I’ve been spending a lot of time this week working on my Perfect Week. Have you ever done this exercise?
You map out what you want to be doing during the week, by category, making sure the high-priority items get on your schedule first. It helps you set priorities and creates more productivity in your days.
Then, in the future, when you need to schedule something, you see how it fits into your “perfect” week instead of letting your schedule get away from you.
Some people balk at the idea of structuring their days so completely. That’s okay — just as long as you’re clear on what you want to accomplish each week and you have a plan in place for getting it all done. And it’s important that you also have a plan for saying “no” to tasks and people who take you off track of your goals.
For me, the structure is necessary; if I leave it up to “I’ll do whichever task I feel like doing in the moment,” I don’t get all my tasks done. 🙂
I created mine in an Excel spreadsheet, but you could use any word processor, or just a paper calendar to map out yours.
Here’s a blank copy of my Excel spreadsheet so you can try this exercise for yourself! (If you don’t have Excel, you can still download the spreadsheet, then open it in a Google Drive Sheets spreadsheet.)
Here’s a blank copy in PDF format if you prefer.
I hope you find it helpful…or at least eye-opening.