How to plan your week

Being an organised person has a lot to do with planning time effectively, and I am a big fan of planning out my week and month. When we write down our to-do's, they become more imprinted in our brains and will actually remind us to do it. There are big benefits to physically recording what you need to do.

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What I like about this planning method is not only the satisfaction of crossing off a completed task in either the business/home/monthly goals section, but I also get to throw out the weekly sticky-note on a Sunday and start afresh! The list lives on my fridge so it is always in clear view to remind me of what I need to do.

You might prefer separating your 'to-do' tasks into daily/ weekly/ monthly tasks (like Erin from Sunny Side Up). However you plan, I believe it is important to get all those thoughts out of your head and written down/recorded, so you're not stressing about them throughout the week.

So, while this method has been working great guns for me, I wanted something a little more visually appealing if it was going to live on my fridge. Time to get crafty!

I love this pastel-coloured scrapbook paper from Spotlight (around $15 in the craft section), and have used it for numerous projects around the home. I think it's a good idea to have pretty paper on hand - for making cards or labels, to line drawers, to cover a box or a basket... the ideas are endless.

I started out by selecting a colour for my master-list, cut it to size and laminated it with my much-loved (and super-cheap!) laminator, so that I could re-use the list each week.

Next, I grabbed my trusty labeller to make the heading tags. This has been another great purchase that has been useful not just when I'm working with clients, but also for labelling different items throughout my home.

I printed the headings onto clear labels and stuck them onto washi tape. The sticky-notes were placed underneath, ready to be filled in! I decided to go with the same colour sticky-note as the other yellow was a bit too bright. The 'monthly' side just has a piece of scrapbook paper cut to size for now, but I'm sure if I hunted enough, I would be able to find a post-it note in that size.  

In terms of how I use this planning method... I usually plan out the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon/evening, which takes about 10 minutes. I have a quick walk around the house to see if there's any home/family-related tasks I need to complete (e.g. the monthly meal plan, buy shoes for the kids, clear out a cupboard, buy a birthday present etc). I then list all the work tasks I would like to accomplish. I like to write down more than I will probably be able to complete, because it helps me push myself to get more done. Any thing I don't get to just goes on the sticky-note for the next week. The monthly goals are usually house/project-related that I need to 'remind' (#nag) my husband to do!

Here is the list with all my jobs filled in (sorry you don't get to read all my exciting tasks haha).

There are some fantastic apps out there for creating lists on your phone such as 2Do, Remember The Milk, Nubi Do, Tasker.... but for me, the physical act of crossing things off and throwing out the paper at the end of the week makes me feel that I have really achieved something!

Here's the list on my fridge, with the pen right above ready to do some crossing off! I like the pop of colour beside our monthly meal planner.  As you can see, I do have another weekly planner for our schedules but I'm not really loving it. Currently exploring different options to incorporate a weekly and monthly calendar schedule - I've spotted some good ideas already that I'll share with you soon!

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How do you organise your week? Do you have a physical written list or do you prefer to use your phone?

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