The Six-Step Week Plan That’ll Help You Get Your Life Together

Modern life is so busy it’s easy to feel like you’re trying to keep up all the time, rather than being in charge and living life to the fullest. Between work and socializing, finding time to relax and get ahead may seem impossible.

And that often means important (but less interesting) jobs get ignored, like making healthy food, exercising and spending time on hobbies. Imagine how amazing it would be to have your full week planned, with scheduled times to do all of those things you normally miss out on. So it’s time for a change, and if you follow our tips, you could find yourself, happier, calmer and spending time doing the things that are really important in life.

1. Change your perceptions of time

It may seem counterproductive to spend your precious time making schedules, but you’ll be grateful once you do it. There is something very cathartic about taking your time to consider what you need to achieve each week and writing it all down into a manageable structure, so take your time, light some candles, and enjoy the relaxing feeling of organizing your mind onto paper.

2. Prioritize

Sure, we’d all like to hit the gym every day and spend our time making healthy, delicious suppers or going on long walks but that’s not realistic. Be ruthless with your priorities (we even number our lists in order of importance) and ensure you make the time for the most important things first, the least important stuff will have to fit around it.

3. Sort out your long term goals

Yes, earning a living, eating and sleeping are all pretty vital but don’t just plan the physical things you need to do each week, or you could find that each week is the same. Think about your longer term goals and try to incorporate small steps into your plan where you have time, and don’t forget to think about your emotional goals too. If you do a little bit each week, you’ll get there in no time!

4. Organize with a pretty calendar

We’re all a little more motivated to go to the gym when we’ve got pretty new sportswear (whether we want to admit it or not) and the same applies here. Get yourself a new planner and you won’t be able to wait to start organizing your life. Get a planner that supports your lifestyle, like this Fringe Studio Mandela Planner. Available here.

5. Cut the things that aren’t important

Is there something in your planner every single week that never ever gets done? Does it fill you with panic, or just make you sad every time you see it? Make a pact to either do it THIS week, or not do it at all, and cut anything out of your life that isn’t important.

6. Make sure there’s ‘nothing’ time

Even superwoman can’t spend every waking moment checking things off a list, so it’s vital that you leave enough time for watching TV, having a glass of wine, or reading a book. If you don’t, you’ll struggle to stick to your plan, and if its completely inflexible you’ll give up if you get behind. Remember, this is meant to make life happier and more relaxed!


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Modern life is so busy it’s easy to feel like you’re trying to keep up all the time, rather than being in charge and living life to the fullest. Between work and socializing, finding time to relax and get ahead may seem impossible.

And that often means important (but less interesting) jobs get ignored, like making healthy food, exercising and spending time on hobbies. Imagine how amazing it would be to have your full week planned, with scheduled times to do all of those things you normally miss out on. So it’s time for a change, and if you follow our tips, you could find yourself, happier, calmer and spending time doing the things that are really important in life.

1. Change your perceptions of time

It may seem counterproductive to spend your precious time making schedules, but you’ll be grateful once you do it. There is something very cathartic about taking your time to consider what you need to achieve each week and writing it all down into a manageable structure, so take your time, light some candles, and enjoy the relaxing feeling of organizing your mind onto paper.

2. Prioritize

Sure, we’d all like to hit the gym every day and spend our time making healthy, delicious suppers or going on long walks but that’s not realistic. Be ruthless with your priorities (we even number our lists in order of importance) and ensure you make the time for the most important things first, the least important stuff will have to fit around it.

3. Sort out your long term goals

Yes, earning a living, eating and sleeping are all pretty vital but don’t just plan the physical things you need to do each week, or you could find that each week is the same. Think about your longer term goals and try to incorporate small steps into your plan where you have time, and don’t forget to think about your emotional goals too. If you do a little bit each week, you’ll get there in no time!

4. Organize with a pretty calendar

We’re all a little more motivated to go to the gym when we’ve got pretty new sportswear (whether we want to admit it or not) and the same applies here. Get yourself a new planner and you won’t be able to wait to start organizing your life. Get a planner that supports your lifestyle, like this Fringe Studio Mandela Planner. Available here.

5. Cut the things that aren’t important

Is there something in your planner every single week that never ever gets done? Does it fill you with panic, or just make you sad every time you see it? Make a pact to either do it THIS week, or not do it at all, and cut anything out of your life that isn’t important.

6. Make sure there’s ‘nothing’ time

Even superwoman can’t spend every waking moment checking things off a list, so it’s vital that you leave enough time for watching TV, having a glass of wine, or reading a book. If you don’t, you’ll struggle to stick to your plan, and if its completely inflexible you’ll give up if you get behind. Remember, this is meant to make life happier and more relaxed!


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  • Fatima

    Great tips – definitely going to use some of these for the upcoming week :)

    Fatima x http://www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

  • This was so handy! I especially loved the “nothing” part – I tend to forget doing this and boy I have such horrible burnouts. Never again!

    Lizzie Bee // http://www.hellolizziebee.com

  • This was so helpful. Sometimes I find myself so stressed trying to do it all and then I get sick because I don’t do enough for myself.

  • Pretty planners make alll the difference ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • Mila S

    that moment when even pretty gym clothes don’t really make you want to go to the gym lol

    x Mila
    || http://www.topknotkindaday.com ||

    • Brandi W

      So true!

  • Iida-Emilia

    Planning my weeks has definitely improved my life. I feel that number six is the key. You need to have enough time to do nothing at all. Otherwise you can never stick to your schedule. Understanding that has helped me to make better plans

  • This is a great list! I started planning my weeks this month and it really has made such a difference in my productivity and time management. I think the most important part is ensuring you have ‘nothing time’. It’s so crucial to your health to set aside, even a small amount, of time every day to do something just because you want to, even if that something is doing nothing at all!

    Caitlin
    http://www.wandererandwolf.com

  • Krista Liguori

    Making a schedule is so so important for me. Otherwise, I have a hard time relaxing. If I know everything I have to do is accounted for in on a certain day, it means I have time to relax after I’ve finished my tasks for the day. Also, I LOVE nothing time!

  • Thank You! needed this! :)

    http://www.liliantahmasian.com

  • Yess, great tips!

  • Great tips to balance a work & play lifestyle <3 Thanks for this entry!!

  • Miss Pippi

    New sportswear totally motivates. :) Thanks for the tips.

    http://misspippisstyle.blogspot.hu/

  • Natalie Redman

    Definitely rethinking time has made me much more productive!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Keeping a schedule keeps me on track. It’s the only way to get it all done. But the image above. How precious. Isn’t that a very young Naomi?

  • Natalie Redman

    I love nothing time, it’s my favourite time of the day :)

    http://www.upyourvlog.com