Weekly planning is one of the things I am a strong advocate for. Planning not only helps you to be more productive, but having a well planned week has many other benefits like reducing stress, helping you maintain healthy habits, and may even save you some time. Creating a planning routine or habit can be a cornerstone to a well planned week. If you want to up your productivity game, create more balance, or get yourself organized this may be a great place to start.
Your planning routine can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. It can encompass your home and work needs, or you may have a separate planning session for each. Whatever your preference, this simple habit will help you to really see the direction that your week needs to progress, set priorities, and anticipate deadlines or appointments. If you are working from home right now (like many are!), you can plan for important separation between work and home responsibilities, and set much needed boundaries.
Decide on the timing that makes the most sense for you. This can be a Sunday evening, Monday Morning, or any other time that you can create the time to plan. The plan can also be as simple or as elaborate as your needs dictate. The goal is to set a time to map out what lies ahead for your week. A simple routine may be sitting down for 20 minutes on Sunday to look at your calendar for upcoming appointments, discuss who is dropping off and picking up kids (post social distancing), or even deciding who is cooking dinner and on which nights. A more elaborate routine may have you making a meal plan, scheduling chores, and planning in healthy habits or workout time.
Whatever your planning routine looks like, setting the time to be intentional is a great step to help you feel in control and ready to tackle whatever your week throws at you.