In keeping with the trend started in this post, today I’m going to walk you through how I go about my weekly planning. Weekly planning is probably the most important part of the planning process for me. It sets me up for seven days of success and productivity.
While any type of planner will work for this process, I’ll be sharing this from the standpoint of a bullet journal, specifically my Leuchtturm 1917. With that said, I’ve followed this same process for years, first with a basic planner from Staples and later in my Erin Condren Life Planner.
Does that sound like a win to you, too? Then let’s get started.
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Step 1: Create the layout
Because I’m working with a bullet journal, I have the freedom to create whatever type of spread I need. Right now I’m using one that looks like this:
I use a two-page spread because, while I’m all about conserving paper I find I’m not as productive using a one-page spread. And a planner is worthless if it doesn’t make you more productive, right?
For those who are curious and use the A5 Leuchtturm 1917, below are the measurements for my grid. I’m not super picky about the measurements on the right page, other than my social media grid.
Step 2: Fill in appointments and daily tasks
Here I flip back to my monthly calendar and transfer any appointments I might have onto the left column of my weekly page. I’ll also add my husband’s work schedule here, as that often changes.
Next, I write down any day-specific tasks on the right side of the left page. These two things–appointments and time-sensitive tasks–help me prioritize when it comes time for my daily planning, which I’ll address in a future post.
Word to the wise: if your schedule looks light before the week begins, don’t use that as a sign to add extra but unnecessary tasks. I find that a week that initially appears light ends up filling to the brim.
Step 3: List tasks to accomplish that week
This is where I list any other tasks that need to be accomplished that week, but aren’t date sensitive. I also list recurring tasks here, such as checking in on customers and hostesses or writing blog posts.
While creating this list, I flip back over the previous week to see what tasks were uncompleted. After assessing if they are still necessary, I migrate the ones that are and scratch out the ones that aren’t.
On this right page, I also note who I need to thank, who I need to call, and what posts I’m planning for the coming weeks.
This page also has a place to jot notes throughout the week, as well as a grid for recording my activity on social media. Some find it helpful to include a menu plan on this page, but as I’m not the main cook in our family this is unnecessary for me.
Bonus: a live planning session
If you’d like to watch me create this spread and walk you through the process, you can do so here on YouTube.
I’m always looking for ways to level up my productivity, and would love to hear–how do you do your weekly planning? What’s your favorite tip?