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    ELIZABETHDS   23,443
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How I Plan My Week

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I have one magic planning tool besides spark: a big whiteboard.

At the top of my whiteboard, I have a column for each day of the week (SMTWRFS, it says, probably permanently now.) In each column, I jot down my planned workouts and any other obligations of which I'm aware for that day aside from the usual office routine. I keep this REALLY simple to ensure that I keep up with it - for instance, my column for tomorrow says "2Z, y, tab" to indicate that I'm going to 2 zumba classes, doing yoga, and hoping to fit in a tabata workout.

On the lower half of the whiteboard I keep a list of anything that is on the second tier of priorities - things that I'd like to get done sometime soon if I have time. They're usually not fitness related, but the system works for other things, too :)

Thanks to the whiteboard, I can see at a glance what's coming and what I've already done, which allows me to feel awesome about my accomplishments and prepare for whatever tomorrow holds. The flexibility of easy erasure means that I am always current with my plans and can easily shuffle things from day to day during the week if plans change. (I've kept up with it for more than a year so far.)

Sunday night is when I switch over to the new week's plan. Before I erase last week's accomplishments, I take a look back to assess what didn't work. When I was I overscheduled? When was I too tired? When was it too hard to fight traffic getting from A to B? When do I need to bring yet another snack?

The review is important for improvement - I'll also look back at my spark logs to see when I was over/under and assess whether or not I need to make any changes based on that data as well. I don't mind making mistakes but I try not to repeat them when I can avoid it :)

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start, planned or unplanned!
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HHB4181 1/14/2013 1:51PM

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such a great tool!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/14/2013 7:45AM

    Great idea. Thanks for blogging about it and for sharing the details about how you use it and why.

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MYOWNHERO 1/13/2013 9:06PM

    Great idea!

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CLMANCHESTER 1/13/2013 9:01PM

    I use Google Calendar. It's portable and because I share it with my family members, they always know when I'm at the gym, what is for dinner, etc.

I find careful planning the key to my success too!

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