Ever since I started full time work after too many years at uni, I’ve realised what a precious resource my weekends are. There are just so many things to do and it’s hard to convince myself to actually get up and do them all efficiently after a busy work week.
My weekends have gotten way more productive now that I’ve started using this planner. It works great for planning your workdays as well! How you decide to use it is up to you, but if you want some inspo here’s how I use it:
1. I print out a double sided copy so I have both Saturday and Sunday on the same piece of paper (I’ve started printing them out at half size since I got some skinnier pens!)
2. I start filling out the To Do List from Monday morning. This means I don’t lose track of anything that needs doing with all the distractions that come up as the week progresses. I use the Notes section for jotting down details of specific tasks, like grocery lists and things to take photos of for blog posts.
3. On Friday evening, I start moving the items from the To-Do list into the Time Blocking section. Of course, I can’t predict exactly how long a task will take and what my motivational level will be, but having an allocated time forces me to procrastinate less. I think of it less as a rigid schedule and more of an optimistic guideline (sometimes overly optimistic!). It’s like a polite butler in the corner telling me to get my ass into gear.
4. As I finish tasks in the To Do List I tick them off, because ticking tasks off feels fucking awesome. Anything I don’t manage to do on Saturday, I move to Sunday (I draw an arrow in the box to show that it’s been moved), and anything that I don’t manage to do on the weekend gets moved to a weekday evening or the following weekend.
Rose has prettified my basic planner with fun motivational headings. There are also a couple of plain ones included in case you want to use it for work, or you just don’t like inanimate objects swearing at you. We’ve made two versions – one that goes from 6 am to 10 pm if you’re an early riser, and the one that I use (8 am – midnight) if you like to sleep in because it’s the weekend, dammit, you’re not my real mum and you never will be.
It’s part of our brand spanking new Organisational Printables Pack! As well as the Daily Planner, there are other things like Expense Trackers and Calendars and other pretty/useful/sassy things to come. Click here to access all the printables.