I’ve decided that I need to work on getting a bit more organized in my life in general. Every once in a while I’ve posted a to-do list (like here or here) on my blog when I’ve felt like my schedule or to-do list is out of control and I need some external support and accountability. Those weeks mostly work out to be much more productive… I don’t know if I need to write a list on my blog each week, but I’ve come up with a three part plan to get myself organized:
- My Sunday Plan
- My Evening To-Do List
- My Morning Schedule
Today I’ll talk about #1, and hopefully I’ll be able to post about #2 and #3 later this week. I’m sure some of you will wonder that I need to actually think about these things, not everyone needs to… but I love lists, and schedules, and my brain seems to require them in order to be the most productive, so bear with me as I go through this process.
So, I have created a Sunday evening plan for myself. Somewhere in my organizing internet adventures, I stumbled across this post on the Sunday Basket. I have not purchased the ebook, but I’ve read some of the posts and I’ve adapted the idea for me.
I generally am busy. I like it that way. I love being social and doing fun things with my friends and family, and I love being active and playing sports. But, with all that going on, sometimes I get overwhelmed with my regular “To-Do” items, and things can get a little messy. I think getting a good idea of what the week ahead holds will really help me plan my time better.
My Sunday evening plan will consist of doing five things:
- Take a good look at calendar for the week. Make sure that the wall calendar is updated. Check with the fiance on any tentative plans or plans that require coordination.
- Determine what are the “must dos” on the list for this week. Make a realistic to do list based on free time for each day, making sure not to over schedule or get overly ambitious. (That’s just a recipe for failure.)
- Make a list for each day of what I need for that day’s activities, the things I need to remember to take to work, etc.
- Plan the meals for the week, including lunches, and make a shopping list. (Depending on the week, and the lunch situation for Monday, I may be required to shop on Sunday evening, or I might be able to delay until Monday after work…)
- Review expenses from the previous week and look at upcoming expenses for this week. This shouldn’t really take long, but it’s a good thing to review the status of the budget.
I don’t think it is too ambitious of a plan for a Sunday. And I think that if I can stick with it, and make it a habit, it will really really help make me more organized and productive each week.
I started this plan tonight. I sat down and did each of the five things on the list. I feel very organized and ready for the week ahead. Fingers crossed it actually works… I’ll let you know.
What do you think? Am I missing anything? Am I doing too much? Do you have a Sunday plan or a weekly check-in?