What an incredible season summer is. For those of us whose main workload is during the school year, it can be a time of rest and adventure. But it always brings along opportunities to learn and grow. I was just sitting down to plan out my “to do’s” next week, and thought I’d share this goldmine that has been weekly planning for me.
As summer approached, I began to realize that, aside from work, I struggled to accomplish goals I set for myself, and couldn’t really figure out why. I had much more time than usual, and definitely had the energy, so why did I struggle so?
At the beginning of July, I saw a therapist to help me work through some things on my heart. It was something I had been considering for about a year, but my ideas about therapy and the kind of people who go to therapy held me back from taking that step. It was a wonderful time for me, of being able to tell my story, of being encouraged to see things from a different perspective, and to release some things that had been bound up in me. But there was one very important question she asked me that has stuck; “What is your dream?”. And I realized, I’m not quite sure yet. I thought I knew what my dream was, but what I actually knew was a laundry list of items I wanted to “check off” in life. I still don’t know what my dream is, but I have committed myself to being more organized so I can make a routine of the tasks and activities that will bring me closer to whatever that dream is (like practicing my violin, exercising, studying, and reading).
So with that, I’d like to share with you some simple ways I have organized my weeks. I know that when school starts up in a few weeks, I’ll have to budget less time for certain activities, but I hope to carry this practice throughout the school year, because it has really been life-changing for me!
- Write down a plan for the week. Include every single task you hope to accomplish for each day. Cleaning, practicing a musical instrument, running to the bank, grocery shopping, meal prepping, responding to emails, gym time, reading, going for walks, work, appointments, etc.
- Include one DIY “spa night” each week. A nice hot salt bath, a clay mask, a facial. Light a candle and some incense. Bring a book or Netflix and a square of dark chocolate with you to the bath.
- Include relationship-building activities like coffee dates, date dates, etc. I have discovered that these are extremely important to me in my single life, and have noticed that I function much better when I include as much social time as possible in my schedule.
- Plan your meals! And include a grocery trip and a meal prep day in your weekly plan! Cassy Joy Garcia’s book “Cook Once, Eat All Week” has been a timesaver for me! Each week in the book makes a whole week’s worth of lunches and dinners for one person (about 3 days worth for a couple) based on three main ingredients for under $100, and they are delicious, healthy, and varied. I highly recommend ordering her book on Amazon and putting it to good use! I’ll also be adding protein shakes to my weekly menu because I’m getting tired of cooking for myself, and love the thought of having a super easy on-the-go option.
- Invest in a cute planner. I haven’t done this yet. Right now I’m writing down my weekly plans in a plain old notebook. It works. But 2020 will be much more fun 😉
- DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE IN SOME ADVENTURES! Life is short, and the world is big!
I hope you found these tips helpful! Let me know if you put any of them to use, or if you think of something that I missed!
Have a wonderful week!