February 27, 2016

The Weekly Planning Pages

The Weekly Planning page is designed to organize daily assignments in a way that will help you do your job better.

Each week, you have two planning pages to help you stay on top of your work: Weekly Goals and Weekly Outlook. Pick a time every week that you’ll sit down with these two pages and plot out how you’ll spend your time, so that you can be as effective and amazing as possible as soon as the week begins.

“I start every week with a planning session. I block out a full hour on my calendar to devote to planning and thinking—I call it my Ninja Planning Session.” – Ink+Volt founder, Kate Matsudaira

How To Use The Weekly Goal Pages

Each week start your planning with the Weekly Goals page. Start by listing your top priorities at the top of the page. These are the things you really have to get done this week.

Look back on your previous week and see what you accomplished and what was left over. If you didn’t get to something, go ahead and move it to this week’s list.

Think about the good things that happened last week. Did you have any big ah-ha moments? How about any hiccups or mistakes? What can you learn from last week to help you be more effective/productive/happier/etc. this week? I typically try to jot down at least 2-3 of these things in the “Reflect + Celebrate” section of the page. If you need more space, that is one great use for the Inspiration page (directly opposite the Weekly Goals page).

Now flip to the start of your planner. Are you living and acting in harmony with your Yearly Theme? Is there something you can do this week to move forward on your Yearly Goals? This is also a great time to add an achievement on the Accomplishment Page. Make sure you are moving forward on the things that you established as really important for your year.

Do the same thing with your Monthly Goals and 30 Day Challenge. Have you been consistent in making progress? It is okay if you haven’t, but make note of your progress and process.

If it’s the start of a month, this is a good time to take a step back and think about the month ahead. That is when I work on populating my Monthly Goals.

How To Use The Weekly Outlook Pages

Then using my weekly goals, I lay out the time blocks in my schedule in the Weekly Outlook. Working alongside my Google calendar (which is where all my work meetings go), I plan my time. I put all my personal and professional appointments in my Ink+Volt Planner. This includes time for workouts, cooking dinner and work that requires deep, focused attention.

Tip: If something comes up and you can’t get it done this week, go ahead and put it on your goals for next week. That way you can jump start your planning and won’t forget everything you need to do.

On my Weekly Outlook, I draw little boxes next to my items so I get to check them off. It makes me feel accomplished 🙂

Of course, you can also make these your own! For example, we’ve seen a designer use it for the daily doodles. You can write bits of inspiration, ideas, or even affirmations if you want. This whole notebook has been designed for you to make it your own.