The clock says it’s time to organize your weekly schedule and level up your productivity at work! Let go of your stress and welcome deadlines with positive vibes. Read on to find out some organization tips that will ease the burden of your stressful work week.
Back in my college days, I remember experiencing a constant battle between procrastination and time management. Despite my love for studies, I just can’t help but have some leisure time too. However, there are times that I miss balancing them thus, disaster comes in. That became my turning point to utilize my time wisely every day. Eventually, journals and mini-bulletin boards became my best buds. Daily arrangements became easier for me and I was able to find more time throughout the week.
If you’re struggling to squeeze in every task daily, you’ll definitely need to start organizing it by starting from the basics.
Organization Tips: How To Organize Your Weekly Schedule To Make Your Life Easier
Creating a weekly schedule gives a hint of our goals in life — be it short-term or in the long run. Managing our time wisely makes our priorities more visible to complete. It also allows us to make the most out of the time we have, without sacrificing things or weighing which is which.
If you’re a college student or you just landed on your first job, organizational tools like daily planners, log calendars, and even sticky notes are very helpful in keeping you on track so you’ll be able to accomplish responsibilities ASAP. At the end of the day, it’s also inspiring to see your planners with all pending tasks checked, right? An instant relief! And probably, you’ll be looking forward for the next day and for more duties to be done filled with positivity, of course.
So, if you want to know how to effectively use these tools, then continue reading this article. You will learn easy steps on how to organize your weekly schedule that helps you maximize time and increase productivity.
1. Obligations Come First
As a working professional, you have no control over your schedule at work. (Unless you’re a rockstar freelancer) Your job is to show up on fixed meeting schedules and do things according to your deadlines. The only thing you need to watch out for are tasks (usually admin-related) that suddenly pop up in your day-to-day activities. We suggest you do big tasks first and then do the little tasks as the day stretches.
2. Have Productive Breaks
Once you set the schedule of your obligations, plug the rest of your time around activities such as going to the gym, learning a new language, doing crafts, or reading a book. These are what I call productive breaks that boost your creativity instead of distracting you all throughout the day.
3. Plan It All Out
Now that you know your priorities, it’s time to lay it all out and plan. I know there are tons of apps to keep you organized, but trust me, nothing beats paper and pen. A good rule of thumb is to set a limit for each task, 1 to 3 hours for big tasks and 15-45 minutes for small tasks. It’s all about budgeting your time!
4. Create A List For More Detailed Tasks
Take a look at your plan and see which tasks need more details. Lie, for example, “organizing a birthday party” or “prepare dinner”. Those tasks definitely need more looking into, so write it in a separate list and be as detailed as possible so you don’t overlook anything.
5. Breaking Up Larger Project into Smaller Projects
Speaking of lists and detailed tasks, one way to face them successfully is by breaking them down into smaller tasks. It is so much more effective than doing it all at once. Work on it piece by piece, slowly but consistently, for a manageable (and tolerable) schedule.
6. Prioritize your Deadlines
Having a lot of things to do means you may not finish everything on time. The answer to this is simple, prioritize tasks by due date. If it doesn’t have a deadline, make one. It won’t just speed things up, it will also make feel extra productive whenever you finish something!
7. Have Time For The Fun Stuff
When you end up having a bad week, don’t be too hard on yourself. Treat yourself and have time for the fun stuff in your weekly schedule! This gives you something to look forward to. Besides, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You don’t want to be burnt out from doing things all week. Adding recreational activities makes you motivated to get things done for the new week ahead.
Watch a tutorial on Creating a Weekly Schedule shared by Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation, Natick, MA:
Making a weekly schedule is a great way to make sure that you meet your goals for the day, week, month or year. What else could you add to your weekly schedule to boost your productivity? You need not worry about your weekly schedule because it does not kill your freedom and creativity.
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