Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Every Sunday I sit down with my planner and look at the week ahead. It's in those moments that I feel the most powerful and that all my dreams can come true with my writing and publishing process. You just need to plan your time well and set your week up for success. Let's plan your week ahead.
How To Figure Out What To Do In The Week Ahead
Think of this as a weekly planning session with yourself. Set a schedule to do this weekly with yourself. This will help you stay on track and get things done.
1. Do a brain dump and make a list of ALL the things.
What is everything you need to accomplish this week? What things do you want to accomplish? Some of the things I pay attention to when I write out my brain dump list are: work goals, writing goals, meal prep, exercise, cleaning, meetings, family and friends, books I'm reading, and recreation.
After making this list, circle the items that need to be accomplished this week. Do any of them have deadlines, even self-afflicted deadlines.
2. What are your weekly priorities?
There are things that we have to do weekly or that fall into our line of responsibilty and these would be our priorities. What are the things that you have to do this week? What priorities do you have?
Add these to your list as must dos.
3. Pick your top projects
Take your brain-dump page where you circled the things you want to finish this week and your priorities list. Take your schedule and add these items and projects throughout your week's schedule.
If something is due by a certain time and date, mark that date and then work your way back toward now. How long do you need to finish this project?
Something that might help: Are your goals S.M.A.R.T? Check out this post on writing up your S.M.A.R.T goals.
When you plan the week ahead, it will help you be more productive and will also help calm anxiety since you'll have a list/plan to follow.