Caregiver’s Meditations : Weekly Planning
Each Saturday I plan out the week ahead. I also have two monthly calendar – one hanging in my office and one in my bag for spontaneous appointments and commitments that I also make sure are in agreement once a week.
When I have at least thirty minutes of quiet I start by transferring the week’s appointments from my monthly calendar to my weekly calendar. The weekly calendar has a lot more detail than the monthly including appointment times and daily dinners. I have created a section along the side of it with the following headings:
- Weekly Focus
- Blog Ideas
- WFR (my business) Goals
- Shopping (with a few of the different online and physical shops I visit sub-listed)
I fill as much of these sections as I can out at the beginning of the week and transfer any remaining tasks from the previous week onto the current.
I also have a journal beside my bed and at my desk to write down ideas, lists and other information as it comes to me.
Finally, I make sure everything looks bright and cheerful with my coloured pencils and do any online grocery shopping for the week.
This simple weekly preparation in combination with a daily meditation practice has been highly effective and satisfying for me. To know what’s ahead, what my larger goals are and to have a holistic view of my week has been highly stress-relieving. It helps me to feel as though my productivity is encircled by calm and awareness.