My number one favorite health, life, and productivity hack is Weekly Planning. Of all the things I do, the act of sitting down and reviewing my life each week has had the biggest impact on my quality of life. For me, my biggest window of quiet time is early Sunday morning, but anytime you can find an hour in your week will do. I make myself the Best Ever Almond Milk Latte (see recipe below), sit down with my laptop, and ask myself the following questions:
- How do I feel right now? How is my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health?
- What is my body asking for this week? What is my spirit asking for?
- What went well last week? What were my successes?
- What were my challenges last week? How could I have navigated them better? How did these challenges actually benefit me and what did I learn from them?
- What are three specific things that I am grateful for?
- What are my goals for the week ahead? How do I want to feel this week? What are the top three things I would like to achieve this week?
- What events do I have on my calendar? What do I need to do to prepare for them?
- What are my anticipated challenges for the week? What can I do to manage these challenges ahead of time?
- What is my workout schedule for the week (I put these in my calendar as appointments)
- What meals am I going to make this week? What new recipes am I going to try? (I create a grocery list based on my weekly meal ideas)
- What is one thing that I am going to do to nourish myself this week?
- What is one thing that I am going to do to move forward on my biggest goal or dream this week?
- What subjects or resources do I want to look into this week?
- What is my affirmation or theme for the week?
I create a new “note” in Evernote to write everything down and keep all of my weekly planning docs in one “notebook” so that the content is easily searchable. This way, when I’m feeling “off”, I can go back and review the weeks that I was feeling empowered and energized and see what it was that I was doing. By keeping track from week-to-week, I also have a better perspective on the progress that I am making in my life. If we are too forward-focused, we start feeling drained and burnt out. But when we can reflect and see that the energy and effort that we put into our life is creating change and furthering our personal evolution, we feel inspired and motivated to continue to grow and expand. Reflecting on our progress brings us deeper satisfaction and enjoyment of the journey so that we don’t simply go from one goal to the next without appreciating the triumphs that we were striving so hard to achieve.
When I first began doing this weekly planning, I would schedule it on my calendar to be sure that I took this time for myself. The process is so beneficial and grounding for me that it quickly turned into a weekly ritual that I rarely miss. Living life by design minimizes our tendency to live moment-to-moment, or worse, crisis-to-crisis. On busy weekends, I may push my planning to Monday or do an abbreviated version of the process, but taking time each week to reflect is my gift to myself and my way of making sure that I am making the most out of my life.
Best Ever Almond Milk Latte
- 6-8 oz. French press organic coffee (I usually use Bulletproof Brand)
- 1 cup (or more to taste) homemade unsweetened almond milk (I make the almond milk fresh as my coffee brews…it’s easier than you think! Here’s a great step-by-step from OhSheGlows.com , you just have to soak the almonds the night before)
- 1/2 to 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil or MCT oil (healthy fats for your brain and body, I use Purium brand coconut oil or Upgraded MCT oil)
- 5-8 drops English Toffee Sweet Leaf Stevia
Heat up the almond milk on the stove on low-heat (be careful not to let it boil or overheat), then add to high-speed blender like a Vitamix with the other ingredients and whip up until frothy.
What weekly rituals do you have that keep you healthy and sane? Share with us in the comments below!