How to A Have Healthy and Productive Week [BAUS Tips]
When it comes to trying to fit everything into seven days, while simultaneously ticking all the necessary boxes, it can sometime get slightly overwhelming. Even coming from someone who is obsessed with planners, organizing, lists and routines; I used to find myself fidgeting around more than I should on a weekly basis. The more goal oriented I became, the busier my schedule looked, and the harder it was to tick all the boxes. After a while, time and chaos allowed me to master how my weekly routine can be (somewhat) perfectly planned in a healthy and productive way.
Here are a few tips and brief descriptions on how you can do the same.
Obvious, yes. No matter how busy your upcoming week will be, try to relax when planning and don’t become overwhelmed. There’s a reason this saying is famous: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Whether you’re into planners, electronic calendars, or written agendas, you need to choose where you’re going to house your weekly plan. Pick something convenient and natural to you so it’s not an extra thought.
Everything you want and need to do for the week should be written out so you can see how much or how little you have going on. Reminder: Don’t get overwhelmed.
Figure out what boxes you want to tick that particular week. For example, my boxes usually are: Work, Fitness, Food, Social Life, Upkeep, Home, Errands, School, Goals/Dreams and Relaxation.
Once you have everything that you’d like to get done that week figured out, estimate how much time each thing will take. There are only so many hours in a day, so if you plan poorly I guarantee you, you will be frantic.
Out of those categories, rank them in level of importance. Since I tend to have several boxes on a weekly basis, sometimes I need to be realistic that some things don’t need to be done as much as others. But again, it’s a matter of balance and personal preference.
Now that you know what needs to be done versus what you want to be done, you can start to organize your schedule. Do it in pencil, and allow space to move things around.
If any of your plans involve other people, make sure that you’re factoring that in. For example, I work out 6 days a week, sometimes with a trainer, so when I plan my gym time I need to make sure he’s planning for my time as well.
If you’ve done all of the above, than this should be the easy part. You now know exactly what your week will look like; who and what it will include, how and when you will get things done.
Never start off a new week stressed. Yes, life happens and things aren’t always 100% good, but positivity and relaxation sets your mind and body up for good vibes throughout the week. If you fall into a routine of what your week typically looks like, you will surely turn chaos into comfort.
If you’re looking at all of this and thinking, “I don’t have time to do all of that, I’m already busy enough as it is,” then I challenge you to try it out for a week or month. Briefly going into minor detail on my categories, I promise you if I can make time for all the following things, so can you. My typical week includes: working 8a-6p in an office, working out at least 5 days a week (sometimes twice a day), meal prepping and cooking on Sundays for the week, studying for my online courses, actually doing my online courses, planning content for clients outside of my 9-5, scheduling and creating my own content for my social channels, working towards my goals and dreams. Mind you that doesn’t include “normal” things like grocery shopping, nails/hair, visiting family, hanging with friends, etc. If you want to be a boss, you have to hustle. In order to hustle effectively, you need to plan.