A Weekly Schedule is a Game-Changer
If you know me you know I love lists, organization and scheduling.
I have gotten a lot of questions about how I manage to do so many things everyday, especially in these uncertain times when I am accountable to none but myself.
Up until a month go my answer would have been sheer drive and to-do lists.
But drive evaporates. To-do lists have no deadlines.
Having a weekly schedule was an absolute game-changer for me!
I did not buy a fancy planner for this. I just used a ruled notebook lying around and simply drew in a few rough lines to map out my week.
There is something about seeing your tasks and events broken up into small chunks and spread over the week that motivates you to get things done.
It could be the deadline aspect of it.
When I write down the word "paint" or shoot video" under Monday it moves from something that I have to do sometime when I get the time, to something that I have to do on Monday.
I have always been a rather productivity inclined person, but I've noticed that my efficiency has increased at least fivefold after I started incorporating a weekly plan into my life.
Earlier I have tried a monthly plan and while it is nice to have and I still use it to give me a larger picture, I don't think it is as effective alone without a weekly plan.
A weekly schedule gives me the opportunity to see my large task broken down over the week into manageable chunks.
A simple daily to-do list is effective, but I think it is limited in potential because you fail to see the larger picture. This can be discouraging because no matter how hard you work, things always keep piling up in daily lists.
Also the physical act of writing things down and ticking it off after completion has been wonderful.
Until very recently I've kept all my planning online. It was easy, no doubt.
But personally I now prefer a physical planner.
I've found time to do the random, yet important things that I have been putting off for ages simply because I've started using a weekly planner.
I think up things that have been floating around in my head for sometime and then randomly write it down on a day's task. Now it is out of my mind, but has a specific time allotted to it when I can come and perform the task.
I've gotten so much done with this method and I highly recommend it.
Let me know if it works for you too!