Creating Your Ideal Week

Michael K Career Development, Personal Development, Productivity 4 Comments

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

A few years ago, one of my online mentors—NY Times best-selling author, blogger and podcaster Michael Hyatt—shared an item on his blog that really helped me envision what a focused schedule truly looks like.

In his blog post, Michael explained how he took an Excel spreadsheet and began creating what he called his “Ideal Week”. Each day of that weekly calendar was given a specific theme, which Michael then used to block out the time necessary to achieve his personal and professional goals. Take a look and read more about Michael’s Ideal Week process here.

Creating My Ideal Week

I have recently decided to revisit Michael’s advice of going through my own Ideal Week creation process. This process alone has forced me to become more purposeful in thinking through what I should be doing ideally each day. I personally believe that this type of concentration ultimately leads to greater achievement.

Schedule Your Own Ideal Week

Whether you use Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar or any other calendaring system, I want to encourage you as well to begin creating your own version of an Ideal Week.

Fill up your weekly time blocks with whatever content you’d like.

Remember, the goal for you is to simply begin taking a look at how you’re spending your time each week. As you do, I believe that you’ll become a better steward as you take control of your time each week.

Once you create your Ideal Week and begin to walk it out, you’ll likely discover that your execution of it each week isn’t a perfect science.

That’s ok!

Just make the necessary adjustments along the way and get back to it.

So download Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week template and give this a try.

As you do, be sure to keep me informed on how things are going for you along the way.

Today’s question: Do you believe that creating an Ideal Week could help you become more focused throughout your week? Let me know your thoughts either way by leaving a comment below.

Michael KCreating Your Ideal Week

Comments 4

  1. BeShaun

    I’m going to try this…I juggle a number of items and tasks and I often drop a ball, but I see how this can lead to greater once I learn to be more proficient with time management. THANK YOU Sir!

  2. LaKeidra

    Most definitely!

    I do believe that creating an ideal week would help me to be more focused by allowing me to sit down & prioritize my tasks in order of importance as well as “need to do’s” and “want to do’s”. I think this would make me more time conscious & able to measure/determine how much time I waste vs. time spent wisely so that I can be as productive as possible. I also think this is a great idea for people who have a hard time saying “no” in that it can help serve as a reminder not to over extend themselves. Although it’s possible that unexpected schedule changes may occur, planning ahead can allow room for some flexibility.
    I agree with you Lisa on the naps! :)

    Great post!!

  3. Lisa Benn

    As a graduate school student, the answer is absolutely! I made the mistake of forging into graduate school without structuring a weekly schedule. As time went on, I realized that I had to flat up remove some things in my life. They just were not working with graduate school. I didn’t think that graduate school was going to take so much of my time. Working in teams and meeting with teammates whether in person or on the phone was very time consuming.
    So, I had to change some things around and cut some things completely off. I like the way Mr. Hyatt plugs in the naps. I remember when my mom used to make us take naps when we were young. She had seven kids so I just thought she wanted a break. lol. But now I realize how much taking a nap is beneficial to a successful work day.

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      Michael K

      Lisa, those sound like very practical & wise changes that you decided to make within your schedule! Grad school is definitely a commitment!! Sounds like you’re already on your way to a more focused calendar!!

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