5 Benefits of Organising Your Life One Week at A Time
Posted by Gavin Tan on
Choosing the wrong method of organisation can leave you overwhelmed and lost. Daily planners can be too detail-oriented for some, and monthly planners may be too far-fetched for others. If you relate to these issues, then a weekly planner is the perfect organisation tool for you!
A weekly planner allows busy bees to create short-term plans for a particular week and offers a bird’s eye view of the tasks you have for the week – you get to see everything at once, so it’s easier to plan out your time and not get overwhelmed.
If you’re wondering what else a weekly planner can do for you, we’ve compiled a list of benefits to organising your life one week at a time. Read on to find out!
Promotes work-life balance
Work-life balance is a concept that many companies are slowly beginning to embrace – some companies have even started offering a 4-day work week!
All work and no play will only reduce your productivity levels and affect your mental health. According to the Australian Government, about 10% of Australian employees work more than 50 hours per week, which is considered “very long hours” by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
If you’re part of this 10%, planning your time effectively each week helps you to enjoy more free time. A weekly planner allows you to divide your time efficiently among all your tasks as you have a clear overview of the week. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with work because you don’t have a clear and visible schedule, you can plan accordingly and slot in time for your hobbies or simply catch up on your favourite TV series.
Teaches you to say “No”
When you use a weekly planner to organise your life, you will learn to identify the tasks that are useful and productive in the long run and the ones that contribute very little to your overall success.
By doing a weekly review of your schedule, you will be able to reduce your workload by either automating or delegating certain tasks, removing activities that don’t no longer benefit you, or shelving some projects for another time when it’s more relevant to your goals.
You will learn to say “No” to people, tasks, and activities that don't help you achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself for the year. In return, you get to make space for things that benefit you and help you reach your goals more effectively.
Increases your productivity
Being productive doesn’t have to mean you’re always working – the key is to work smarter, not harder!
By prioritising the right things and focusing your energy on what matters the most that week, you will reap the benefits of your “hard work”. With a weekly planner, you can reduce or spread out the workload weighing you down, prioritise and make space for activities that relieve your stress.
This organisation method increases your productivity levels as you’re no longer working yourself to the bone on one task, unable to give your 100% energy for the next task. You will be more refreshed and excited to take on the week once you prioritise your work and activities for the week.
Minimises the risk of crises
By planning ahead, you are saving yourself from reaching a point where everything seems urgent and important, leaving you seconds away from a meltdown. When you utilise your weekly planner effectively, you will have all the high-priority tasks planned out properly with backup plans to follow suit.
A weekly planner's overview also helps you see where you can slot in a last-minute meeting or an unforeseen event without affecting the rest of your weekly plans. Crisis averted!
Highlights your accomplishments
Most importantly, a weekly planner gives you a consistent dose of serotonin when you tick off the finished tasks at the end of the week.
Now that your accomplishments are visible, they can serve as fuel to get through the following week of tasks and the week after, repeatedly until you achieve your goals. Every time you tick off a task in your weekly planner, especially the ones that are complicated, it will motivate you to accomplish any task easily!
There are many other benefits of organising your life one week at a time using a weekly planner – it’s a breath of fresh air in a world where people are living a life that gets busier and busier as time goes by.
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