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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
    such a great tool!
    1958 days ago
    Great idea. Thanks for blogging about it and for sharing the details about how you use it and why.
    1958 days ago
    Great idea!
    1958 days ago
    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!

    1958 days ago
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