Let’s Be Real
The best way to organize your week is to plan it out ahead of time. This step alone can be a challenge to most people as they set unrealistic goals for themselves. Lesson number one: you have to keep things real. If you create unrealistic goals you are most likely not going to meet them. So instead of 3 substantial goals, break them down into 6 to 8 smaller goals. This will also help to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.
Make a List
It might sound simple to the point of silly, but you would be amazed at what writing a list can do. Just sit down, look around, and see what needs to be done. You have to realize what the tasks at hand are before you can allocate time to these tasks. A list can also make sure you don’t overlook anything and they are good for both home and work purposes.
Budget Your Time
There are only so many hours in a day and more important, they are only so many hours you can devote to one task. If you spend 8 hours a day at work and want to get in 8 hours of sleep, you need to take the other hours of the day and block them off for the additional tasks you need to perform. For busy people a schedule is imperative. Let’s say you have a full-time job but you are also taking online classes plus you need to get in time for housework and to go to the gym. Ask yourself about solid deadlines versus no deadlines and plan around that in addition to your days off. Once you have a schedule, you must discipline yourself to adhere to it.
Don’t Stop When You Are Ahead
Let’s say you actually get ahead of your schedule and you have spare time. It is your choice as to what you do with this time, but keep in mind that be utilizing it wisely it will reduce your workload for the rest of the week. If you have the energy and the momentum, go with it and put in those extra few minutes. By getting ahead you can stay ahead and that schedule will look less intimidating as the days go by. At the same time if you know you need to stop when the work is done, then do so in order to achieve the next day’s tasks. Only you can make that call for yourself.
There’s An App for That
With the advances in mobile technology there is certainly no shortage of (free) tools to help you plan and organize your week. We used to set our watches as reminders but now we can program our phones to actually speak to us when it is time to do something. Calendars, notifications, and reminders are definitely not in short supply and it is going far beyond smartphones with the hardware and software found in “smart homes”. So take advantage of the resources around you, set achievable goals, and take control of time instead of it controlling you.