Do you often feel like you don’t always have enough time to do the things that you need to do, even the basics? Creating a weekly schedule can take off some of the stress and pressure. There are several work organization tips that you can follow to help you arrange your week.
Organization Tips: How To Organize Your Weekly Schedule To Make Your Life Easier
Create A Weekly Schedule To Increase Your Productivity and Maximize Your Time
Time management is definitely important. And, creating a weekly schedule reflects what we want our life to look like. It allows us to set our priorities at the same time maximize the use of our time. Organizational tools like daily planners and log calendars are very useful especially if you are a college student.
So, if you want to know how to effectively use these tools, then continue reading this article. You will learn 3 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 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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