Every Sunday morning (sometimes late morning), I grab a cup of coffee and sit down with my planner and my laptop to take a look at my week. I use Google calendar for anything happening more than a week in advance — vacations and meetings, for example. But my paper planner is filled out on a week-by-week basis.
Then I write in my commitments to myself: working out, photoshoots, etc. These are things that I could do at any time, technically, but that I schedule for the sake of making them happen.
The last step is writing in my to-dos! I fill in all of my goals for the week at the bottom of the page (I love that my planner has a section specifically for this) and then I write out, for the first few days of the week, when exactly I’m going to accomplish each of those goals. I reevaluate for the second half of the week depending on how far I get before Wednesday. ;)
They’re not huge by the way — they’re like, “order a new cell phone screen protector” or “set up dinner with Claire” or “visit Nasty Gal in Santa Monica for photoshoot.” The idea is that they’re individual steps taken toward a larger goal. By the end of the week, if I’ve completed most of what’s on that list, I’ll have made measurable progress!
I can’t tell you how valuable I think this planning time is. I certainly don’t always follow my planner just as I thought I would on Sunday, but setting aside half an hour once a week to actively plan steps toward my goals makes such a difference.
Now if only I could get on the meal planning train. ;)
How do you stay organized? Are you a planner person or is it all online? Or in your head, you magical person you!
P.S. I’ve noticed that keeping track of my goals like this also makes it much easier to relax. If I’ve accomplished everything I planned for the day, I don’t feel nearly as guilty binge-watching a couple of episodes of House of Cards with my main squeeze! (Can you tell I’m a bit type-A? ;))