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Ever had a ‘normal’ week? When everything goes according to the schedule and not one of your plans is changed? Doesn’t happen very often, does it? There always seems to be something – big or small – that alters my weekly schedule.
By nature, I like to have a structured life. I like order and routine. But more than that, having a plan and routine is a great time-management tool. If you have a routine or planned schedule to work from you don’t waste time and energy working out what you should be doing, you just follow the plan.
However, I also like to remain flexible. Plans can – and often do – change.
There’s a school event, doctor’s appointment, a birthday party to plan, or maybe I’ve finally got round to booking a hair cut!
That’s why I came up with the Adjustable Weekly Planner. I adapted my planner from a similar weekly schedule from Suzi at Start a Mom Blog. She starts her week with a blank slate, but I liked starting with my usual routine and working from there.
It’s structured, yet can be changed easily.
The Adjustable Weekly Planner
One well-known productivity tip is to have your plans visible and easily accessible. With the Adjustable Weekly Planner, I can see what I am supposed to be doing with one quick glance.
I have a white board on my wall which I marked off with washi tape to show each day of the week. I then split each day into four sections – before breakfast, breakfast to lunch, lunch to school pick up, and evening.
Then I wrote my weekly schedule onto the board. First I wrote the organised events (like swimming lessons and church) in red. Then I worked out a schedule for my week and wrote it up in green (for example, when I plan to do the vacuuming and go to the supermarket).
How to use the Adjustable Weekly Planner
At the start of each week, I look at my planner and make any adjustments with post-it notes. I use the larger post-it notes for longer events and smaller post-its for shorter tasks I want to fit in. When I stick on the post-it I check what’s underneath and see if I need to move anything to another time.
For example, if I have a parcel to post I’ll write a small post-it and stick it to an afternoon when I’m not busy, and that will remind me to take it to the post office after dropping my daughter at kindergarten.
However, if there’s a school event on Tuesday afternoon I’ll write a large note to cover up the whole afternoon, and then I’ll need to reschedule my weekly supermarket trip, so I’ll take another note and place it on another afternoon.
I’ll then have everything I need to do in the week in my schedule. Because if it’s not on the schedule it won’t get done!
Here are some resources you can use to create your Adjustable Weekly Planner:
So, what do you think of my Adjustable Weekly Planner? How do you plan your week?
Here are some more of my planning posts to check out:
Now, back to my hectic week!