We do things in life on certain days of the week because it makes sense, but what happens when it doesn’t make sense for you? Planning on Sundays may be one of those things for me. It didn’t matter that I scheduled it in every Sunday, I just didn’t have time to do it.
It takes a bit of time to plan well. 30 to 40 minutes usually. And unlike many tasks I find planning needs to be done in a block of uninterrupted time. So what was happening? I would find myself on Monday or Tuesday afternoon or evening finally finding that block of time which meant I wasn’t working to a plan in the beginning of the week most weeks. Instead I was working from memory or worse, forgetting stuff, because my plan wasn’t written down.
This week I decided I should plan earlier. I am using the HB90 Method for my weekly planning. I’ve been using it for about five months and am in the second quarter since starting it. I’ve been struggling but I think I’ve figured out why. I always do the weekly review before I plan the next week. It makes sense, review the previous week before planning the next. But Sundays are busy and I don’t usually have time to do it so it gets pushed to Monday or Tuesday or a couple of times, Wednesday. This is not good.
This week I decided I could plan the next week before doing the review. I looked through the review to get a feel for what I might not complete and would need to continue with and what next steps I would have on my plate. And it worked. I planned the week ahead and I have a solid plan in place. I feel like I can focus and use the hours I have this weekend to focus on my writing and family stuff and I can start the week right. All because I decided I didn’t need to do it like everyone else. What are you doing on a certain day that isn’t working for you?