How to Organize Your Weekly Schedule
By Randi Morse
Some people are naturally organized. They find a great deal of pleasure in making sure that everything around them is exactly in the place it is supposed to be. There are many others who do not have this specific skill set. Being unorganized can transform your day from peaceful to hectic and can take your mind from calm to panic very quickly. Taking the time to plan your week helps you to know exactly what is going to occur during the week and gives you a great deal of peace of mind.
You may have a 9 to 5 job, which may lead you to believe that you don't need to put down your job on your weekly calendar. Blocking out work time, however, makes it much easier when planning to avoid placing any sort of appointments in that time slot. If you work a varied schedule, putting your weekly schedule on a calendar that you can easily see makes figuring out what the rest of your day is going to look like much more simple.
Make Your List
What is it that you need to do this week? Do you need to go grocery shopping? Do you need to buy a gift for your sibling? Or do you need to make a phone call to your grandmother? Write down a list of all the things you want to accomplish during the week, no matter how mundane they may seem. Often the little tasks we need to do pop up in our head randomly and we try to remind ourselves to accomplish them later in the day. Memory is tricky and you're much more likely to forget that task if you don't write it down than you are to remember it. By placing a physical list of all the tasks you need to accomplish in front of you, you'll remember what you have to do and find satisfaction when you cross off each accomplished task.
Engage the Family
If you are single it's easy to schedule your week out. If, however, you are married or have a family, things get a little trickier. Sit down with your family once a week, or create a group chat, and ask everyone in the family what they need to do during the week. If your daughter has soccer practice, or your son has a piano lesson, make sure you block the time out in your schedule and figure out who is going to be responsible for ensuring that child gets to their activity.
When you're new to organizing it can take a while to get into the routine of making a weekly schedule. The more you do it, the more you will start to see patterns, which makes it much easier to remember exactly what you must do and when you must do it.
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