Sunday morning has become the most important part of my week. One hour in particular will determine whether my week is going to be an amorphous blob of undo-ability, or a precision strike on my to-do list. For the past few months, I’ve decided to take an hour early on and look at the week gone by and the week to come.
- 1. Review of tasks done over the past week. Are there any ideas that came out of them that I can use? Was anything on there a waste of time or money? Should it go on the “don’t do that again list?”
- 2. Review of tasks not done (that should have been done). Why did they fall off? Was I bad at scheduling them? Was there an external factor? Should they be rescheduled or deleted?
- 3. Plan my train time. I have 80 minutes of commuting most days – 40 there and 40 back. Planning this time has become crucial to me having a good week. Examples – read book X; write proposal Y; listen to audiobook Z. I have found that trying to decide this on the day wastes at least 15 minutes of back and forth, so mapping it out ahead of time removes the friction
- 4. Review all current project status. Is there anything that needs to be done to move these forward.
Important: This is not the time to DO anything.
It’s just time to review and make decisions about what comes next. This is probably one of the hardest parts – resisting the urge to just jump in do things right then and there. The problem with this, is I will then not get through all of the pending outcomes. Taking time to think about my stuff is in this instance more import than actually doing my stuff.
- 5. Plan out the menu for the week. I have a 14 day breakfast and lunch calendar at work, so I already know what to order way ahead of time. Now I am going to start planning dinner time with Kat, to avoid the dreaded “what should we eat; what do you want to eat; what are you in the mood for” conversation that has us spinning our wheels at least twice a week.
What are some of the things you do that help you get through your week with your sanity intact?