Productivity experts have been preaching about weekly planning for years. And most of them will tell you to do your planning on Sundays. I used to be one of them.
The thinking was that you should already have your week planned out by Monday. That way, you could wake up and hit the ground running. No time wasted on deciding what to do.
And it's not a terrible theory. Monday and Tuesday are our most productive days of the week, after all. You don't want to waste them.
But here's why the productivity experts are wrong: Sunday is a terrible planning day.
First of all, Sundays are on a weekend. We fill our weekends with projects, social engagements and family time. For many of us, it's also an opportunity to catch up on leisure activities. Not task planning.
Are you a workaholic? For me, Sunday is an opportunity to dig into my business and get a lot done. Why would I block out an hour or two in the middle of this glorious, productive day, to plan my week?
Here's the thing. Planning is REALLY important for success. But we need to do it on a less intrusive day.
It's the least productive day of the week. Turn your unproductive Friday afternoons into productive planning and thinking time!
You can schedule your appointments and meetings for the next week ahead of time. People will usually get back to you with confirmation before they leave the office for the day.
You can allocate time for your goals. Block this time for deep work and high value projects into your week so you can make solid progress on your goals. Things are bound to pop up, but don't let them distract you from your master plan.
Knowing there's a plan for Monday will take away any worries or stress about the next week over the weekend.
You can schedule more purposeful leisure time over the weekend.
I urge you to give this a try. Break the Sunday weekly planning cycle and join me in the glory of Friday planning. You're going to love it.
PS- If your week is atypical, Friday may not work for you. I get it. So then, look at your life and determine what your least productive, lowest energy day is, and choose THAT day. That's your planning day.
PPS- If you DO try it, I would love to hear how it worked for you. Leave a comment below and tell me about it!