Three weeks ago, I publicly embarked on a meal planning exercise, launched in the Pizza Fridays: Family Friendly Meal Planning post.
It takes three weeks to form a habit right? Well, in my case, maybe a little longer but I am off to a good start. I started the first week like gangbusters using the meal planner template for inspiration. The Menu Planner App also helped but I’m still getting the hang of it. Weeks two and three were solid tries but didn’t go off without a hitch. There were bouts of “I’m too tired to cook” and “who wants pizza?” throughout both weeks but all in all, my life was definitely made easier by the attempt to plan and stick to said plan and I’m pretty sure I saved a little cash in my quest to repurpose pantry items and leftovers.
It got me to thinking, could this process be applied to my work week? Sure there are the occasional fire drills that often alter your work day plans but if we keep the plan flexible, maybe a well thought out plan of attack can at the very least alleviate some stress and induce more productivity.
So, I altered the meal planner template to reflect my work week. In addition, I applied a little wisdom from a grad school professor: check email twice a day (once in the a.m. and once in the afternoon) and that’s it. Dedicate the rest of your day to productivity. Here’s what I came up with:
|If you think of task to be done or brainstorm ideas, write them down, then work on them during your coming workweek.||Upon Arrival||
|End of Day||
|Evening||If you think of a task or brainstorm an idea, write it down in a notebook and add it to your to-do list the next morning.|
I have yet to find an app that I trust with my work schedule but if your smart phone is attached at your hip, consider using the calendar function as your work week planning template and schedule reminder alerts to keep you on task. Also, use the notes and tasks functions on your phone (if applicable) to update your to do list so you will have it with you at all times and save the environment one piece of paper at a time.
Sure, it’s not a simple as checking the Food Network for quick recipes and you may run into to a few snags via last minute requests but if you at least have a weekly roadmap, you’re more apt to spend your time wisely and making more headway on your to-do list and long-lead projects. I’m applying this method now and will report back in two or three weeks with tweaks and successes. Stay tuned!