For me planning for the week ahead is a big time saver and a stress reducer. I know what is to be expected (for the most part) and I can have some control in what goes on in our day to day activities. I have also noticed that planning ahead can help save some money. And don’t we all need a little bit of help in these areas? Save time, money and reduce stress? Sign me up!
Although planning the week is still a bit new to me, I have noticed in the past that Sundays are what Tan and I call our “slow day”. We usually go to Sunday Morning Mass, visit my Mom afterwards, then we’re home in time for dinner and maybe a movie (while I do laundry -ah multi-tasking, gotta love it!) This past Sunday was one of those rare days where we actually had to change our plans and push everything off for today. But no matter how busy I am, I try to set aside some time to prepare for the week ahead. Right now, I’m in the process of doing my weekly planning, and felt inspired to share some of the tasks that I’ve planned to help keep me organized.
- Check calendar for upcoming appointments, birthdays.
- Make a “to do” list.
- Jot down what to make for dinner.
- Create a shopping list and cut out my coupons for the week.
- Wash and prep the kids clothes for the week.
If I don’t take the time to do these things, I feel like I spend the rest of the week playing catch-up. You know the feeling, right?
While my Google Calendar and my Daily Planner have helped make my tasks a bit simpler, I still find myself doing things the “old-fashion” way. I guess it’s because I feel more accomplished when I can check things off, lol 😉
If you’re like me and take pleasure with the “check of” system, then go here and download yourself a copy of my Weekly Planner and/or To-Do List. A neat trick is to get yourself a 8×10 frame (from the dollar store) and a dry erase fine tip pen, that way you can use the glass to check off your completed tasks, then erase it for the following week! How cool is that!
I totally encourage you to give this a try and let me know what you think!