How To Create A Week You Love

February 17th, 2016 | no comments

My Ideal Week

Creating my ideal week is something I love doing so I thought I’d share it with you.

The reason I love it is because it’s FUN! It gives you permission to think about what you really desire and how you want to feel at the end of each day. It allows you to dream big.

I’m not sure where I first came across this idea but I’ve kinda been doing a version of it for most of my life. I love being organised so I’ve always had lists, a diary, a plan for what I was doing each day.

But in recent times I’ve actually sat down and designed my ideal week. Really thought about how I wanted my week to be. Each day is a little different.

Designing your ideal day and week doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how tomorrow will be – it can be something you work towards. It can be close to how your days are now or completely different.

In fact, it can be exactly what you want it to be.

You can create a week you love.

Why design your ideal week?
  • To ensure the important things get done.
  • To see where your time goes and how you can maximise it.
  • To make sure you have time for self-care, fun and YOU time.
  • To discover your ‘non-negotiables’ and how you can consistently incorporate them into your life.
  • To bring your version of balance back into your life and improve your health and wellbeing.

 

Here’s some things to consider when designing your ideal week
  • What must get done? Work, meals, household chores and other commitments.
  • What are your ‘non-negotiables’? This will be different for all of us. It could be a morning routine that sets you up for the day ahead or a nighttime wind down ritual or anything that is important to you.
  • Have you made time for YOU? Self-care, hobbies, time out just for you.
  • How long do things actually take? Quite often we think something takes a lot less time than it actually does. Be realistic and adjust as needed.
  • What can you actually get done in a day? Don’t try to fit too much in. Leave space into between things to allow for the unexpected. Again, be realistic and adjust as needed.
  • Does it feel doable and sustainable? When you’re designing your ideal day pay close attention to how you feel. Is is joy and calm? Or are you feeling anxiety and overwhelm? This is the key to whether your ideal day is really what you desire.

 

How to create a week you love

This is how I create my ideal day and week.

1. LIST

  • I write a list of all the things I must get done in a week, my non-negotiables, self-care and time out for me.
  • Next to each of these I estimate how long they will take.

 

2. WEEKLY PLANNER

  • If you don’t have a weekly planner you can divide a piece of paper into 7 sections for each day of the week or use a spreadsheet or document.
  • This is where I design an overview of my ideal week.
  • I put all the must dos – work and personal – into the relevant days, then my non-negotiables, self care and time out. I spread things out throughout the week and make sure each day feels good.

 

3. SCHEDULE IT IN

  • This is where timing comes in.
  • I put each days activities, in detail, into my calendar.
  • I always leave some completely free time and allow time in between things.
  • I also allow ‘catch-up’ time. This is really important – it gives you that extra time just in case something comes up or takes longer than expected.

 

4. REVIEW AND UPDATE

This step is probably THE most important.

  • Take a step back, maybe even come back to it the next day.
  • Look over your week and take notice of how it feels to you? Do you have a sense of ease and joy? Is this the kind of week you’re going to enjoy? If not what can you tweak to bring it closer to a week you’ll love?
  • You can review as often as you like. At the moment I’m reviewing mine each month after my business mastermind meeting where I set my goals for the month ahead.

 

I keep my weekly planner overview on my desk where I can see it every day. This reminds me of my goals, helps me stay motivated and keeps me out of overwhelm.

Have you created a week you love? Head to the comments below and let me know.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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