Starting the work week can always be a daunting time leading out of perhaps a relaxing weekend. However, preparing for the week is a crucial part of ensuring you are able to focus on tasks that are most important to you and your colleagues. Some of the top business leaders across many organisations spend as little as 30 minutes to plan ahead so that they can determine the priorities and goals for the week.
We have put together six popular ways to plan your work week so that you can focus on what's most important.
Decide on a character development goal for the week
Decide on one area which you need to focus on. Here are some examples: Give encouragement, being decisive, improve punctuality, remove procrastination, practice positivity. Pick a character development goal that is measurable so that you can assess it at the end of the week.
Mental list to written list
Most people start to think about their activities for the week on a Sunday! Before you start your work on Monday morning, write down all the activities / ideas and begin to detail their priority, effort, and time required to complete each task. This will not only reduce your brain capacity but also give you a clear picture of what is most pressing and impactful as well identifying tasks that are relatively quick to complete.
Review your prior weeks actions using your calendar
It’s a common to look at the calendar for the week ahead, however, your past week can give you information on which tasks require follow up. Identify any meetings to follow up and close the loop on any outstanding action items that may have been missed last week.
Missing email replies
Sent emails can also easily get lost in the abyss and it’s common for people to forget following up. Keep a written list of follow ups so that you are kept aware through the week of any missing email responses.
Allocate specific days for specific tasks
It’s so easy to muddy up work through the work week however we recommend compartmentalising certain work days to focus on a specific task. Some of the highest performing companies have a “no meetings day" policy so that their employees can focus on delivering actual work. Try to redistribute calls in the week so that you can allow one day with minimal to zero meetings. This will enable you to focus on deliverables and continue to check off your to do list.
Set time for breaks
It’s easy to forget the boundaries between work and rest when you are living the WFH lifestyle. Use calendar entries to block out time for a break so that you can rest, collect your thoughts, and return with a fresh mind.
We hope you found these tips helpful! Comment on this post and let us know other ways you plan your work week!
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