Learning how to make a schedule is an essential element in creating a happier life.
It’s unrealistic to think that everything on our calendar will be perfectly spaced out all the time. Some seasons are simply busier than others.
But while we can’t always avoid the chaos, we can find comfort and confidence by working to organize it.
Creating a schedule allows you to control what you can control, laying out your to-dos in a way that makes the most sense to you. It also makes life a little more predictable, so you can be mentally prepared for what’s ahead.
So if you want to eliminate unnecessary stress, anxiety, and overwhelm in your life, learning how to make a schedule is important. And it doesn’t take much work.
Scroll down to learn how to make a schedule that’s easy and manageable.
These tips can apply to creating a daily schedule and creating a weekly schedule, both of which I recommend you do. Planning the week gives you a high-level snapshot of what’s ahead, while planning the day allows you to get granular.
How to Create a Schedule – 7 Tips to Make Life Easier
1. start with the essentials
The first step in creating a schedule is plugging in the things you have to do – like going to work, grocery shopping, cooking, paying bills, cleaning, etc.
This ensures these things get done, as boring as they can be. It also allows you to see how much time you have in your schedule for other things.
2. prioritize your priorities
Who we become in life is a direct reflection of the things we prioritize.
That said, when you sit down to create a schedule you should always block off time for your priorities – the activities that will lead you to your ideal life.
For example, my health is one of my priorities. I want to be a healthy person. So I make sure to block off time for at least 5, 30-minute workouts every week. I also schedule time for meal planning to control what I’m putting into my body.
Another one of my priorities is personal development. I never want to stop learning and bettering myself. So I block off time to read at least 1 chapter of a personal growth book every day.
Perhaps you want to maintain a healthy relationship with your significant, then you could schedule a weekly date night.
Or if you want take on a hobby, you could block of time for that, too. Just make it a point to do the things that are truly important to you; The things that point you in a positive direction.
3. Do the Hard Things First
Some tasks just feel harder to do than others (or just more annoying, lol). Because of this, it can be tempting to push them off.
It’s these things you should try to do first, especially if they’re essential like paying bills.
I use this example because this is something that pains me, lol. Not because I hate giving up my hard earned money, lol, but because I hate logging into all of the various systems.
Stupid, I know. But at least I know myself! And because of this I make sure to batch this work. I get everything paid in the same sitting at the beginning of the month, every month.
4. try to optimize tasks
You want to make the most out of your time, right?
Optimizing your tasks will help you to do just that.
Are there to-dos on your schedule that require you to be in the same area? Are there things, like paying some of your bills, that can be automated?
Optimizing tasks will simplify your schedule and ultimately simplify your life.
5. brain dump daily
When you keep everything in your head, it takes up a ton of mental energy. Focusing and making decisions becomes difficult, too.
Keeping a brain dump list will help you to mentally declutter without forgetting the important, but non-urgent things that pop into your head throughout the day.
You can keep a brain dump list on your phone or in your journal. And when you do have space in your schedule, you can reference it to fill in the gaps.
6. leave space
Going off of my last comment, don’t go overboard on filling in the gaps in your schedule.
Leaving space in your schedule gives you time to breathe, reflect, or be spontaneous if you so choose.
When life gets overly planned, it feels rigid. And what’s the fun in that?
7. Give Yourself Grace
You can do anything, but not everything. So you have to be flexible and give yourself grace!
While you might intend on working out 5 days per week, an unexpected busy week at work could derail your plans. And that’s okay.
Truly, all you can do is your best. And heck, an unexpectedly slow week at work could provide the opportunity to make up for the busy one!
Life’s not about creating perfect balance, it’s about finding harmony.
In the book Amotic Habits, James Clear discusses the idea of never missing twice. And that’s what I recommend you do.
If you miss a daily or weekly intention, accept that. But don’t miss that same intention the next day or week, otherwise your behavior could become a habit.
I hope that by learning how to make a schedule your life starts to feel a little bit lighter. At the very least, I hope it feels more manageable, because you can’t enjoy it if you’re constantly stressed and overwhelmed.
If you haven’t yet, head on over to my shop to check out the planner pads I have available. I made these simple planners so that you can plan your weeks and days and ultimately create a happier life. And you get a discount if you buy them in bundles (reflected in price point). Visit the shop to check them out before you go!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading. Don’t be a stranger!