I always find that organising myself ahead of a knowingly busy period of time helps me become more relaxed and even more productive if I know exactly how much time I have and when. There are many ways to make a plan, and this week I tried this one below, which came from a mix of formats (also, I’m very aware this is not the prettiest, but the idea of this weekly planner is that it’s quick to scribble down).
Week at a glance…
I like having a full week view of the events that are happening throughout the week which aren’t uni (or other work). This way, I don’t forget anything and I can work my way around that schedule of things I have/really want to do that week.
Lists for the day
I decided to add a small space for each day of the week to write daily to-do lists. I’m a big fan of to-do lists as this is the time where you really plan out your time and add things that maybe you cannot add ahead of time. Here, I add my uni work and other daily tasks.
I don’t add times to my planner. This may not work for everyone, but I don’t like to add a beginning, end or overall time period to my work as I find I get stressed if I don’t stick to those times or if something comes up that I need to fit in. Make it flexible!
Here I have made a small side tracker to track habits I want to keep up with for that week. If I continue habit tracking, I may adjust the habits per week to keep up with certain ones or try new things. This week, I decided to track ‘regular movement’ (not lazing around all day and instead, walk around, do different activities etc.), ‘exercise’ (actual time exercising – I’m currently doing Joe Wicks’ 7 Days of Sweat and it’s incredible!) and ‘stick to 1 snack’ (I snack unhealthy snacks way too often, so I do want to monitor this and get it down, possibly to zero like I used to).
A separate area to write your priorities or deadlines so you know what you absolutely have to get done that week.
I never really thought to write down my budgeting properly – it was all in my head. Putting it on paper really puts into perspective exactly how you’re spending and maybe what areas you could spend less in and invest in more.
A small area to just add anything that doesn’t go into the boxes above. It can be something small like a reminder, for example.
And that’s it! This is the planner I’m trying this week. I hope this gives you inspiration on how to organise your week, or even start planning if you don’t already!
If you want to see a different (or more aesthetically pleasing) style of planner, make sure to comment below!