ACTIVITY: Your Ideal Week

Here is an approach which will

  • help to ensure that you spend your time where it needs to be spent, particularly for ‘important but not urgent’ activities
  • emphasise time as a finite resource. We have financial budgets, why not time budgets?
  • make scheduling easier
  1. Make a list of the categories of activities that you need and want to do in your life. (If you are using an action map, then this will be a simple task.) Your list may include:
    • production – whatever it is that generates your income. For an author, writing, a programmer, coding … You may wish to break this down into different types of production: writing: research, creation, editing 
    • marketing – to get production work
    • meetings
    • answering emails
    • socialising and family
    • exercise
    • personal growth – Developing Happy Atom Program
    • planning and reviewing
    • playing guitar
  2. Decide on how much time you wish to spend on each of these activities in an ideal week
  3. Consider the most appropriate times for each activity, taking into account your likely energy levels, access to resources and people etc 
  4. Allocate each of the activities to blocks of time on a Week Template.

Here is an example using an Excel spreadsheet.

[Note: the blocks are for illustration; I am not recommending this as an example week!]

Click here to download a blank version of this template.

Clearly there will be variations and it will be a rare week when you follow your template completely. But knowing your ideal structure increases your flexibility.

There may be specific activities that only happen at the beginning or end of a month or if your work is project-driven there may be different stages in a project. If this is the nature of your work, then you may consider creating multiple templates to reflect different weeks in the month or project stages.