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!