Plan Your Week for Success

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Ever reached the end of the week and wondered, “Did I really get anything done?” 

I used to feel the same way so when I read productivity expert, Laura Vanderkam’s book “Tranquility by Tuesday,” I was inspired by the valuable suggestion she offered.

Use Fridays to plan your week ahead.

While I occasionally do it on Mondays (don’t tell, Laura), the concept remains powerful, yet super simple.

What I love most about her suggestion is that as you plan your week ahead, it requires you to define your top priorities across three important categories – career, personal, and relationships.

This structured approach to planning your week ensures that your efforts are aligned with what genuinely matters. It is not merely about work tasks.

In each category, I write down two or three things that are most important for me to get done during my week to really feel that I am on top of things and that things are progressing well.

The idea of categories resonates deeply with me because we often forget our personal goals as we run through the week, checking off the to-do’s on our work list.

I would love to hear from you if you try this. Or if you do something similar, please let me know in the comments below.

Related: How To Improve Strategic Thinking

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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