Since starting the 80 Day Obsession (44/80 done!), I’ve been taking Monday as my rest day. This works out well because for me, Monday AM is where the magic happens from a planning perspective. I still get up early (5ish) but instead of spending 40-60 minutes with my beloved online trainer, I take the time to organize the week ahead, coming up with priorities and figuring out when I have time to get things done.
I review the week’s calendar landscape (currently putting it into my Live Rich planner, which was an unexpectedly lovely discovery!), figure out which days are full and which are more flexible, and decide which projects I need to work on when.
This is a big part of my weekly review process and honestly, without it I am lost. If I have to spend even a portion of my open blocks fo time deciding what to do, I will:
1- waste a lot of time triaging and spend a lot of time fretting over which loose ends I am probably forgetting
2- probably avoid the ‘important but not urgent’ work because it’s usually hard and therefore unappealing
Therefore, having a list of goals for the week — a mix of urgent AND important — is key for me. It helps me to use the working time I do have well.
(This applies not just to work days but also to days at home. This past weekend I finished my 2019 photobook, largely because it was at the top of my weekly list. Well, also because Shutterfly had one of their amazing ‘unlimited pages’ coupons which brought the total for my 100+ paged book from a whopping $180 to $65).
BRING IT MONDAY.