Do you make the most of your time? How we spend our time impacts our productivity, effectiveness and our sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. The value of time cannot be underestimated. We all have 24 hours in a day – no more and no less. Many of us have so much to do that we wish we had 34 hours in a day. How can you make the most of your time? These tips for planning your week will help you spend your time more wisely.
I recommend you spend time at the beginning of each week to plan your week. Find a time and place where you won’t be interrupted for at least a half hour. I always do my weekly planning on Sunday night after the kids have gone to bed. Then I’m ready to start fresh and dive right into my tasks on Monday morning.
In order to ensure that you’re spending time on the most important things, set weekly goals that are aligned with your mission and values. I set goals for each important role in my life (such as wife, mother, business owner, speaker, coach, etc.). By doing so, I’m better able to balance my various roles in life. Therefore, I won’t spend all of my time on business and then neglect my family. Think about the various roles you play in life – both personal and professional. Maybe you’re a wife, a mother, a manager, a community volunteer, and friend. Don’t forget the role of “self”. We need to put our own self-care at the top of the list. Once you’ve identified and listed your major roles, then you’re ready to set goals.
Set 2-3 weekly goals for each role in your life. Ask yourself, “What is the most important thing I can do in each role this week that will have the greatest positive impact?” Goals related to personal relationships (i.e., role of wife, mother, friend, etc.) may involve spending one-on-one time with significant people in your life. Goals related to your work may involve strategic planning, completing projects, meeting with key people, etc. Goals related to yourself involve anything that refreshes you physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually; such as exercise, reading, recreation, prayer or meditation.
Once you’ve set your weekly goals, you’re ready to plan your week. Transfer your goals to your daily calendar. Either list an item as a goal for the day or schedule it on your calendar. Be sure to schedule time to refresh yourself each day, whether it’s physical exercise, time with friends or family, or just some quiet time to yourself.
By following these tips for planning your week, you’ll feel more productive, balanced, and satisfied!