How should you plan your week as a Christian woman? Do you have a weekly planning routine? If not, or if you need some fresh inspiration, then this post is for you!
I’ve been asked a lot lately for an update on my planning routine.
- How do I keep my month-at-a-glance calendar? (iCal)
- When do I sit down to plan? (Sunday afternoon)
- What does my planning time actually consist of? (Keep reading…)
So, I thought I would do a post sharing about my weekly planning routine in order to help give you some ideas on how you can organize your time better. I don’t think I have all the answers by any means, but I do want to try to help so here goes!
The bulk of my planning is done on Sunday afternoon after church. I generally sit down once my youngest is down for her nap and the other two boys are sequestered away for some quiet time. This usually gives me at least one hour to myself to think and plan.
First, I review my mission statement and goals.
I do nothing more than read through it most weeks. Sometimes, I might spend a little time reviewing some of the scriptures I’ve written down if I feel like my heart is really swerving from the mission I feel God has given, but mostly I just re-read my mission statement and remind myself of my character focus for the year.
Next, I review the previous week.
I look over the master to-do list I made in my bullet journal the week before to check for any undone tasks. I also go back and look over my daily to-do lists to see if there were any tasks left undone. Sometimes I will add tasks to the day that wasn’t necessarily on my master to-do list.
If I see a task undone, I will evaluate whether this task needs to move forward to a new week, get taken off altogether, or added to a “someday/maybe” list. Depending on what I decide will determine what I do with the undone task.
If it’s something that I need to move forward, I will go ahead and write it on my master to-do list for the new week.
If it’s a task that I keep re-writing every week hoping I can get to it, then I move it to a post-it note that I keep in my bullet journal. This is my someday/maybe list. Most of the time these are tasks that I wish I could get to, but life is just too full to take on the project, so it keeps getting put off. It is a task that I want to eventually get to and not forget – hence why I keep re-writing it – but now is just not a good time. I will put it on my post-it note and keep it as a traveling list within my journal.
If it’s a task that I wrote in that just needs to be let go because it’s not all that important, I will just strike through it and move on. These are usually idealistic/duty type tasks that I make into a big deal that aren’t. If I’m not getting to it, then it’s probably something that needs to be let go.
Then, I make my master to-do list.
After I review my previous week, I will make my new master to-do list for the up-coming week.
Now, I do NOT put appointments on my master to-do list. Those are kept on my master calendar that I keep in iCal.
The master to-do list is strictly for tasks that aren’t tied to a specific day. This list consists of my next actions for on-going projects like ministry work, cleaning, and anything else that doesn’t necessarily have to be done on a specific day at a specific time.
After I’ve made a list of tasks for the week, I review my calendar.
This is where I make sure I know what is coming up for the week at specific times during the week. These times are usually put in as they arise throughout the month, or when I sit down to do my monthly planning. You can see how I do monthly planning in this post.
During this time, I start making arrangements for what is coming up that week. I send invites to my husband for the nights he needs to pick a child up from an extracurricular. I arrange childcare for my mid-day appointments that I need to be childless at, etc.
I go ahead and get as much ready and squared away as I possibly can. This way I won’t have to remember to do it the day before and run the risk of waiting too late to find childcare.
Also, if I need to remember to pack a lunch or special snack one day for my son who is in school, then I will add a reminder on my calendar for the day before.
Next, I make a menu plan for the week.
Now that I know what is going on each day, this is a pretty quick task. I only plan for our dinners, and I use my seasonal menu plan to make this even easier.
Finally, I plan for my workouts.
I’ve finally found some consistency with my workouts. But the key to making them happen is planning ahead of time.
I log on my calendar in iCal (as an appointment) what I will be doing each day for my workout. I estimate what time I think I will be able to squeeze a workout in based on what I have going on that day, and I mix and match the workouts to keep it interesting so I don’t grow bored.
Right now, I’m doing a mix of T-25 and weightlifting. I don’t go to a gym, so I’m limited in my weight selection. But I’m finding this to be a great way to get in the habit and get consistent!
And that’s my weekly planning routine!
By the way, I highly recommend the book, Getting Things Done, by David Allen. It’s likely my favorite book on time management and one I refer back to time and time again.
What about you? Do you have a weekly planning routine?
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Other posts you might be interested in:
- My Bullet Journal: The Discovery, The Method, The Game Changer
- 7 Lessons I Learned from My First Bullet Journal
- Developing a Simple Schedule and Routine
- Create a Simple To-Do List and Calendar System
- Creating a Time Budget for Better Time Management
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