Step Seven: Weekly Plan

The key to all of this?  Keep breaking down.  Last month we talked about creating your 90 Day Plan and then chunking that down until you created your 30 Day Plan.  Now we want to take it from a month down to a week.

Enter the Weekly Plan!

Now this is where you have to take yourself into account.  You know better than anyone how you work best.  Some people want everything to be digitized.  Some want everything on a massive calendar wall or white board.  Some still carry around a physical planner.

I’m a nerd, so–shocker here–I do a combination of all three.

There is no rule that says you have to organize your week the way I do.  You’ll have more success when you find a system that works for you.  Either way, the principles for giving yourself weekly goals are the same:

  1. Look at your 30 Day Plan
  2. Break them down into weekly tasks/goals

At this point, goals and to do’s become one and the same.  The goals you have given yourself need to be translated into doable tasks.  So take your 30 Day Plan in your hand.  Now here are a couple of ways you can break these down:

Option One: Create a Reward System for Yourself

Some people work better with positive reinforcement.  And some work better when you are competing with yourself.  At one point in time, this was me.  I was the kid who loved to see the row of gold stars by my name in school.  And I was the adult who delighted in buying a favorite bottle of wine at the end of the week when I completed all of my goals and tasks.  Use your imagination and create a type of reward system for yourself, but more importantly, a way to track it.  Here’s an example of an older Weekly Goals sheet I used when I was tallying the points.  I created a template for myself that I would adjust each week depending on my goals.  I would then print out the updated sheet each Sunday and tally up the points throughout the week. (Feel free to take my sheet and run with it, making it yours) The idea here is to list all of your tasks and goals and to assign a point value to them.  For example, if you want to drink 3 liters of water each day for better health, give yourself a point each day you hit your target.  The Points Possible for the week would be 7.  You can get your hydrated bottom that you’ll strive to get those 7 points each week because of the reward you plan to give yourself if you do.

Option Two: List them Out

In whatever fashion you prefer (in a planner, four separate sheets of paper, an app on your phone, etc.) simply list out the goals/to do’s you want to accomplish over the week.  For example, here’s our 30 Day Plan (with the examples we’ve been using the last couple of months) broken down into four weekly checklists of goals.  If you are a list person, it will be super satisfying to cross each of these off your list until you have nothing left at the end of the week.

Option Three: Schedule

Some people live and die by their calendars.  If that’s you then scheduling your goals and tasks will be the way to go here. For example, if you have a goal to write every day then picking and blocking out a time on your calendar would be the way to go.  Or if you want to prep all your meals on Sunday so you can have them ready to go throughout the week, mark a time on your calendar for that. Schedule your workouts.  Batch a large chunk of time for a project you are working on (like launching a website or creating a brand).  Give every goal and to do a time and date.

Happy planning!

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