Weekly planning is one of the most important things I do in my business. It’s the reason that I send a reminder to members of our private Facebook community, encouraging them to take some time to plan their week on Sunday. This article will share my process, and show you how to bullet journal your weekly planning.
What’s so important about weekly planning?
My Sunday weekly planning ritual is my time to relax and to focus on myself and my business. As a busy mom, I’m often putting a lot of energy into my family and my clients. Taking this quiet time to reflect and plan helps me center myself and prepare so that I can best manage the week ahead.
Aside from some personal time, weekly planning reminds you to slow down, evaluate where you want to go and define the steps you need to take to get there. Without regular planning, we may find ourselves procrastinating and getting nothing done because we simply don’t know what to do. Or, we spend our time putting out fires as we react to whatever comes our way.
My Weekly Planning Ritual
My weekly planning ritual is unique to me and to be honest; it can change from week to week. I would love to tell you that every Sunday morning I curl up in my comfy chair, coffee in hand and soft music playing in the background while I journal, reflect on my goals and review my progress.
Of course, I am too transparent to let you believe that.
The reality is that there are days that I barely fit it in. On these days, I may steal a few minutes to myself, just before bed, to set my intention for Monday morning. More often than not, I can dedicate the time I need, but when I can’t, I at least plan for Monday.
When you do your planning is entirely up to you. Some prefer Friday afternoon, others Monday morning. Personally, I do not suggest Monday mornings as I want to know exactly what I have ahead of me before my alarm sounds and the week begins.
There are four main steps to your weekly planning:
- Review the goals you have set for the year and the month
- Plan your focus for the week: 3 goals to move you closer to your monthly goal
- Review your schedule, including family needs and expectations
- Define and schedule the steps to reach your goals for the week
How to bullet journal your weekly planning
I love technology, and most of my productivity tools are digital, but there is something about putting pen to paper. I love to journal and have tried more planners than I want to admit to. I would often carry a planner with me and never really use it or use it but feel limited and still need a separate journal.
Yet, I resisted the bullet journal for some time. I was intimidated by the examples that I had seen that looked so perfect. Don’t get me wrong; I love the creative and elaborate layouts I had seen – I have a Pinterest board and an entire drawer of washi tape to prove it.
I thought that I lacked the creativity, the time, and the patience to try the bullet journal but after another failed planner purchase, I bought the Leuchtturm 1917 journal and gave Bullet Journaling a try.
My journal is simple but powerful and designed with exactly what I need and none of the extra pages that came with all those other planners.
Each week, I create a two-page spread with a complete overview of my week. The first page includes my calendar for the week, including appointments and time blocking.
The 2nd includes my three goals for the week, three tasks for each day, room for miscellaneous To Do’s, the book I am reading and the training I attended.
Each day, I create a simple page with the date at the top, then my three main tasks for the day, in order of priority. If nothing else gets done that day, my number one task should be complete.
Below the date and tasks, I include my morning journaling, meeting notes, evening journaling and anything else that pertains to that day.
If I’m inspired to create a special list, log or other page, I simply add it to the next clean page and add the page number to my index at the front of the book.
Using a bullet journal doesn’t seem to take any more time than I had been using with other systems, including digital. The act of writing leaves me feeling more focused and keeps me free from digital distractions. Using a bullet journal also gives me the alone time and creative outlet that I crave.
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