Last Sunday as I wrote my plans for the week ahead I wondered how many people do this.
I don’t do it every Sunday and when I don’t, my week is not productive at all, I feel as though I am wondering about aimlessly productivity-wise.
Conversely, when I plan I’m so much more focused that I can just let emails pile up as I try to meet personal deadlines before close of business on Friday. I used to plan work during the weekend but I don’t tend to anymore.
So, I sat down and thought about why I like planning on Sundays.
As with most people, my productive/working week starts on Monday. If I make plans on Sunday it means that I am ready to go by the time Monday starts.
For me, it doesn’t work to do this planning on any other day because it makes Mondays feel like they’ve started on the wrong path.
Reviewing The Week
The planning process doesn’t take much time, perhaps 20 minutes, but it also allows me to review what didn’t work or happen the week before.
Most people don’t finish everything they tasked themselves to do because, by nature, we all think things take less time than they actually do.
It’s Saturday morning as I write this and when I woke up at 4 a.m. I planned to write, post and schedule emails for three blogs. I’m only on my second blog and the third will not happen. This is what happens, it’s life.
It’s okay though, because it’s Saturday, and I don’t work on Saturdays but my body clock forgot that so here we are, essentially in “bonus time”, doing some extra work.
Creating Focus & Clarity
Unlike New Years’ Resolutions weekly reviews tend to be more specific and generally much more achievable.
Having a focus for the week gives each day a sense of direction it doesn’t have when you just wake up and start making things up as you go along.
Taking Time To Think
Normally, when the week starts we go into autopilot and don’t pause to think even when we know we need to. Sundays are a good time to have this very necessary pause so that we don’t go into overdrive doing things week-in week-out that are not working.
Sundays are an opportunity to change tack, to refocus, to energize.
My big question to you is: do you sit down and plan your week? How do you plan? How could you plan better?
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