If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. -Benjamin Franklin
Picture this: it’s the end of the week, Netflix is calling your name (maybe a bottle of wine is as well, who am I to judge?) and you can’t wait to get into pyjamas and call it a day.
In the back of your mind, you know you should probably put a plan in place for next week, but it’s been super stressful and you just want to chill.
Let’s assume you do just chill. Before you know it, it’s Sunday night, and you can’t stop tossing and turning, wondering what the week ahead is going to throw at you. Even if you get a couple of hours of sleep, you possibly wake up a few times thinking about something important you need to take care of this week. And then you can’t shut your brain off. You finally sink into a deep sleep right before your alarm goes off.
I’ve been there, so I feel your pain.
And then I finally discovered that simply doing a “brain-dump” at the end of my week, in preparation of the following week, allowed me to sleep like a rock.
Each Friday afternoon, I make a list of tasks I need to complete for the following week. It doesn’t matter how large or small the task, I write it down. I don’t want these things keeping me awake at night. The more information and tasks I can get on paper, the better I sleep at night. It pays to have a plan!
But it doesn’t stop there.
On Monday morning, it’s time to begin crossing things off of that list.
There are several options to plan this list. You could:
- Work according to client
- Work according to like-tasks
- Do the sames tasks on each day every week
- Complete a task according to the time frame you have available at the time
Some people start with a piece of a large task first, to get it out of the way. Everyone works differently, but I believe that doing something small will put you in an optimistic frame of mind to complete the rest of your list.
Spend some time each Friday afternoon to plan out your to-do list for the following week. You will not only worry less, but you’ll also sleep much better.