I just love organization. I love reading and looking at pictures about organization that it inspires me to try to be organized. But sad to say, I can easily get lost and distracted while aiming to do so. I’d probably start my day with a list of things to do, but at the end of the day, I may not get anything done. That’s because I could easily jump from one task to another without really finishing anything. :O Yep. That has happened to me and still could happen to me. LOL!
Then I read about the importance of guarding one’s time because time is so precious, it’s the scarcest thing in life. :O I’m sure we’ve all heard that before. I thought time is all we have that makes us equal. Nobody can buy it from anywhere. Nobody is given more than 24 hours a day. This means if I take care of my time by making sure I use it well, it’d be wonderful. Thus, to ensure that I guard my time well, I embraced time blocking. And this shows in the revised Weekly Planner printable I used to have. To the left of the Weekly Planner, you should now see the time and its corresponding line where you put the task that you’re supposed to do at that time. That’s easy.
But let me take you through the printables I have, which are the Weekly Planning Guide, Weekly Planner, and the Notes Page.
How do I use it?
Step 1: Well, I always try to plan my week ahead. I usually do it either on a Saturday or Sunday. What I do is to list down all the tasks that has to be done in the upcoming week using the Weekly Planning Guide. These tasks are categorized into the constants, things to do at work or for work, and things to do at home or for the home.
- The Constants: List the tasks that you always do every week. For example, grocery shopping and tracking expenses.
- TO Dos @work: List the tasks you need to do for work such as meetings, reports, and so forth.
- TO Dos @home: List the tasks you need to do for the home or anything personal such as school PTC or lunch date with friends.
Step 2: On the Weekly Planner (To Do List) sheet, ensure that all tasks you’ve written in the Weekly Guide are distributed throughout the week. The more simplified your tasks are, the better.
Step 3: Use the Notes Page sheet (ideally printed at the back of the Weekly Planning Guide) as you take down notes from meetings, readings, etc. These notes will probably contain action items for next week.
Step 4: As you end the current week and try to plan the next week, ensure that you have transferred undone tasks to next week’s Weekly Planning Guide. Then do steps 1 to 4 over again, obviously. LOL!
How do I print it?
As can be seen in the picture, the Weekly Planning Guide stays at the left side of the binder while the Weekly Planner sheet stays at the right side of the binder. This is so it’s easy to transfer and tick off tasks from both sheets when tasks are completed. Ideally, you print the Notes Page at the back of both sheets.
Well, I hope these printables will help you organize your life, at home or at work. Please let me know if I can answer questions for you. I’d appreciate your thoughts, too. 🙂 To download the printables, simply click on the links below:
Enjoy and have a productive week, y’all!