When planning out the month ahead, there are a few things I go over to make sure I’m not forgetting anything. First, I always write down Melissa’s class and work schedule. This way I can see at a glance, what days we have free for other activities. Next I write in any major holidays or events. Finally, I jot down any plans or appointments that we already have scheduled for the month.
Once those three things are in my calendar, I’m done planning out my month! Throughout the month, if any additional appointments or larger events pop up, I will go back and add them to my monthly calendar. This way, I always have an up-to-date month at a glance.
Once my monthly calendar is all sorted out, it’s time to focus on my weekly plans. Since I organize my week in a Monday through Friday format, I plan each week out on the Sunday before it begins. So every Sunday night I sit down, and think about the week ahead, and what we have going on.
First thing I do is transfer anything I have on my monthly calendar for that week into my weekly calendar. I’ll also add a few more details (like time or place) if necessary. Next I’ll look through my financial planner to see if I have any bills due. While I do use my financial planner for the bulk of my money organization, I do like to have bill due dates written in my regular planner as well. This really ensures that no bill gets forgotten.
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I’ll also add additional scheduled events that didn’t need to be written on my monthly calendar. You can see that I wrote in on Friday that we need to drop Dakota off with my parents before leaving to go to the wedding. I really didn’t need to include that on my monthly calendar, since it’s not a huge event, but it helps to have it clearly written out in my weekly planer as something that needs to be done on Friday.
The weekly calendar is really where I get the bulk of my planning done, and what I refer to on a daily basis. I will also add in more plans as I go through the actual week and things come up. So if on Wednesday we decide we want to take an Ikea trip that weekend, I’ll write it in so when the weekend rolls around, we don’t forget that we wanted to get that done.
The final step in my planning routine is writing out my personal to-do list. I write out my to-do list for the upcoming week at the same time as I’m planning my week, on Sunday nights. Anything that didn’t get completed the previous week gets immediately transferred into next week’s to-do list. I’ll also think about anything that I’ve been wanting to get done around the house, and jot it on the list.
As I go through the week, I’ll slowly work on chipping away at things on my to-do list. As they get completed, they get a green check mark. I will also add things into my to-do list as they come up throughout the week. If I get to the end of the week and something still isn’t completed, I’ll put a red arrow in the box to indicate that I’ve moved it to the following week.
And that is how I plan my planning! It really is simple once you sit down and decide what you’re going to do when. All it really takes is 5 minutes at the end of each month, 5 minutes at the end of each week, and a couple minutes here and there throughout each day. Easy!
What’s your planning schedule like? Do you break it down into monthly and weekly planning sessions like me? Or do you follow another routine?