The Importance of Weekly Planning and Scheduling
Realize it or not, your week has rocks—big ones, small ones, and even some sand and water! “Rocks” are a metaphor for the biggest priorities of the week. (See The Story of the Big Rocks in the sidebar and how it relates to weekly planning.) In both our business and personal lives, we have big rocks, gravel, sand, and water.
How to identify the Big Rocks
Identifying your Big Rocks each week during your weekly planning will help you discover the most important tasks that you need to accomplish during the week.
To identify your Big Rocks, think about your various roles in your life. In other words, during the week what “roles” do you play? For example: spouse, editor, parent, coach, CEO, teacher, partner, artist, etc.
Then ask yourself a simple question:
“What is the one thing I can do this week that will have the most significant impact on this role?”
As you answer the question, you’ll discover your Big Rocks for the week. What are they? A large project? Spending time with your family? Is it your health, finances, or faith? Maybe even your personal development or your dreams?
Your weekly planning and schedule is very similar to a bucket–it has limited space (time) which must be filled with both important activities (Big Rocks) and non-essential activities (little rocks). If you put your Big Rocks into your weekly schedule first, you can fill in the gaps in the rest of the available time with your smaller rocks.
Periodically reflect on how you’re doing with your weekly planning. Are you putting your Big Rocks first, or does gravel, sand, and water dominate your life? If the Big Rocks aren’t getting in, what will have to happen so that they do?
Where do you start?
Here are some resources to help you discover and implement your Big Rocks. Note: on the videos, we’re constantly updating the user interface, your PlanPlus Online home page may look slightly different than the videos, but the process is the same.