Have you planned your week yet?

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?

calendarAre there a lot of carry over tasks from last week to this week? Have they been carried over previously?

  • 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 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Biznik.

21 thoughts on “Have you planned your week yet?

  1. Hi Lisa! I haven’t planned my week yet because I was on a contemplative retreat this past weekend. But I like how you organize your time. Do you follow Stephen Covey principles? — Debb

    • Hi Debb,

      I do have Covey’s habits ingrained from years ago, and they do linger with me. I currently use Planner Plads to track goals and tasks – it’s more visual for me and works well.

      I love retreats – I feel so energized and refreshed when I get back from them, even if they are only a couple of days.

      thanks for the comment!

  2. Yes… I DO have a plan (at least for today). My plan is to “”Follow my dreams” So, I’m going back to bed..!! LoL.. 🙂
    (sorry.. couldn’t resist.. just the little boy in me)
    Great post. We all need some semblance of a plan. To take a few moments and actually give it some thought truly helps..!!

  3. Hahahahahaha…oh man…you lost me on the first sentence! lol
    I often say that I need a “life planner”, someone who sits me down at each task and won’t let me up until the proper amount of time has passed, someone who keeps track of everything I do and makes sure I’m accomplishing everything I need to accomplish. I’m just not capable of doing it myself! @_@

  4. This is such a weird coincidence that you posted this today. I am looking for a system to manage my time — we’re at the beginning of the new school year, I have new responsibilities at work, and I am feeling the call to do more writing in the midst of it all. Thank you for the example of how you handle it. I will check out Planner Plads!

  5. My my my. I never plan my entire week. I will make plans for my day. I would like to plan my week but I don’t know where to begin. Maybe I don’t have a life like I thought. ugh! kidding LOL..

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