Two Weekly Organising Sheets I Am Never Knowingly Without

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These two sheets make my life SO MUCH EASIER.

 

When my sons were still babies, I suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS (also known as ME). Everything hurt and at my worst, even changing a nappy left me needing a lie down. Over time I developed some coping mechanisms (such as the “shift your bum” method) that helped me get back to some kind of normal. I still use most of these even though my symptoms are long gone.

 

a timetable and a meal plan in glass frames, pistachios, a mobile phone, a notebook and a study guide against a white background

 

Which two weekly organising sheets do you need in your life?

 

Keeping these two weekly organising sheets changed the way I live. Back then, they managed to help me get through the day. Now, they help me keep up with the ever-changing demands of being a home-educating, school run mum who runs her own business and volunteers. They don’t solve all of my problems, but they go a long way to ensuring the balancing act continues.

 

a meal plan, a cuppa, some pistachios, some pens, a decorative sign and a notebook against a white background

 

The meal plan

 

I think I lost count of the times I stood, staring vacantly into a fridge full of food, not knowing what to cook. Keeping a meal plan not only meant I always knew what to cook, it also meant I started to save money by wasting less food. When I started to transition to being a vegetarian, having a visual representation of the week’s meals meant I could see how much meat I was eating in a week. Now I do the same for eggs and dairy.

 

a study guide, some pens, a timetable, a cuppa, a notebook and a decorative sign against a white background

 

The timetable

 

Having a weekly timetable on the wall means I never have to wonder what I’m doing next. I mostly only use it for home education and work now, but at one time it had every household task, uni deadline and meeting on it.

 

Do you have any time management hacks you wouldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!

 

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4 thoughts on “Two Weekly Organising Sheets I Am Never Knowingly Without

  1. I really enjoyed this! Great advice that I’ll be sure to implement! I go by the list method! I write a daily list of 3 things I need to get done, then, once the list is complete I add 2 more not so important jobs to be done. It always leaves me feeling that I have achieved something with my day.

    1. That’s a really good way to do it actually – you make sure you get the most important things done first rather than default to something easier.

  2. I am more free form in my organisation of my time, I found that when I used to make lists that I would procrastinate more and put things off, really though that’s the mental stage I was at that time in my life and perhaps using these timetabling sheets would have helped me acheive more, how do you make sure you help the trees and cut down on paper waste by not having to print out so many though? Any tip most welcome. Now I have a more intuitive way, hard to explain really but I always try to multi-task, if for example I am going somewhere in the car I try to make sure I take things that need shifting or perhaps work for clients in close proximity, or fit in a shop item/s collection along the route. I do the same when I cycle. I used to like using a cork noticeboard for reminders. These are really nicely designed timesheets but how about a nice wallsheet?

    1. I currently put my sheets in glass frames and use them as a whiteboard (shown in the pictures). Also, the PDFs of these have sections on them that you can fill in on the computer so you don’t need to print them out. Both forms are available to download from the vault, which is open to all email subscribers.

      I could do a wallsheet, and am happy to put one in the vault, however you’d need a pretty large printer for one. I’m guessing a3 at the smallest, and not many people have printers that can manage that.

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