I don’t know about you, but that first week back to school really kicked my booty! Planning my week is so important to stay on track, especially once back to school comes around. So today I’m sharing how to plan your week (with a free printable)!
We’re on to week three after back to school so we are in the groove now, but it was hard to let go of those lazy summer days! We got a little bit of summer feeling by heading to the pool this weekend though!
I hate saying goodbye to the weekend, but I found this tee that I might just wear today to keep that fun weekend vibe going! ha!
HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEEK
With the HWH Fitness Challenge launching this weekend!, I wanted to get into the exercise routine now, six days a week. I know from experience that those workouts don’t just happen unless you plan for them and specifically schedule them into your day.
WHY I CREATE A WEEKLY PLAN
Last Sunday, I sat down to schedule in my workouts and ended up creating an entire schedule for the week. I’m so happy with this framework because now everything has a dedicated time. I swear it helped my week go so much smoother, knowing what I was supposed to be doing from one moment to the next.
The problem I was running into was that at each moment of the day, I’d be thinking of five other things I needed to do. For example, in the morning while Jordan and I were eating breakfast, I’d be checking my phone or trying to answer an email. I wasn’t being very productive and I would feel guilty for not giving her my undivided attention. I hate admitting this, but even at 2 years old, she’s told me, “Mommy, put down your phone.”
Jordan is definitely a child that likes a lot of attention and personal interaction. She does play independently sometimes, but she would rather be playing with me or someone else. If you’re sitting on the couch, she will literally take your hand and pull you up, saying, “C’mon, play with me!”
I can’t be playing with her ALL the time- that’s unrealistic I know, BUT, there definitely could be more time in my day that is focused only on her or what we’re doing, as opposed to trying to be on my phone or computer or watching tv at the same time.
I created the schedule so that I would have on interrupted periods in the day where I was just focused on her or family or blogging. Whatever I’m supposed to be doing, I want to try to give it my full attention.
And because I’m on the Type A side, I color coded my chart:
My goal now is to have stricter blog hours where I work effectively and efficiently and get lots of things done (from 9-3) so that when I’m not working I can have freedom from my phone and just focus on exercise or the kids and family, or dinner or whatever else needs to be done. Having Shannon working with me has already made that much, much better.
I have to be done with the majority of blogging by around 3pm because there’s just no other time than late at night to continue. AND, if I want to get up and have that important “take care of you” time in the morning, I can’t be blogging at midnight- I have to get to sleep by 10.
I had to do make this Weekly Plan for my own sanity, though I do allow for wiggle room and I know things often change. At least the structure is there.
It helps to look at our day in chunks or blocks of time. Doing that causes us to be more single-minded and know that whatever is in this time “block” is what I need to focus on and do now.
My blocks currently look like this:
EARLY MORNING ME TIME
Whether it’s an early morning workout, or time to just read, write, pray, meditate, or get a jumpstart on my blog, this time has been crucial for me. I’m not an early riser by nature, but I like how my day goes so much better when I’m up around 5:30, that I’ve been keeping up with the habit.
MORNING FAMILY BLOCK
From 6:45 to about 8:30 a.m., it’s all about family. Getting James up and ready for school and spending some time with him before he leaves. Jordan wakes up around 7:30, so we always have breakfast together. Then, I make a beloved cup of coffee and sit down with her and play. This undivided hour of attention focused directly on her without checking my phone has been so good for both of us. Of course she enjoys it and I love connecting and bonding with her, just the two of us.
I can relax about any emails or things on my phone, because I know I have a plan to get to them at 9am.
We often read or play “blocks” or color or she serves me ice cream. We keep the tv off at this time.
We also like to go outside and get some fresh air, but right now it’s still so hot, so we don’t stay out that long.
Around 8:30, we’ll head upstairs and put on our makeup– Jordan sometimes plays with this pretend makeup set. Some days, it’s just curling my eyelashes and putting on a coat of mascara. Other days, I’ll take a good 10 minutes to do more. I’ve usually already showered before James gets up, so I only have to curl my hair or give it some new life with dry shampoo.
My Mom usually arrives by 9 (thank God she’s able to do this!!), so we catch up for a bit, and then it’s onto my home office to start blogging for the day. I could write a whole separate post about what that looks like, but for our purposes here, I blog until about 3pm.
Always breaking for lunch about 12pm to go downstairs and eat with my Mom and Jordan.
AFTER SCHOOL BLOCK
At 3pm, it switches to the After School block and getting James home from school, talking about his day, unpacking backpack and having an afternoon snack (me too!). He gets some down time before starting his homework.
We’ve just been experimenting with Jordan napping from 2-4, so if she’s asleep when it’s time to get James, my Mom will pick him up.
DINNER & EVENING BLOCK
Around 5, we start the dinner block, which includes time to play afterwards. I’ve been meal prepping lately, so I don’t have to cook from scratch every night. But, even when I don’t, I usually cook enough for two nights. Then, we like to have some play time and I prefer some of it to be outside.
Now, Jordan just enrolled in baby ballet (is there anything cuter?!) and James plays baseball, so we’re factoring in that too. Quicker dinners on those nights, and I’m gonna try to get 20 minutes of exercise during his Thursday night practices. #twobirds In fact, I had this idea, but tell me if it’s silly- I was thinking I could ask all the moms if they wanted to do a little bootcamp with me at the field at that time. Is that weird?? I’d still have to be keeping an eye on Jordan, so I’m not sure how practical it would be.
The evenings are bath and bedtime routines, then cleaning the kitchen. I like to do that while listening to a podcast or YouTube. I usually post an Instagram when I’m done.
MY BEDTIME BLOCK
While I’m tidying up the kitchen, I make my hot peppermint tea and get it steeping so I can take it upstairs. Y’all know I’m fanatical about creating that peaceful sleeping environment, so the lights are dimmed with HUE lightbulbs and I put on my lavender diffuser. Our beautiful master bedroom is almost always kept clean and I LOVE heading up to bed each night!
CREATE YOUR OWN WEEKLY PLAN
To make this kind of a schedule, I would start with your wake up time and sleep time, then block out your work time, since that usually takes up most of the day.
Add in any appointments, sports practices/games, etc.
Next, schedule your workouts for the week.
Include what time you are going to eat breakfast lunch and dinner and perhaps a snack or two.
Include whatever things you have going on in your life.
Definitely carve out that time for just you. Even if it’s only 15 minutes before the house wakes up or right before bed.
You can use this FREE PRINTABLE to customize it for your own schedule.
I hope you go forth and have a productive, fun week! Let me know in the comments if this post was helpful and taught you how to plan your week!