If you're feeling like you're on a never-ending version of one of those moving walkway things you find in airports (also apparently known as an autowalk, moving pavement, moving sidewalk, people-mover, travolator, or travelator), you're not alone. I feel like I stepped on one at the beginning of the school year way back in August, expecting it to move kind of slowly before speeding up somewhere near the holidays. Instead, it whisked me off at the speed of light and we haven't stopped since. I'm hoping to come up for air somewhere in December once the university and school semesters end.
I don't know about you but I definitely feel like I have some kind of over-scheduling-related motion sickness. Trying to take a breath and get some fresh air while everything moves around me is about as much of a break as I can manage. It feels like I am literally juggling all the balls, and some nut keeps throwing more at me, in multiples of three. It's a lot.
One thing that is helping me to not drop everything through the cracks is taking Monday morning - or Sunday night if I'm a bit more on top of things - to really look at what I have to do for the next week, really trying to hone in on what actually matters by remembering what my actual goal is. Focusing on the stuff that matters, so you can quietly drop the things that don't helps get that to-do list down from a bajillion to maybe only a million. It's better.
I tried various ways to format my thoughts, from journaling to using my to-do list app, to writing a giant list in my paper planner. Nothing was really sticking so I designed a weekly overview dashboard designed to help keep everything that matters where I need to see it, so I can ditch the stuff that really doesn't matter. There's space to put down all my commitments on the calendar, a box to write out the most important stuff and a list for to-do's. With boxes to write down my weekly focus and goals, plus notes and ideas, I can keep my eye on the bigger picture without forgetting the tiny details. A habit or metric tracker and a box for notes for next week round this out to make a super helpful tool that's great to come back to whenever life feels like it is starting to go off the rails.
I was going to list it for sale as part of the new Printables | Digital Planner Downloads collection that I just added to the site, but I thought that maybe I should give it away. After all, if you're feeling as exhausted by mid-afternoon Monday as you were on Friday night, maybe you could do with a little pick-me-up-and-refocus too. You can sign up in the box below and I'll email it to you.
The file comes as a digital download which you can print at home and use as many times as your like. The files are formatted for US letter size and A4 size, and you can choose a Monday or Sunday start to suit how you plan your weeks. I really hope it helps give you a little breathing room around all the things you have to do. Grab it below and let me know if it's helpful! ⇩
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