It’s Sunday night and the work week is looming over you. You may be feeling a bit of unease or overwhelmed at all of the work you see that is ahead of you. To get a jump on things and improve your productivity and your outlook and bring a more positive attitude, planning your week can be a big help.
It will enable you to set goals that you can reach and help you figure out how you want to allocate your time. When planning for the week, you are writing down all of the activities, tasks, and events that will occupy the whole week. It may help you bring a greater sense of control to your life and reduce stress.
Weekly planning is in some ways similar to a daily plan, but they are not the same. With the daily plan, you are usually establishing specific times for each of your tasks, but the focus of a weekly plan is setting up and achieving short term goals. It can help you reach your long-term goals as well.
A weekly plan can be an effective way to help you reach your long-term goals. Because these goals are often more general and without any specific time frame, they often get lost in the activities and demands of daily work life.
But a weekly plan enables you to break down those longer term goals into smaller, more manageable objectives, ones that are more easily achieved. As a result, each week will then help to bring you a little bit closer to the larger goals you have for yourself.
You can also use your weekly plan to develop an exercise routine. Health experts recommend that people should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous aerobic exercise each week. Setting up these weekly goals will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and you can also include goals for mental wellness during the week, activities that you can fit into your weekly routine.
One of these activities, for example, is deep breathing exercises. Taking deep breaths can help you to relieve stress because it slows down your heart rate and can help bring a calming influence. So you can slip reminders into your weekly plan to do some deep breathing before any stressful tasks, such as giving a presentation.
Mindfulness or meditation is another great way to help improve your mood and reduce stress, and you can do the same thing with this activity as you do with the deep breathing exercises, incorporating it into your weekly schedule, even if just a few minutes at a time.