Skip to main content

Planning my weeks and my days (including why you need to change how you view yourself)

In yesterday's post, I gave you a brief flavour of how I plan and I promised you that I'd give a more detailed explanation of how I plan my weeks and my days, so here goes...

Weekly planning

This happens on a Sunday, usually in the evening. I sit down with the family calendar and my bullet journal and Google Calendar (where I keep a record of work I need to chase). And I transfer everything onto a weekly spread in my bullet journal. This includes the things that happen every week:

  • House chores (always first thing Monday morning)
  • My weekly yoga class (Monday evening)
  • Meal planning and shopping list writing (Tuesday afternoon/evening)
  • Food shopping (Wednesday morning)
  • Church, including if I'm reading (Sunday morning)
And then any other appointments or events for me, my son, the cats. 

And finally, anything that has to happen on specific days of the upcoming week.

All that gives me a good 'big picture' view of my week, so that I can see exactly what's happening and exactly how much time I have available every day for work and other projects.

Daily planning

Looks like this is my bullet journal, with not just a list of the things I need to do, but also specific time blocked out. Basically, I find that if I actually book appointments with myself to do the work then the work gets done if it's just a to-do list it sort of just lingers on the list.

You can just as easily do this calendar blocking technique on Google Calendar or whatever you use, but the key is to treat yourself just as you would anyone else you make an appointment with and actually show up and do the work!

And yes, I do schedule when I sleep.


Popular posts from this blog

Reasons to be cheerful - 5th October 2017

It's a quickie this week... I'm still loving my job and really glad that I made the move. I submitted two commissioned articles to editors and they were happy. I'm off on a trip, a couple of nights away (more on that next week). Hope you've had a great week too.

150 things about me (all true)

Happy 150th blog post to me... And to celebrate, here are 150 things about me and they are all true!

1. My middle name is Margaret
2. My star sign is Libra
3. I'm 50 in October
4. I'm a practising Christian
5. I can't drive a car
6. The last live theatre I saw was Macbeth at the National in London
7. My favourite novel is Dracula
8. My favourite movies are The Godfather, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
9. I have a son
10. He is over 18
11. The first poster I had on my bedroom wall was of Donnie Osmond
12. My favourite Star Trek is Next Generation
13. My favourite classic Dr Who is Colin Baker
14. My favourite new Dr Who is David Tennant
15. My favourite Dr Who companion is Nardole
16. If I had to choose a Dr to travel with it would be the 8th (Paul McGann)
17. I have 4 A' Levels
18. I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour once
19. The last movie I saw in a cinema was Avengers: Infinity War
20. I always look for Krilitane when I go …

Reasons to be cheerful - 7th December 2017

1) After a day of sawing, drilling, cutting, etc, etc, and then a new bit in the boiler...We have gas! Yes, our heating, hot water and cooker are now working - the gas is fixed! SO happy after 12 days without it.

2) This morning Boyzilla was greeted by a dead RAT outside the sitting room. Whilst yucky (but not as yucky as if I'd had to clean it up), it makes me hugely proud that my cats are, well, cats.

3) The two planning tools I ordered for 2018 to help me move forward with my plans to do more writing have arrived and I'm looking forward to spending big chunks of the next four days exploring them and planning for a fantabulous year.