Planning your week ahead.
Many people prefer not to plan and instead try going with “the flow”, and thus postponing to the last minute. Having an agenda is especially suitable for students and scary deadlines, but we often fail to see how planning can help us organize the week and actually opens more time for being productive, like getting a side job.
Here, we introduce you to the magic of planning in four, easy to remember steps you can implement immediately.
Ready? Let’s go:
1. Chose 1 day in the week, sit down and plan.
We can promise you, it won’t take more than 15 minutes. It is the simple action of sitting down with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning and making a list of all the things you have to do for next week.
Scary assignments for university? Write those down.
An event you have to attend that week ? Make sure you don’t forget it.
Once you’ve written down everything you have to do, life seems fun again. You can see when you have to write your assignment and you can see you have a day off, which you could devote to, for example, your job, sports, or just everything that you will not be graded on.
The main advantage of creating a weekly planner or agenda is that you can, and will manage manage your time more effectively.
2. Make planning fun – find out which method works best for you.
Planning is often requires an individual approach, as not everything works for everyone.
Some people use old-fashioned hard book calendars, others colorful post-it notes to remember deadlines.Your weekly agenda should help you plan your time. You should use the method that works best for you.
The main idea you should follow when creating your weekly agenda: make it clear and make it stick. Stick, as in stick in your head. Its like making a post-it note in your mind about everything you have to remember for that week.
If you have a tendency to forget things, make your agenda stand out somehow – use colorful pens, have fun!
3. Plan ahead of time
This is probably one of the most important rules to follow when planning. It is not only about making a weekly agenda but about thinking ahead.
Say, for example, you’ve just planned a trip for the upcoming weekend and next week you have to work at your side job but also hand in an assignment to the university. Looks like someone needs a plan!
Planning a solution:
Move some of the assignments this week so you’re not overloaded with work throughout the following week.
In the long term, you’ll see that planning ahead keeps you on track with all your responsibilities and you don’t find yourself stressing on your weekend getaway because you forgot about an upcoming deadline.
4. Remember: your agenda is not set in stone
The beauty of planning is that you’re prepared for anything. If some deadline suddenly comes up in the middle of the week, don’t stress, you’ve got this. Simply take a look at your agenda, move some things around and you’ll be on top of things in no time.
Planning just gives you an overview of your week and how it will potentially roll out, but remember – things may change.
Because of how organized you are, you can cope with anything!
Remember: Employers value organized employees!
Now you can go and implement these steps into your daily life.
Managing to plan effectively can serve to be very useful in the future. Employers value when people are organized and stay on track with all the deadlines they have. This is an ability you can put into your pitch or cover letter and it will definitely stand out.
Not only will planning help you stay on track on a weekly basis but will serve to be a useful quality for you throughout your entire professional life. And its only up you to implement it.