Why Weekly Planning Works
With a weekly plan, you focus on your top priorities over the course of 7 days rather than 1 day. The tasks can be work-related like client projects or business development and marketing activities. Or they can be personal like prioritizing family, movement, sleep, outdoor recreation and creative hobbies. A weekly planning session leads to more clarity, control, focus and flow.
In this episode, you'll learn about why weekly planning works, and how it creates more clarity, control, focus and flow:
1. Clarity: Weekly planning reduces overwhelm and makes space for your best work with greater ease. It gives you more direction in how you will move forward on your high-level projects, while taking care of routine tasks and obligations to others.
- The Five Projects Rule
- The four blocks to plan your days in each week: focus blocks, social blocks, admin blocks and recovery blocks
- The Eisenhower Matrix or Priority Matrix: important and urgent; important and not urgent; urgent and not important; not important and not urgent
- Do, defer (schedule), delegate, drop
- Triage your calendar and task list
- Use weekly to-do list instead of a daily one
- Synch with your natural rhythm
- Align with context and circumstances
- Consider the concept of state-dependent recall
- Kate Northrup, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women
- Charlie Gilkey, Start Finishing: How to Go From Idea to Done
- Sebastian Brian Mehr