Last week I was gangbusters-level productive! I am happy to say that I completed everything from my Weekly Wishes list. We are gearing up for a trip to visit family so I was motivated by the deadline. Part of what I worked on was a neat little Weekly Planner that I’ll share with you down below. But first, this week’s wishes:
- Pack for trip. This is the big thing. I’m trying not to be crazy last-minute this time. I need to get laundry done and make sure I have all the little just-in-case details like a thermometer and short-sleeved t-shirts. We usually bring two suitcases for all four of us so it’s a bit of a puzzle getting it all in.
- Go to bed early. I’m realllllly bad about staying up late. Not really working, but just up late because I’m a night owl and always have been. I’ve always had sleep problems and I think sometimes I stay up late because I’m afraid I won’t be able to sleep and I don’t want to lie awake. But now I think it’s time for a bedtime. I’m just not sure when. What’s your bedtime?
- Start reading up on my camera. I have had my new camera for almost a year now and I still haven’t explored all the settings. I’m bringing the manual with me so I can learn more.
- Relax with family. As I mentioned, we are going to Louisiana on Wednesday. I won’t lie, it’s been a little lonely living in Maryland. I’m ready for some family time and it’s always crazy fun when all five cousins get together.
Even though I’ll be out of town I’ll still be blogging. Right now I’m planning for two posts per week (Monday and Wednesday) through the end of the year, but I’ll be adding at least one more day (Friday) in January. Keep in touch with Bloglovin, Facebook or more on the right sidebar!
Now I’ve got a little something for you! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how I plan my weeks. I designed a page that helps me keep track of my goals and plans. I’ve tried many, many systems but this one fits me best. I write everything personal and professional on this one calendar. I’ve found that keeping separate calendars ends up with one getting left behind. I need to see everything in one place so that I can get a good sense of time management and balance.
Download your weekly planner here. They print as standard, 8.5×11″ pages and are black and white. Easy and cheap! I punch holes in mine and keep them in a binder with lots of plain paper for writing out more elaborate ideas.
At the top of the page, I write my Weekly Wishes- the top priorities for the week. Each day has a space for Places to Go (appointments, outings, errands) and Things to Do (smaller goals for each day). I write the next day’s Things to Do when I finish ‘work’ for the day. So I don’t write anything on Tuesday’s Things to Do list until Monday evening. That way I know exactly where I am and have an accurate starting point for the next day. It helps me turn off my brain from work as well as get started quickly the next day.
What do you think? Would this planner work for you? If you’d like to read more about Weekly Wishes (or participate!) head over to The Nectar Collective now.
P.S. I found this 2015 yearly planner free printable on The Handmade Home. It includes the full year with month pages, lesson planning pages and all sorts of other extras. It’s not one big document, so you can just mix and match the parts you need. I’ll definitely use some of these!