If you want to be more efficient in managing your everyday chores, create a weekly schedule. This schedule will serve as your guide as you go along with your day to day tasks. Seeing your week in a whole spread of paper will motivate you to work harder and be more productive because you are able to keep track of your accomplishments.
A weekly schedule is for everyone. Students, working parents, career people and even stay at home moms can definitely make use of this system. Follow these guidelines when making your weekly schedule.
- Lay out the design of your weekly schedule. You may download a ready to use template from the internet. Once downloaded, type in your schedule while you leave some blank spaces for later adjustments. Next, print the page. You may also use a planner book which is available in bookstores or gift shops. Or if you prefer it your way, you can make your own format on a clean sheet of paper.
- Write down first the usual things you do everyday such as tennis game, gym practice, church duties, morning walk, house cleaning, weekly meeting, and so on.
- Next, fill up each day with previously scheduled activities and appointments. You need to be precise at this point by indicating the time of each meeting. Make sure that your time allotment for each appointment is realistic. For instance, a business meeting may take longer than you anticipate it to be, so don’t accept invitations that you think might overlap with the time set for such meet up. Thirty minutes is too short when discussing business matters hence your next schedule should come at least one to two hours after.
- Take your travel time into consideration. There are days when you are just too busy that you have to literally hop from one appointment to another. In this case you have to be practical. If you work in the city and you are booked for five consecutive meetings during the day, it will be wise for you to decline invites in the distant suburbs towards afternoon, as chances are, you won’t be able to make it once you get caught with the rush hour.
- Don’t forget to include household tasks and your personal grooming routine in your schedule. You may find it funny but it is true – the mere brushing of your teeth already consumes 5 to 10 minutes of your time! Think too, how long it takes for you to bring out the trash, make your bed and put away the dishes. Each move you make is clocked every minute.
- Adjust your weekly schedule as you move along. If a meeting is canceled along the way, insert other pending work, postponed dates or even your hobbies for those called off schedules.
- Use colored markers on your weekly schedule for easy distinction. You may color code your activities for the day to separate the done tasks and the unfinished ones.
Your weekly schedule gives you a bird’s eye view of your life for the whole week. However you have to be consistent in planning your schedule. Once done with one whole week schedule, construct another one for the following week.