How To Plan Your Week In 20 Minutes

by Ron Haynes

homebuilding Can you imagine building a home without a set of blueprints? Sure, you’d get something done, but it wouldn’t be well planned. You would probably get some walls constructed and would put a roof on it. You would get some sort of house, but it might not look anything like what you really wanted.

Building a home without a blueprint is a great metaphor for managing your time. Without a well thought out plan for your time, you will get some things done, but you might not get exactly what you wanted.

So, how can we plan our week to accomplish what we want and need to accomplish. How can we manage our time to achieve its best use? How can we get things done so that we and our boss are happy with the results?

Ask 5 quick questions:

  1. What are your goals for the week (what is important)? 4 minutes
  2. What opportunities are available to achieve those goals (are these goals even achievable this week)? 3 minutes
  3. What actions will you need to take to achieve these goals? 6 minutes
  4. What amount of time will you need to get these things done? 4 minutes
  5. Does your day planner schedule have enough room in it? 3 minutes

Does this work? You bet! I use this little system often and when I do, it makes for a week full of achievement and accomplishment. If I get too “busy” to plan my week, when Friday rolls around I usually wonder what I accomplished that week … and I usually can’t remember!

Caution: don’t overload your schedule. Make certain to leave some time for unexpected events and “emergency meetings.”

Don’t deviate from the time constraints

Usually your best answers to the 5 questions are the ones that first pop into your head. Go with your first hunch but don’t be concerned if you have to re-boot and start over by Wednesday. You probably got through your list! If that’s the case, start a new list.


About the author

Ron Haynes has written 1000 articles on The Wisdom Journal.

The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.

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Credit Girl

I think time management is essential to success because it allows for you to get most things if not everything done in an orderly manner. It will definitely help to keep you on top of your game.

Andrew @ Financial Services

Time management is one of the key factors in one’s success. The reason is that time is very important and wise use of it will contribute immensely to anyone’s success. I always try to organize things up a month earlier to avoid overlapping schedules. Just a rough list should be fine. Although there are unexpected situations that may arise, the thing is that you are setting goal and you have a guide on what you’ll be doing for a month.

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