Jun
05
2012

Tuesday {organize} Tip: Make a Weekly Plan

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

Tuesday Tips-Make life easier!

Today’s tip is to make a weekly plan.

 

I don’t know about you, but my life easily gets out of control and I find that I am not taking care of the things that are most important. Usually the chaos has ensued because I failed to plan and I get too busy taking care of things that are urgent (the phone is ringing, a child is crying, the oven is smoking, etc.), but not necessarily important (eternal).

 

The last two weeks have been like that for me, so I have re-committed to my weekly planning time on Sunday evenings. I like to plan for the entire week so that I get everything done, but don’t end up with one super busy day that leaves me frustrated and exhausted. Looking at a larger chunk of time helps me to bring balance to my life.

Over time, I have changed the tools that I use to plan, but one thing that really helps me is my Weekly Goal Planner.

 

Weekly Goal Planner

This planner encompasses all of the important areas of my life and keeps them in front of me. When I fail to use the Goal Planner, I definitely see a difference in my life–I feel more disorganized, overwhelmed and guilty for not accomplishing what I want and need to do.  (You can print your own copy by clicking the photo above.)

The goal planner helps me with the big picture, but I also like to write a more specific plan for the week in which I roughly schedule what needs to be done each day. For me personally, scheduling specific times isn’t helpful because things come up and quickly get me off track. It does help to have a general plan with items that need to be done during the morning, afternoon and evening. You can see a sample of my weekly plan here.

 

If you would like to start making a weekly plan, I have several printable planners for you to choose from (or you can create your own). Click the pictures below to read more about each planner.

[I know there are much more technologically advanced ways to stay organized, but I find that writing my plans by hand makes an impression on my mind and I am more likely to stick to the plan.]

 

Weekly Planner 1

General planner with no specific times.

 

Weekly Planner 2

Hourly schedule

 

Weekly Planner 3

 Daily routine and general time frames.

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Click here to order your Summer Sanity!

 

Do you make a weekly plan? Has it helped you be more organized? Leave a comment.

 

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna June 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Just 10 minutes ago I told my husband that I wanted to plan out the next 2 weeks on paper. We are gearing up to be gone for 2 week and getting things on paper will help the preparations seem much more manageable. Thanks so much for the useful tools.

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Kimberlee June 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

You are very welcome Anna!

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Annie June 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I love all of your organizers! May I ask what software you use to make them?

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Kimberlee June 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Annie. I use Word.

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Denise July 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

I’m a. List person. Love this

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Magda May 23, 2014 at 1:33 am

I love your planners and the REMINDER TO LIVE LIFE INTENTIONALLY!!

Would it be ok to ask you if you are still using the Weekly Goal Planner (as per this blog entry) to begin planning your week or have you moved onto your Weekly Plans that you create in your journals (ie that have the headings : Self, People, Passion, Purpose etc), or are now just using these 2014 new pages – http://thepeacefulmom.com/2014-weekly-planning-pages-personal-size/ ?

Thanks so much for all your work on organisation! It is really very helpful! (will you be writing an ebook about it all?).
Magda

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Kimberlee Stokes May 26, 2014 at 11:08 am

Hi Magda! I am sure that looking at everything on my site, you might be a little confused. I have been blogging for about 5 years now and I have just added things as I used them.

I currently have my Brain in a Binder with more long-term planning items like my One Year Planner: http://thepeacefulmom.com/2010/12/29/get-organized-free-printable-one-year-planner/ and most of the other things I mention in the post here: http://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/09/05/new-vlog-my-planner-a-k-a-brain-in-a-binder/. For my weekly planning I am using the personal size planner here: http://thepeacefulmom.com/2014-weekly-planning-pages-personal-size/ which incorporates the items on the customizable weekly planner mentioned above. If I have an incredibly busy week I may pull out the Weekly Planner 3 linked here: (http://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/08/31/the-peaceful-mom-weekly-planner-3/) just to help me get everything down in one place.

I have kept all the versions of my organizers on the website so that people can find what best suits their needs. I hope that clears up any confusion. Please feel free to ask any other questions you have.

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Magda May 23, 2014 at 2:37 am

and in addition to above – do you still use the Binder at home, which includes your weekly planner 3 (http://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/08/31/the-peaceful-mom-weekly-planner-3/) AND the weekly goal planner (above)?
or have you pared down to the one planner for everything like the one you here – http://thepeacefulmom.com/2014-weekly-planning-pages-personal-size/
Sorry about all this questions, your planners are very helpful – also reading about your processes and how they all fit together.
Thanks again Kimberlee.
Magda

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