What would an ideal week look like?
It might be worth drafting one on paper.
Could you make something like that happen?
Maybe you could if you planned your week in advance.
Below is the first half of my weekly planning ritual. Maybe it's useful to you.
Step 1: Copy from the ideal week.
Step 2: Add all of the following to the calendar
- Dance classes
- Gym sessions
- Transport - use Google Maps to plan public transport routes
- The morning routine is straight after waking. Shorten or split to allow for morning meetings where any have been scheduled.
- Coffee and start up time for the first half hour at the office
- Shut down and pack up time for the last half hour at the office
- Meals - breakfast, dinner, and 2 of the following: morning tea, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, snack
- The good night routine happens at 8:30pm
- After work for any meetings planned
- Time with family
- Time in groups
- One-on-one time with someone that isn't David
- Weekly reflection on Monday
- Write letters home on Tuesday
- Weekly planning on Friday
Step 3: Review how much time is left for focused work.
Step 4: Play with the puzzle pieces until I'm comfortable with it.
Before I plan the week, there are inevitably other meetings there as well. This is where I make the trade offs for focused work. That meeting might not be as important as the work.
Generally the order of trade offs is:
- Social engagements
As the week goes by, I may make further trade offs, but it's usually work. Ideally, I don't trade off dance, routines, weekly reflection, letters home or weekly planning.
I never trade off meals or sleep.