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Do you Plan your Week?

I am big on to-do lists. I have one for everyday of the week. Some people like to plan even further in advance. On Saturday, a member of my freelance writing course called and asked if it is a good idea to plan a week in advance. This got me thinking.

Before we go any further, keep this in mind: how you do things does not have to be the same as me, and vice versa. Just because I plan one way does not mean it is right. All it means is that it is right for me and my way of doing things.

The main issue with planning a week in advance is that you never know what is going to happen. Even when I plan one day at a time things can change and my entire list will need to be reshuffled. Planning a week in advance will make this even more common.

One thing you can try is putting a tentative schedule in place. In other words, plan a week in advance if it is what you want to do, but realize that things can and probably will change over that time frame. If they don’t, good for you. If they do, make sure you are willing to adjust. The last thing you want to do is have one change throw your entire schedule out of shape – this will lead to more harm than good.

In a very loose way I do plan out every week. But I have found it better to have a daily to-do list. This way I am not looking too far into the future, and every change that comes about is an easy one to deal with.

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