Weekly planning is the process of organising your goals and priorities for the week ahead. Learning how to plan your week helps you manage your time better and ensure you start each week feeling focused and productive.
Planning your week in advance saves time, boosts productivity, and help you get more done. When you plan your week on a Friday or Sunday, you get organised and take control of your time allowing you to take action on your biggest priorities for the week on Monday morning.
Learning how to plan your week helps you clarify your most important work and allows you to make a detailed list of the action steps needed to achieve your weekly goals. Weekly planning eliminates distraction and overwhelm and helps you improve your focus and attention.
Creating clear weekly plans for the upcoming week will help you stay organised and in control of your time. When you plan your week effectively, you’ll start your week with intentionality rather than worrying about what you should do.
In this article, I’ll share 6 tips on how to plan your week effectively so you can develop a better weekly work plan. These weekly planning tips will help you feel clear, capable, and confident about identifying and taking action on your biggest weekly priorities.
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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. When planning your week, start 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.
Use your long-term goals to set five measurable goals you want to achieve for that week.
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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 a calm 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 to take 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 by the end of the week without the stress of playing catch up.
Giving yourself the time to plan your week in advance will save hours of wasted time. If you prefer, use Friday afternoon to plan the week ahead.
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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, review your 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 that 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.
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4. Plan your week in a schedule
Once you are clear on your priorities for the week, you can schedule your most important tasks. When planning your day ensure you take a moment to schedule the priorities 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 weekly priorities.
Scheduled tasks make you more productive and ensure that you always take action on the priorities that matter most. When you schedule your time, you know where to invest your time for the biggest results which eliminates distraction and increases focus.
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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.
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6. Review your weekly progress
The best way to plan your week effectively is to take 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 also 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.
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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