Step 1: Establish Your Goals
Before you sit down to plan out your day, week, or month, it’s important that you determine what your long term and short term goals are in life. Do you want to start exercising in the mornings? Keep your house looking cleaner? Spend more quality time with your kids? Once you figure out what your priorities are, you can make sure to set time aside every day or week towards reaching your goals.
I LOVE technology! So, everything I can accomplish using my phone, tablet, or laptop, I do. If there’s an app for it, that’s usually what I gravitate towards. Consequently, during one of my searches for a “goal-setting” app, I came across a pretty interesting one called “Balanced”. Using it allows you to keep track of specific goals you have set for yourself and program it so that it reminds you to work on those goals as often as you ask it to.
If you’re the type that prefers writing over typing, there are many printables out there you can use to keep track of goals. Here are a few nice ones:
Step 2: Decide: Techie or Old School?
Once your goals are established, you need to determine when and how often you will be setting up your schedule. For example, I like to plan my schedules once a week. I wake up on Sunday mornings, make a cup of coffee and a bowl of fruit and lay out my materials. The first time you make a week’s schedule it will take a while, but after that, it’s just tweaking from there on out.
Then, you will want to ask yourself whether you feel more comfortable using technology or a good old fashioned pen and paper. There are literally thousands of apps and printables out there to guide you in planning out your day. The question is, which do you think you will actually pick up and use when the time comes to plan?
For the Tech Savvy Planner
I have downloaded and tried many different scheduling apps. I love some of them and found others to be a little over-complicated for my taste. Through trial and error though I found my phone’s calendar to be simple enough to create a perfect daily schedule. Most smart phones nowadays come with a built-in calendar, but I will show you how I use my calendar on my phone to plan out my days and make sure I get stuff done:
First, I created my different calendar categories so that my tasks are color-coded and easy to see. I also like to have one calendar set up for family events so that I can share them with my husband. That way, he can never use the excuse of “not knowing” about an event we have to go to!
Step 3: Implement
Remember, if what you initially set up doesn’t work or ends up being unrealistic, change it! Don’t give up on following a schedule just because you didn’t follow it perfectly on the first day.
I also like to utilize my “Reminders” app to keep track of different tasks I need to add to my schedule for the week. Here’s what that app looks like:
Once you have a schedule set up and are able to follow it for a few weeks, you will see (like I did) that you will be crossing tasks off your to-do lists in no time!