Do you constantly ask yourself where you’re suppose to be at that time? Or what you are suppose to be doing? Do you double book yourself or feel like you’re not using your time wisely? Do you feel off Balance and a little scattered? Sometimes wish someone made a manual for your own life? Then this post is for you!
I went from having a very steady, every day same kind of schedule to having absolutely no structure and a To-Do list from here to China! Often times I would catch myself going into my beautiful planner to enter a new appointment I had just made, only to find out that I already had plans to do something else. Recently I had a week with no out of the ordinary appointments just the things I needed to get done that week and I constantly felt like maybe I was missing something.
Due to all this, my home quickly turned into an organize Re-Vamping central! Believe me, there is still a ton left to organize, but If I had to choose one of the most important things I did this month It would be my Ideal Weekly Plan Sheet.
This was one of my all time favorite things that I learned during my time in Mary Kay. So, What exactly is a weekly plan sheet? I’m so glad you asked! It’s a one stop guide to what’s going on in your life! Now, when you run into that girlfriend you haven’t seen in years and want to schedule a coffee date you know that on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons are when you normally have your free time. Or when your church asks you if you can fill in for someone volunteering you already know that you’re volunteering in another department at the church.
Here is how it works, start filling in items that you know you have to do EVERY week. For example, if you work a 9-5 every day Fill that in (preferably in Pencil or black Ink) then lets say you go to church every Sunday for the 10 am service and you have a ladies business group that meets every Wednesday night from 6-8pm. Put all those mandatory every week kind of things down on the paper. Once you have completed that, see where you have time to add things in. Maybe you have wished that you could incorporate more fitness time (Don’t we all!) you could choose two or three days a week to wake up a half hour earlier to get that done or even on your lunch break. Some other things you could add in are quiet time to read or meditate, Family and friend time, and even doing NOTHING time (we need that every once in awhile!)
Once you are done adding in everything grab some highlighters, markers, or colored pencils and start shading or outlining each time period by its category. Here is how I color coded mine:– Blue: Work (because it makes me blue) – Green: My Blog Time! – Pink: Volunteer time at my church – Yellow: My Jesus time – Orange: Family Time -Red: Chores/Errands – Purple: Personal Time (when I can schedule coffees, Watch what ever I want on TV or take a nap!)
Keep in mind your weekly plan sheet will look different than mine. Yours could be jam packed from 6 am – 11pm (May the Lord Bless you and Good Luck!) but don’t feel like that is the purpose of this sheet!
There are two really great things you get out of filling in this plan sheet. 1) You get a much better idea of how much available time you really have to spend on all those things you say you wish you had time for. 2) You realize how much time you are spending in what areas because its color coded. If your paper is covered in Blue (work) and you’re wondering why your unhappy, unhealthy, and stressed out… well, TADA!!!(hopefully you were able to put two and two together) This really helps with making you a little bit more balanced in life.
Still have some concerns? Okay, let’s here is!
What if my week doesn’t actually happen like that? No worries, that’s why the title says “Ideal” don’t strive for perfection, strive for what is best for you! This is just a little piece of paper to remind you of what you wish your week could look like.
What if my schedule changes weekly? Again, No worries! Take the same “Ideal” concept and put in what you wish your week could look like and strive for that every week. If you work shift work 3 days a week, then color that in any three days that you choose. Normally on shift work you at least know what time most of the shift’s end up starting or finishing, right? So lets say that you can get called in for a Night shift from 5pm-1am, you don’t know what day, but at least one day a week that happens, are you with me so far? Okay, so choose a day, lets choose Wednesday. On Wednesdays column you would color in Work from 5pm -1 am, but you have a bunch of Blank space still. Now what can you get done during the day on Wednesday? Fill that in too. Then when you get your weekly schedule and see that you are scheduled the night shift for Saturday (BUMMER!) you can then just apply Wednesdays Ideal day to Saturday’s’ actual day. Make sense?
This paper needs to be accessible at all times! So I would suggest keeping it in the front of your planner, laminating it or putting it in a sheet protector and maybe even taking a picture of it on your phone so you always have it with you! Please let me know if this helped you at all or if you have any other questions!