As women, we often find ourselves juggling tasks on a daily basis. From organising the kids for school to paying the bills, it can be easy to forget or find yourself struggling to keep up. You are not alone in feeling this way. Thousands of women around the world are continuously finding themselves struggling or unable to cope. Luckily, we have found that planning your weeks ahead of time can assist in alleviating some of that stress.
Taking 10-15 minutes at the beginning of your week to physically write and layout your weekly plan helps cement the important tasks in your head. The act of writing the tasks on paper has been proven to improve your capacity to remember and recall said tasks. Not only does it aid in memory, but it can be easier to organise your time and priorities if all your tasks are laid out in front of you. With everything in one place, it becomes simpler to visualise your workloads on given days.
We can all see the benefits to your time management and organisation quite clearly but there are other mental benefits to weekly planning. We all have our own long-term goals of things we want to achieve. Maybe you want to start up your own business or maybe you are saving to move into a new house. Whatever that long term goal is, it can help you mentally and physically to plan just one thing each week that will actively take you one step closer to that goal. For example: if you are wanting to start your own business, maybe you plan one hour that week to step aside and research competitors or plan out a rough mind map of your ideas. By planning this goal just one week at a time can relieve so much pressure and anxiety as these goals, as much as they may be our dreams, can feel overwhelming at times with their workload.
On the topic of set aside time for your goals, you can use a weekly planner to set aside time to care for yourself, whether that’s watching new episodes of your favourite show, pampering yourself at a spa, doing an activity you love, etc. Planning time to love yourself can often fall by the wayside, causing you to have your stress build up overt time. By making sure you care for yourself, you are making sure you take your best self forward into the world.
Using a weekly planner isn’t just about the satisfaction of crossing off a completed task or managing your time. It lessens any stress in a way that helps you be the best person you can be.