A new week is a new beginning. So, how do we plan for weekly success when we’re up to eyeballs in current, unplanned failures?
“If your plate is full, you’re eating too much,” a friend from Europe told me. She used the plate example to make me remember a conversation about how Americans eat versus how Europeans eat.
In America, our portion sizes are much larger than those in other countries. We often value quantity over quality. But, if you think about fine dining the portions are often smaller, containing higher quality ingredients.
In other words, my friend cautioned me to reevaluate where I was spending my time. My full plate of busy work had me tired, unfocused and unable to accomplish my goals.
When you reevaluate, ask yourself these questions for each of your tasks/commitments:
- How much (money, time, energy) is this costing me?
- Is it worth it?
- What are the long/short-term benefits?
- Can I delegate?
- Does this move me towards my goals (faith, family, career/education, community, fitness)?
After you’ve reevaluated your commitments, make the necessary adjustments.
- Communicate when you decide to remove an activity/commitment from your schedule.
- When you delegate a task, offer clear, concise instruction and be available to answer questions.
Write it Down
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18
Writing your plan is not only biblical but it is practical. Most successful businesses have business or marketing plans. When a couple is pregnant, they are encouraged to write a birth plan.
Having a plan allows you to visualize where you will allocate time, money and other resources. A calendar or planner can help you keep your goals, appointments and other tasks in one location.
Think of planning for the week like planning to leave home each morning. Daily, you know that you need to handle personal hygiene, get dressed, eat breakfast, make provisions for lunch, grab your purse and car keys.
Being prepared for the week can be as simple as writing a list of things you need to buy, wear and make for the week. On the weekend:
- Buy: groceries, personal hygiene items, hosiery and gifts
- Prepare: meals, daily outfits, and workout bag
- Organize/Clean: bills, entryway, documents, donations
Commit + Execute
Executing your plan is just as, if not more, important than the plan. To execute the plan, you must commit to it.
Commitment requires self-management so that you can be an active participant in your life.