Caregiver’s Meditations : Weekly Planning

Laptop and paperwork on a desk
Calendar with daily activities
Weekly planning template on a desk
Weekly planning template with activities listed hanging on the fridge
Caregiver's Meditations
Notebooks in an organizer

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
  • Personal
  • 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.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


  1. liz on November 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Looks very well organised! Very inspiring!

  2. Sylvia on November 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Very inspiring indeed! :*

  3. Meagan on November 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Katie,

    On the list is: Lettuce Deliver (all produce, all dairy and eggs, health food store items, organic pantry staples delivered weekly), Feather and Bone (this is our meat that I buy in bulk and have picked up usually once a month), Honest to Goodness- where we get organic grains like flours, rice, baking powder etc in bulk and Woolies where I buy things like white vinegar, bi-carb (cleaning), eco toilet paper, eco laundry detergent, eco dish soap, eco paper towel and occasional things like eco baby wipes for my bag, garbage bags, maple syrup etc. Hope this helps! xo m.

  4. Katie on November 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    This is wonderful Meagan!! I love your blog, pictures and love looking through the seasonal rhythms I’ve purchased from you. Actually following my rhythm is something I struggle with.. Your idea of having them in your bag & in your office make it easy to refer to when knowing what the next step is..
    I love online grocery shopping( saves having to expose kids to the supermarket too much)
    I can see Woolies on your list, do you have any other favourites?


  5. Helen on December 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Meagan, I love this! You have inspired me to create an organized space like this. I really love how you made it colorful too. I am very intrigued by your list of food deliveries. I am in the states so I’m not even sure if all that exists, but I’d love to find out. Any tips for doing research on where I may find similar services near me?
    Thanks, Helen

  6. Meagan on December 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Helen- I’d jus start with the basic google “organic food delivery YOUR AREA” or “grass-fed, free-range butchery YOUR AREA” or “organic bulk pantry staples delivery YOUR AREA” etc. All of the suppliers aI use were recommended to be by word of mouth from like-minded Mums at my children’s school so if you have a group of kindred spirit too that would be very helpful! : ) xo m.

  7. Brook Coffee on July 7, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I also love the color wheel. What is that about?

  8. Meagan on July 12, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    @ Brook It’s Steiner’s colour, grain, planet and plant of the day through the week. Don’t know a lot about it but I like wearing the colours if I can. : ) x

  9. Ashlee Pierce on March 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I see that this is an older post and I understand you are near Toronto now. I ask because I am also near Toronto and I am wondering which online suppliers you use for your food and home goods. Thank you!

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