It’s Monday, do you have your plan for the week made out yet?
- If Yes — congrats! You’re on your way to a productive week.
- If no — what are you waiting for?
Do you know — specifically — what the top 3 tasks are that you want to have accomplished by Friday?
- If Yes — Fantastic!
- If no — how about a top 1 or top 2?
Do you know what little steps you need to take this week to reach your annual goal for x? Of your big goals for the year, each has several smaller steps needed. Have you been on track to reach a goal by 12/31?
- If Yes — you’re on fire!
- If no — why not take some time today to look your goals over and evaluate yourself?
- If yes, do these tasks absolutely have to get done? (maybe they are just taking up space on your ToDo list)
- If No — way to keep on track and take care of things!
I spend some time each Sunday evening planning out my week. I have my tasks broken into 7 categories: writing, editing, marketing, reading, business, volunteer, and personal.
Some weeks are more focused in one category than another, but there’s always at least one thing in each category that gets attended to. In order to reach any goal, we have to take consistent steps toward achieving them. Writing these actions in a calendar is the best way to make sure they don’t get lost along the way.
It may be difficult to make time to plan your writing and business schedule for the week, but a little time invested at the beginning of the week and reap large benefits by the end — because you’ll see results, and results lead to more results.
How is your week looking?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys writing short. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom where she gets to network with writing professionals on a weekly basis. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Biznik.