Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time Management Tuesday: Getting Started On A New Week

I would have sworn that sometime during this project I did a post on spending some time at the beginning of each week planning what you're going to do over the next seven days. The planning should relate to your goals and objectives? I think I used a picture of a notepad I was using for my planning at the time? Yeah, I can't find it.

My point in bringing all that up is that I do believe in weekly planning. So I was taken when I happened to see 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Week at Time Management Ninja while I was scanning tweets.

If you haven't been able to work over the weekend, Mondays can be rough. They can be particularly rough if you've had more than a weekend off. If you've been messing around with a wedding for a couple of weeks...on an extended vacation...recovering from illness...getting yourself on task, even working for a unit of time or in sprints can be difficult. Planning that you will do certain things can help a lot.

What I like about the 7 Questions article is that it can direct you in your planning, if you're struggling with it. I would apply Question 7, What am I doing to reach my goals?,  to all the other questions, though. What do I need to do for a goal? Where do I need to be to work toward a goal? What do I need to catch up on to make progress on a goal? The questions give direction to your planning, and the goals give direction to the questions.

If you plan what you're going to do at the beginning of the week and go over what you actually did at the end, you can tighten up your work habits a lot.


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