ORGANISING YOUR WEEK FOR ULTIMATE PRODUCTIVITY

 

Having a diary works wonders for my life, in all ways. It keeps me organised, feeling in control, and lets me be as productive as I possibly can! I wanted to chat today about how I plan my week, incase you were interested in starting a diary too, especially if your a lover of routine like myself! Lets get into it..

 

ESSENTIALS

First up, we have the essentials. These are things like lunch, dinner, work, sleep! The stuff we need to do, and also the things we have to do. Other tasks like doing the food shopping and paying bills also comes into play here, so make sure you schedule those in too.

 

DOWN-TIME/WELL-BEING

Also just as important, is your down-time. Time to rest, relax and re-charge. Make sure you include at least 2-3 times this week where you are doing something for your own health. That could be having an early night, a pamper routine, or taking yourself on a solo cinema date- anything that will benefit your physical or emotional well-being.

 

PLAY

The fun part, right? An afternoon writing blog posts (or maybe the afternoon off?), a coffee and cake with a friend, or cooking dinner for a loved one. We all need a bit of fun in our lives, so lets go out there and make it happen. My fun comes in lots of areas, my yoga class, family time, baking, even just going out for a meal with Dan. They keep me happy.

 

BLANK SPACE

It’s necessary to leave some blank spaces in our lives, and diaries, incase anything surprising pops up. I like to leave one or two evenings free a week just so that if we want to be spontaneous, we can be!

 

 

Top Tips:

  • Always have something to look forward to, it keeps you feeling positive.
  • Plan your days in advance by at least 3 days. That should be enough time so you don’t feel overwhelmed, or frantic and unorganised.
  • Share your calendars with the important people in your life so everyone is connected!
  • Try bullet journalling and get doodling!
  • Organise some time each day to look at your diary for the days ahead so you feel in the loop.
  • Treat yourself to some personalised stationary and make it pretty.

    Do you plan out your week? Does it look different to how I do it?

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  • These are really great tips Natalie! I especially agree with leaving a few days empty every week – I have a tendency to sometimes book something for every day and it can be SO exhausting! Plus, like you said, it leaves no space for spontaneity. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • NatalieLeanne

      If I have too much in every single day I can easily start to feel overwhelmed and on the road to burnout!

  • Amy Eade

    I really want to start bullet journaling, it looks so much fun and I do love lists! I’ve just made the decision to start scheduling in me time as it’s so important and I always end up missing it out!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s so important to prioritise it!

  • Great tips Natalie! I’m definitely in need of these at the moment as I’m feeling so unproductive. I really like the idea of scheduling in the things you have to do like eating etc.. that’s something I never do and end of doing it on the go a lot of the time! X

    • NatalieLeanne

      I just love having a routine! Even if some days it doesn’t go to plan you can always start again the next day 🙂

  • Shannon

    Great advice! I find that when I schedule out my time well I am so much more productive and less stressed.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      I find it so helpful! It’s also good to have it to look forward to, isn’t it? 🙂