Back in the days - just like most people I know of - I wasn’t really, to put it this way, productive.
Of course, I always (okay, more than not) did my most important tasks, but still… I never planned ahead, and it showed.
I never was fully relaxed because I always felt like I needed to do something.
But since I felt like I’m always doing something, I couldn’t really chill and relax, so I was feeling burnt out…
And because of this, I was like: “Okay, I feel really bad, and I NEED to relax.” So yeah, that’s what I did… for 1 or 2 days I did nothing else than just tried to chill.
Watch some series and so on.
But… my tasks didn’t complete themselves while I was on my “vacation,” so I had even more things to do when I came back.
And this cycle kept repeating itself.
That’s when I met with the next line:
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
And it really got me thinking.
Because… it turned out to be quite true in my experience.
So, I started looking for solutions, and that’s when I find that I should plan my weeks ahead.
So I did and…
My life really has changed.
I knew exactly what I needed to do each day, so… I became more productive. I did more done in less time… simply because I did one really important thing:
I planned ahead. Thought about what I needed to get done each week.
So I got more done. In less time. And… I had more time to relax.
It’s quite a win-win-win situation if you ask me. And it only took like 30 minutes each week to do. (Sometimes even less!)
If you’re interested in hearing what’s helped me, then stay right in your place and keep reading because I’m about to change your life.
Weekly Planner For The Win - AKA Why Should You Use A Printable Weekly Planner
You see what you need to do each week (duh)
Okay, this isn’t really rocket science, but it’s important. It’s really important. Sounds really simple but again: REALLY IMPORTANT. Why? Because if you don’t do this, then you can find some really unpleasant surprises in front of you.
Just like when I did when I had an exam on Tuesday… and I only thought about that on Monday night. Ahh, I don’t wish that night to anyone! So yeah, but on the other hand, if you WRITE these stuff down on your planner, then guess what…
You can start preparing way ahead! :)
You can create new habits more easily
See the next example: you want to go to the gym 3 times a week.
From the following options which one do you think is going to be more effective?
Option number 1: You don’t plan ahead. You go whenever you “feel like it.”
Option number 2: You DO plan ahead. You write down the days you’re planning to go to the gym. It’s on your list.
Yeah, of course, it’s option number 2.
Because in option number 1, you keep every choice for your “future self.” And that person isn’t always the most reliable one.
For example, see the next: It’s Monday. In the morning you’re like: “I’ll go to the gym later… right now I need to do a lot of things.” Then the evening comes, and you think: “I’m really tired now! I’ll just go tomorrow and then Wednesday and then… maybe Friday?”
The next day comes. And *bamm* you realize, you planned a whole day with your friends. “Okay, it’s no problem.” - you think to yourself. “I’ll just go Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
And as each day comes… you find a new and a new excuse. And then you find yourself on Sunday… with 0 workouts done. And you’re all like: “I’ll change this next week!”
Then the next week comes, and the cycle keeps repeating itself.
Of course, this can be true to any other habit as well!
So if you feel like you always want to go to the gym (or do any other habit), then keep in your mind Option number 2.
Because in this option, even before you wake up, you know you’re going to do that thing in the back of your mind. You don’t need to think about it. And on every Saturday you realize… “Wow, I really went 3 times this week. And… it didn’t really take that much energy.”
This is because do you know what really absorbs the most energy (in most cases)? Thinking about what you want to do. Doing it is really easy after a while.
(Trust me, I say these as a life-long overthinker.)
Wooow, this point was really long… but it was really important as well.
You can manage your time better.
See the point before for an example: If you want to work out 3 times a week, but you have planned your Tuesday to meet up with your friends, then you can just easily pick another day to go to the gym.
But, on the other hand, if you didn’t plan ahead, then you’re only going to realize this on Monday night, and then you need to think when is it going to be the best to go to the gym instead of Tuesday… I know, it doesn’t seem as much energy, but if you need to do this every night with every little habit you have and with every important task you need to do…
… well, you can see that it can be quite a lot sometimes.
You can prepare ahead.
Just a really quick point because we’ve touched this one before… if you know something important comes up, then you can get ready for it in time. Again, it seems like a little thing but trust me… It’s a life-saver.
Knowing Your Priorities Makes Your Life Better
Okay, now you know WHY you need to do a weekly planner.
But let’s talk a little bit about HOW you should do it.
So, if you ask me, I’m more like a “less is more” kind of person, so here are my 2 cents:
Start with listing out your priorities and the most important tasks you need to get done each day and find a day for each one.
After you’re done, see the second most important things… and again, write them down to each day.
And do this until you’re done with everything you want to do.
And now, the most important thing:
HOW To Make The World’s Most Beautiful Printable Weekly Planner?
Okay, I might be a little biased at this point, but I don’t care.
I want you to have the most fun while you’re planning your weeks, so let’s go.
Use a pocket printer.
To be more exact: A PoooliPrinter.
Because with these, you’ll not only just write down what you want to do… but actually 1) print these out (so they’ll look better!) 2) print little figures, to-do lists, or even cute drawings out that’ll make you fall in love with your weekly planner…
… so doing these tasks (and doing your weekly planner) will go from a boring activity to one of your favorite things.
Really just take a look at how awesome these printable weekly planners can look:
Okay, now I think there’s nothing left, then to go ahead and do your first printable weekly planner… and get ready to change your life for the better. ;)