For the longest time my least favorite task was to create a schedule. Project management went out the window as I became consumed and lost in the moment of creating, designing, writing, problem- solving, and putting out fires—all while being a mom and wife.
Everyday we go through our lists. Both mentally and physically, our to-dos become tasks and tasks become routine. To avoid boredom and burnout, I have learned to turn those routines into a weekly ritual, which is so much more appealing and meaningful.
Turn that scheduling burden into purposeful “me time.” I did a few things differently to shift this task into a ritual. I chose Sundays as the day I would plan out my week in a non-hurried environment. I make that time special, and Sunday evenings have become my moment to savor. During a long soak (epsom salt, candles and favorite tunes) I set the stage for reflecting on where the week has been and where I need to go. Afterwards, I am able to retreat to my studio and let go of all those thoughts by writing it in my planner. Somehow sleep that night always feels deeper and more restful.
By prepping and priming your space to set up your week in a meaningful way, you no longer are a slave to a schedule filled with boring tasks, but rather a master of an artful week filled with meaningful “seeds to sow” and thought-out priorities.
Transform your mindset by turning your planning into a special weekly rituals, and watch how you become more productive, reflective and thankful.
Sara is founder of Make My Notebook and co-founder of Gorgeous Chaos, which produces the best-selling Daily Action Planner. You can connect with her on Instagram: @makemynotebook.