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Want to be extra productive this week? Super! Here are 5 simple tips to plan a productive week + printable weekly planner template
5 Simple steps to plan an extra productive week
You can use my template that you can download at the end of this post, or use your planner or bullet journal to implement these steps.
1. Start with the 3 goals
Start planning your week with setting 1-3 mini goals. A mini-goal is something bigger you want to achieve during the week.
It could be finishing a project, or starting a project. It could be decluttering your garage or spring cleaning your house.
Think of some bigger task with a realistic timeframe. Don’t set a goal that would take you 3-6 months to achieve. And don’t set your goal to be too small of a task. It won’t motivate you enough either way.
Goal setting is a skill that you’ll come better and better with once you start and keep on doing it.
2. Plan and focus on tasks that’ll help you achieve your mini-goals
Plan and focus on tasks that’ll help you achieve your mini-goals.
Don’t write everything. Write the most important things. It’s better to have a few things you want to do each day and sometimes it’s enough that you finish one a bit bigger task.
Stay focused! And write your to-do list (and your to-don’t list) on another paper.
When I plan my weeks I set 1-3 main mini-goals I want to achieve and then I think backwards the steps I need to do to achieve that goal.
Let’s say that you want to declutter your garage.
And you want to do it by Saturday because you have some fun plans and on Sunday you want to take it easy.
So that leaves you 5 days to do this task.
Is it doable during those 5 days? How much time can you block to execute your plan? Do you need help from someone to lift things? What are the smaller action steps you need to do to get the garage clutter-free?
When you know your action steps, add those to your planner.
3. Track your daily habits
Have a mini weekly habit tracker where you can track your daily habits.
Think about those small steps you need to take each day that bring you energy or you want to accomplish. Have those incorporated to your weekly plan.
If you’d like some ideas what you could track daily, check out this post: 40+ ideas to track in your daily habit tracker.
4. Plan ahead the meals/dinners for the whole week
Don’t spend your precious time thinking “what’s for dinner”. Plan your meals ahead.
Want to start meal planning? Read this post: Super Simple Meal Planning Method – how to start meal planning the easy way.
And print out cute meal planning post-it notes! You can check the templates I’ve made from this post: How to print cute meal planning Post-it notes
5. Motivate and reward yourself
These are the three things that always help me stay motivated and might boost your motivation as well:
- Have your long-term goals/vision written down and placed somewhere you can see them
- Write down an inspiring quote or affirmation related to the goal you want to achieve this week – and start your day by reading it and return back to it whenever you need a little motivation
- Reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – but something small that makes you feel you accomplished something and that you deserve a little treat.
How to use the printable weekly planner template to plan a productive week
Here’s more detailed information about the weekly planner template and ideas on how to use it.
The reason I made this kind of template – and why I want to share it with you – is that it always helps me to have a single page somewhere easy to reach that has only the most important tasks on it.
It’s so easy to get distracted so having your goals, your most important tasks and appointments somewhere you can take a look at them without scattering your focus is a must when you want to increase your productivity.
And to have your tasks in line with your mini-goals help you get to where you want to be much faster.
The Weekly Planner Template includes:
– space to write down your focus or tasks for each day
– space to plan meals or other daily schedule ahead (template #1) or space to add a Post-it note (template #2)
– a box to write down the 3 goals you’ll want to achieve that week
– a box for inspiration where you can write a quote or what ever inspires you that week
– a box for dailies – the things you want to do and track daily or multiple times a week. It’s like mini habit tracker.
It’s important to take a little time to really think which things matter and need to be done. As well as take an honest look of the things that you can postpone or even add to your not-to-do list. And a little inspiration and small rewards can help you boost your motivation.
This weekly list can come handy if you want to get more productive.
You can print as many of these weekly planner templates as you need. You can use them as-is (I have one on a clip board on my desk). Or you can add it to your letter size planner or binder or resize it to fit any planner or bullet journal.
I hope these printables will simplify your life and help you be extra productive!
Materials you’ll need
- Printer – I have this HP printer that I absolutely love.
- Paper – I use this HP Premium 32 paper for most of my printables.
- Cute pens to write – I lovelovelove these Stabilo Mini Pens.
If you need to resize the printable:
Download weekly planner template
You can download these templates by clicking the ‘download’ link under the images.
The first template comes with a space to plan and write down your meal plan/dinner plans and the second one has a place to add a Post-It note.
The printables (of course) come without the big bow logo.