It’s important to take a few minutes to look at your week ahead before your week begins. Not just to look AT it, but to rise above your week and look down on it. This view allows you to be the puppeteer of your schedule and rearranging activities and events in a way that makes the most sense for you.
Get It All Down In Your Calendar
- Set one to three priorities and place them in to your schedule.
- Have a look at your to-do list and see where you can get some of those items accomplished.
- Make sure that your schedule is set up so that there can be a flow. Allow for adequate space between scheduled appointments and events, taking into consideration the time it takes for travel, eating, prepping, regrouping, etc. Peek at the powerful questions below to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success.
After getting it all down in your calendar, ask yourself the following questions:
1) Where do things feel too tight? And how can I relieve this?
Move things around so that your schedule is doable. You’ll end up letting yourself AND others down if you try to pack too much in.
2) What expectations do I need to set for others based on what I’m able to do this week?
Sending a quick note via email and/or text will go a long way, ensuring that you don’t feel pulled in directions you can’t accomodate.
3) Who can I ask for help?
Never be ashamed to ask for help, and be specific with your request. Instead of saying “Could you please help with this project,” say “Could you please email these three people requesting they complete this survey and send me the results? This would be a huge help.” This will ensure that they know exactly what needs to be done and you’ll know exactly what’s taken off your plate. (Don’t forget to say thank you! Those two words go a long way.)
This practice will take you out of the busyness of life: Out of the details and into big-picture mode. (We could all use a little more of that!)
Carving out some time on Sundays for this is powerful, but even Monday mornings before you get going with your day will work just as well. Play around and see what feels best for you.