November 12, 2008

Why I use weekly planning to run my life

This is my weekly planning form.

People often ask me, "why weekly planning?"

Well, there are three reasons:
  1. I like to have my monthly goals broken down weekly so I can feel like I'm accomplishing BIG projects continually, and
  2. I don't like the pressure of daily planning and I don't think most of you like it either.
  3. I like to measure my results on a weekly basis too so I can correct course quickly. If my subscribers drop in a particular week, I can quickly see if I'm not blogging enough or linking to my website enough or posting meaningful contributions in forums.

With daily planning, if you don't get to all the stuff you wanted to do, you start feeling like a failure and then you do actually do less.

With weekly planning, you can spread out your stuff so that you only do one or two key tasks every day. Even if you don't get to them, there's always tomorrow :)

I could see how this might not work for you, especially if you're a chronic procrastinator, because you might put off things continually and not actually get to anything. If that's you, hire me to keep you accountable. I will kick your butt (in a loving way)!

For the rest, this should work fine.

So once you've identified the tasks you want to accomplish for that week, ask yourself this question:

Will these things actually move me towards my goals, or are they just "busy work" tasks?

(you want to make sure you have proper things on your list)

I could faff around for an hour trying to install Wordpress for my new site or I could design the content for my next teleseminar.

The first one is busy work (that I'm not good at anyway) while the second will actually bring me money.

Do you see the difference?

Make sure your tasks move you towards your goals.

One last point - don't EVER ever ever put more than 6 things on your daily to-do list. If that was good enough for Mary Kay, it's good enough for you and me.

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So, what do you think? Do you agree? Not? Share (I'm a big girl - I can take it!)


Niki said...

Hi, currently I do a daily one but you are right that I feel like a failure when I don't accomplish them. I normally get fed up and forget the rest of the week. I should change my outlook and focus on weekly tasks. Great tip. I was at the POC conference in Toronto and heard about your great work.

Marcia said...

Well, hello Niki.

I wonder who that was who told you about me?

Curiouser and curiouser :)