This year, I’ve decided to work on developing two new habits: a more compartmentalized schedule and an 11:00 p.m. bed time. As you may know, I’m a big fan of the pencil-and-paper method for keeping track of my daily to-do’s. This method helps me really break down my goals into bite-sized pieces so they don’t feel so overwhelming.
To help myself work toward developing my two new habits, I’ve started having what I call my “Saturday Planning Session” using my beautiful Brilliant Life Planner.
These once-a-week Saturday Planning Sessions have played a HUGE role in allowing me to live so much more intentionally, get so much more done, plus make time for rest and breathing room!
Here’s how it works for me:
- Find a quiet spot on Saturday (leave and go to a coffee shop if there isn’t any quiet to be had because of the wonderful people who live in this house!).
- Take some time to review the previous week and write down memories, blessings, and progress I made toward my goals.
- Review what struggles and stresses I experienced in the last week and steps I took to overcome them.
- Write down my top 3 work tasks and my top 3 personal tasks for the coming week. (I review my week and see what is on tap as well as what projects I need to do/want to do before creating this list.)
- Make a short list of other less important tasks I hope to/would like to accomplish in the coming week + the blog posts I plan to write.
- Write down people I need to contact, meetings I need to have, appointments that are scheduled, plus 3 people I want to focus on encouraging over the next week.
And then I go into the week feeling so much more prepared, focused, and organized. It’s making such a difference in both my efficiency and my effectiveness. For an in-depth tour of my planner and to see what I do during my Saturday Planning Sessions, check out this 10-minute Facebook video!
Here’s to a more efficient AND effective day!
P.S. Are you prioritizing your own self-care and health? Head on over to Everyday Treks to see how Rebecca is healing from the inside out by prioritizing her own self-care. I loved her post!