Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

Sundays are my days to kick back a bit. Spend time with my family, go to church, be lazy, eat junk food, binge Netflix…but being in a career of knowledge work requires a lot of planning…notetaking, organizing, etc. If I don’t, then I’m stuck with a brain overflowing with things I need to remember and do. It creates anxiety and is a stupid way of trying to get things done. Other than some learning and the possibility of critical items coming to me on a Sunday, I try to make planning my week the only work-oriented tasks I do. If I don’t prepare, I end up feeling lost on Mondays, and that can quickly snowball into the rest of the week.

I use a written weekly planner as a starting point to empty my thoughts and plans and reflect on what I could be overlooking. From here I take those tasks and methodically split them up over the course of the week. Having a plan for each day is motivating and stress-relieving. As far as project management goes, I keep everything in an app called Trello. I store everything in Trello: in-depth to-dos, plans, content, ideas, etc. When I’m working, this app never closes. I recently started pairing the app with some of the principles presented in the Best Self Journal, such as labeling the time/energy involved in a task, and it’s working for me even better.

Taking one hour to prepare for your week can be the difference between success and failure.

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