
So, for example, Monday is a non-client day and is the day I focus on creating content for my blog also known as the writing day.
Tuesday – Thursday are client days and I use filler activities during the time slots when I don’t have clients or prepare for clients.
Friday is a hodgepodge kind of day. I usually do some client work and take the time to work on a project such as a book I may be writing.
One of the key elements is that I have a morning routine to get me into the flow before I start my workday.
Following this, I have clear actions I am taking every single day but also work incredibly less because no longer have to wonder “what’s next”. I get a lot more done. And in my free time so-to-speak, I am still doing things but more aligned with what feels good in the moment rather than “I need to do this”.
And something that’s been incredibly helpful to keep me on task, focused and productive is the Panda Planner. I get the undated version because I prefer filling that out for myself – because on Sundays I may not use my planner so there is no need to use the space.