Confession time: I am bad at calendaring. Seriously bad. As a result, I routinely double-book things, forget doctor’s appointments until I receive the reminder call (at which point I am shocked to realize I will have to rearrange my day to make the appointment), and feel a little foggy about when my kids’ school projects are due.
It wasn’t until I read Samantha Ettus’ The Pie Life and had a chance to talk about the book with her that I realized this bad habit isn’t just causing me inconvenience. The resulting rearranging and scrambling actively costs me hours out of my week. And to be clear: I don’t have any extra hours to give. I’m booked up.
So I need to get organized.
To that end, I am combining two suggestions from Samantha’s book:
- Write everything down immediately.
- Devote part of Sunday evening to prepping for the week ahead.
I did one hour of prep last night, and my Monday is sailing along so far. (Let’s be realistic, this may not hold; my Monday could go sideways at any given moment. But I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.)
In addition to writing everything on our giant wall calendar, I also created a weekly calendar separating out work to-dos and home to-dos. As part of my Sunday prep, I filled this out with the big-ticket items to make sure I am focused on what’s coming at me in the immediate future.
I actually printed it and wrote it out by hand, which always makes things stick in my brain a little better.
And I’m not alone on that. Recent studies have shown that writing things longhand causes our brains to process information more effectively.
Want to try it? We’re posting my weekly work/home calendar as a free printable. Just click right here to grab it!
Try it and let us know what you think! Any other weekend prep tips you use that we can copy? We are always on the lookout for hacks to make things a little more streamlined, and we’d love to hear from you.