How To Plan For A Productive Week

It’s a new week. It’s a new start. 7 days to achieve your goals & have an extremely productive week. It’s hard to “wing it” & have a productive week. If you don’t schedule your time & have a to-do list, it’s easy to choose Netflix or watching television over working on your goals. If you plan your week & begin on your to-do list on Sunday, then you will be more likely to have a productive week. Keep reading to learn a step-by-step guide for planning for a productive week.

Step By Step Guide On How To Plan For A Productive Week. Includes Visualization Tips, To-Do List Tips, & More For Your Most Productive Week Yet.

Before You Plan, Get Your Mind In The Right Headspace

Before actually planning out my weekly to-do list, I like to read an inspirational book or blog post, watch an inspirational YouTube video, or listen to an inspirational podcast. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Project Life Mastery. After watching one YouTube video of Stephan’s, I’m ready to have a productive week.

Light A Candle, Put On Some Music & Make Your Space Comfortable

If you play some music (I love listening to the spotify playlist “Brain Food” while planning my to-do list), light a candle & get comfy on your bed with a soft blanket, then you will look forward to planning your week every single day. If planning for your week is not a fun activity for you, then you will be less likely to plan your week every single week. I recommend lighting a great smelling candle & getting comfortable.

Make A List Of Everything That You Would Like To Do This Week

This is what I like to call a “brain dump.” Write down everything that is on your mind & that you would like to achieve during the week. My lists normally consist of my work outs, what I would like to eat that week, my blogging promotional + writing schedule, miscellaneous tasks, & things that I would like to do before or after work.

Take A Look At Your Monthly & Long Term Goals – Make A List Of Tasks That You Can Do This Week To Make You One Step Closer To Achieving These Goals

After making a list of things that I need to do during the week, I take a look at my monthly & long term goals. Take a couple of minutes to visualize what you can do this week to make you one step closer to achieving these goals. Then write a list of the things that you visualized. For example, one of my goals is to achieve 100,000 page views a month on my blog. I add “work on my Pinterest strategy” on my list because I know that is one tasks that I can do to increase my page views.

Prioritize Your To-Do Lists

What needs to be done right away? What tasks can wait? I like to put a number next to the tasks on my to-do lists with the priority level. If something needs to be done right away, I will put a number 1 next to the task. If something can be done later on in the week, I put a 6 or 7 next to the task. If something is a recurring task that happens every single day, then I don’t put a number next to it.

Grab Your Bullet Journal Or Planner

Now it’s time to plan out what tasks you will be doing each day during the week. I like to put all of my #1 priority tasks on Monday’s to do list, then #2 on Tuesday’s to do list, & so on. This strategy of planning out my week ensures that I am doing the most important things that need to get done in the beginning of the week. Once you have everything that you want to do & the tasks to help you get one step closer to your week in your planner or bullet journal, then you are ready for a great, productive week.

Bonus tip: If you want to take this planning to the next level, schedule time in your phone for each task. If you block out time for each task & you set a reminder on your phone, then you will be even more likely to finish the task. This will also keep you extremely efficient. It is like setting a deadline for yourself. If you only have writing planned for 2 hours during your day & you need to finish 3 blog posts, then you will be more likely to focus & write the blog posts during the allocated time period, instead of taking breaks for social media. This is because you have a certain time that you need the blog posts to be finished.

What do you have planned on your to-do list for this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. October 16, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I got a new planner for my birthday and immediately put that thing to work! I love having a routine and getting my mind ready for the week ahead. It;s been quite a game changer not having to rush last minute to be doing a thing and actually having a plan and getting things done!

    • lifestylebystephanieroth
      October 21, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Yes! The best feeling is using a new planner. Keep at it, girl!

  2. October 16, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Ohh!!! Checking out that Spotify playlist. Great tips! My planner has been my best friend lately.

    • lifestylebystephanieroth
      October 21, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Yes! Let me know if you like the playlist! 🙂

  3. October 17, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Great tips, Stephanie. I especially like the one about being in the right headspace. I like to block out some time on Sundays for this and like to “get in the mood” by reading some blogs or personal development books!

    • lifestylebystephanieroth
      October 21, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Yes! Sunday’s are my power days to get in the productive mood as well. It’s a great day to get inspired!

  4. October 17, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I really need to do this! Thanks for the helpful tips.

  5. October 23, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Awesome tips Stephanie! This post inspired me to make my own post on how to be productive 🙂

  6. October 24, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I’m a huge proponent of scheduling your time instead of making to-do lists! It’s helped me actually accomplish my goals this year.

  7. October 28, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Totally agree with all these tips! I’ve neglected my bullet journal this month and I feel like it’s made me feel lost and confused lol. I just got super busy with my blog and work that I didn’t take the time to plan out my weeks. Which sucks because I really do enjoy planning too! Last month I actually starting using the bullet journal to just write daily and/or weekly to do lists and that really helped me keep track of everything I needed to accomplish. So basically weekly brain dumps like you mentioned 🙂 Thanks for the actionable tips!

    Dee //

  8. February 10, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever planned my week that calmly! It’s always a rushed process for me, even when I’m not in crisis mode. Maybe I need to re-think my strategy…

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