It’s no secret, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I am a planner! I love a good to do list and you know I have all sorts of calendars. Recently, I have switched up my planning routine and it has left me feeling super prepared for the week ahead. I love yearly calendars, I love planners, and I love monthly calendars, but recently I have become passionate about WEEKLY planners. It’s always good to have a broad picture of your month, and to plan out your month ahead, but I also believe planning your week day by day helps a ton. I know everyone is different, so you may not prefer to do plan out your week day by day, but if you are struggling to manage your time during the week, try these tips out!
Plan your week day by day
I don’t know about you, but I feel so much better when I know what I have going on during the week. When I have free time, Tate’s schedule, what’s for dinner each night, and when I need to have things done. It would be way too overwhelming to plan out all four weeks at the beginning of each month, so I prepare for the week ahead on Saturday or Sunday. I bought a really cheap weekly planner here in Belgium, and I love the layout. It has every day of the week and a lot of space for me to write. I go through day by day and fill in Tate’s practice schedule, what we are having for dinner each night, my blog content and posts for the week, and things I want to get done/or do that week. It helps to get all my thoughts, intentions, deadlines, and events for the week all in one place! I even go so far as to color coordinate things, but you don’t have to be that particular 😉
Plan out your meals
I know this takes time and effort, I get it, but it helps tremendously! This way I only go to the grocery store once or twice during the week, and we aren’t left scrambling for dinner each night. I have my go to’s for dinner, but I love getting on Pinterest while we are both sitting on the couch Sunday afternoon and finding new recipes! When I don’t plan ahead, we end up eating frozen pizza or “your own your own” meals, AKA cereal. Ha! Which don’t get me wrong, I love a good cereal night, but I can’t do that every other night. Mama’s gotta eat! So Sunday afternoon, when you have some down time, pull up Pinterest and start making a grocery list for the week. Also, my friend Shanna over at Wellness for the Win has GREAT recipes and ideas for snacks/meals! So use her as a resource too!
Prioritize your to do list
After I plan out my whole week, I start writing down all the things I need to do/get done for the week from that list. I try to prioritize them as I write them down, starting with Sunday and working down the week. I ask myself which needs to get done first? What is most important? What have I committed to that has a solid “due date”? What “due date” is more flexible? What is on going? Once you finish your list, you can start getting stuff done and checking things off! Is there a better feeling?? Probably not, for all my fellow OCD list lovers out there 😉
I know these tips are simple and seem self explanatory, but I also know that life happens and sometimes we don’t make time to plan and prepare. So I am here to encourage you to MAKE THE TIME to plan! Because when you make the time to plan, you actually save time during the week and you manage your time better. I promise!
To help you guys with your weekly planning, I have created my own weekly planner that you can download and print off each Sunday to plan out your week! Fo FREE, yay!
Just click here
to download and print, and then get to planning!