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Weekly planning is the process of organising your goals and priorities for the week ahead.  Learning how to plan your week in advance will help you manage your time better and ensure you start each week feeling focused and productive.

Planning out your week in advance can boost your productivity and help you get more done.  Planning your week on a Friday or Sunday will help you get organised and in control of your time so you can take action on your biggest priorities for the week.

Weekly planning helps you identify your biggest priorities, stops procrastination, and ensures you stick to your goals.  Planning your week eliminates distraction and overwhelm at the start of the week.

Creating clear weekly plans for the upcoming week will help you stay organised and in control of your time.  When you start to plan your week effectively, you’ll start your week with intentionality rather than worrying about what you should do.

The benefits of weekly planning are numerous.  Having weekly plans makes you more productive.  Weekly planning also reduces stress levels.  Planning your week also saves time and ensures you focus your time on your most important weekly activities at the start of the week.

In this article, I’ll share 6 tips on how to plan your week effectively so you can develop a weekly work plan.  These weekly planning tips will help you plan your week before it starts, set your priorities for the week and be more productive on your most important tasks.

How to plan your week

Here are 6 weekly planning tips.

1. Review your long-term plans 

When you don’t plan your week with your goals in mind, you won’t be as effective.  Start your weekly planning with a review of your long-term and short-term goals.  Get clear on where you are now and what progress you want to make by the end of the week.

Clarifying what progress you want to make ensures you spend your time each week on your most important and productive tasks.  When you are clear on your goals, it’s easier to list a few action steps or projects you need to focus on for the upcoming week.  This process saves time and energy.

Read also: How to set goals and achieve them 

2. Plan your week on a Sunday 

To plan your week effectively, create a schedule every Sunday evening for the upcoming week.  Find a quiet place in your most relaxing environment and spend ten to fifteen minutes planning your week.

Planning your week on a Sunday ensures you start every Monday morning feeling focused and productive.  When you plan your week on a Sunday you can devote valuable time on a Monday morning taking action on your most important work.

Weekly planning ensures you don’t worry about what to do or where to invest your time on a Monday.  Planning your week on a Sunday takes you out of the present and helps you clarify the results you want to achieve in the following week without the stress of a new week.

Giving yourself the time to plan your week in advance will save hours of wasted time.

Read also: 6 habits of highly productive people 

3. Set your weekly priorities 

Planning your week in advance gives you a chance to set your priorities for the week so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning.  When setting weekly priorities, you can review bigger plans and goals to ensure that your weekly priorities align with your long-term vision.

Start by making a list of everything you want to get done in the following week.  Then, look at each item and decide on your four or five biggest priorities for the week.  If you plan your week but fail to prioritise, you won’t know where to start.

Identifying your priorities for the week will clarify the outcomes you want to achieve, which will help you manage your time better and increase your productivity.

Read also: How to prioritise work to stay focused

4. Plan your schedule for the week  

Once you are clear on your priorities for the week, you can schedule your most important tasks.  Each day, when planning your day, ensure you take a moment to schedule the activities that will help you achieve your weekly goals.

Having your weekly schedule on a paper planner, weekly planning app, or post-it notes will help you manage your to-do list effectively.  This ensures you block out time to work on your priorities.

Scheduled tasks make you more productive.  When you schedule your time, you know where to invest your time for the biggest results which eliminates multi-tasking and distraction.

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5. Build your weekly routine 

Once you plan your weekly schedule, create productive habits and routines to help you achieve your weekly goals.  Creating weekly routines provides direction, focus and reduces stress.

To create your weekly routine, start by outlining the activities you can do to improve your productivity every day.  Start by making a list of the things you want to get done daily.  You can also introduce an evening routine to review your daily and weekly progress.

Your weekly routine could include taking regular breaks or working in chunks of time.  It might be more productive for you to batch similar tasks together or to take a long walk during the day to keep your energy high.

Start by building a couple of productivity habits into your daily schedule.  Once you have success with them, incorporate these habits into your regular weekly routine.

Read also: 7 productivity tips to be more productive 

6. Review your weekly progress 

The best way to plan your week effectively is to take the time to review your week.  Having a weekly review is an opportunity to reflect on the past week, plan for the week ahead, and ensure your to-do list aligns with  your goals.

Reviewing your week is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements, review your progress and identify any obstacles that are holding you back.  A weekly review helps you understand how you’re investing your time.  It also sets the scene for setting your priorities for the following week.

Taking the time to review your weekly plans increases confidence, motivation, and momentum.

Summing up 

Planning your week in advance lowers stress and increases your productivity.  When you plan your week, ensure you take time to review bigger plans, set your priorities, and make your schedule for the week.

Planning your week in advance ensures you start the week feeling focused and productive.  Weekly planning also gives you greater direction and purpose, ensuring you know exactly where to invest your time, energy, and focus.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

How do you plan your week?

What does your weekly planning routine look like?

Let me know in the comments.

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About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He is the Founder of time management coaching company Lucemi Consulting.  Mark provides time management coaching programs to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Colchester, Essex, Suffolk and across the UK.

He also provides online time management coaching to business owners in the US, Canada and Australia.

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