My Top 5 Planning Tips You Can Start Using Right Now

Need a few tips that can help make your planning more effective? In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast I’m sharing my top 5 planning tips you can start using today. These tips will make your planning simpler and more intentional. Tune in to hear what they are. 
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Ashley Brown  0:00 [Intro]

Need a few tips that will help make your planning more effective. In this episode of the routine things podcast, I'm sharing my top five planning tips you can start using today. These tips will make your planning simpler and more intentional. Tune in to hear what they are, let's get into it.

Ashley Brown  0:31

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Ashley Brown  1:16 

Hey, Hey, and welcome back for another episode of the routine and things podcast. Welcome, welcome. I'm so happy you're joining me today we are talking about my top five planning tips you can start using right now. I want to share these five planning tips with you because they are planning tips that I use on a weekly basis throughout my life in order to keep my planning intentional. That's the thing about planning, you want to be intentional with how you plan because when you are more intentional, you're more likely to remain in alignment with the plan that you create. And so I want to share these five awesome planning tips with you.

Ashley Brown  1:57 

So let's go ahead and get into it. This is going to be short and sweet. Tip number one, keep your core values in mind core values. Okay, these are the things that you value the most in your life like family, maybe you're a god girl. So you value God just spirituality, maybe you value love, maybe you value growth, maybe you value intentionality, right? What are your values? And I always say, you know, try to think about three core values. And when you're planning that can come up for you. Right? So if you value family, then are you having some family time baked into your plan? Or are you keeping up with the things that's going on with your family? Right? If you value that, if you value god?

Ashley Brown  2:48 

Are you doing something that connects you with god? Is that a part of your planning? If you value a clean home? Are you cleaning something in your house that's in your plan, right? Like that's what I want you to think about. If you value self growth, are you caring for yourself or developing yourself in a way throughout your week on that plan. So that's why core values can be really important for you to think about as you're planning because they keep you in alignment with what you value in life. And when we stay in alignment with what we value we feel better in life. So that is the first tip. Keep your core values in mind. And you can go research ways to figure out your core values.

 Ashley Brown  3:31 

It's a lot of research out there about how to figure out your core values. But once you can kind of think about three, three to five core values. This can help you to be intentional with your planning. The second planning tip is the brain dump. First, you've heard me say this before. You know I'm a huge advocate for brain dumping. It is always in our planners, I love a good brain dump because it's helpful for your mental health. It is really all for your mental health and it helps you to plan with more intention. It helps you to be more mindful in your planning and what you decide to do or not do because when you have so much swirling around in your head that is not going to help you intentionally plan.


Ashley Brown  4:10 

That's going to lead you to thinking that everything that's in your head is important when everything that's in your head is not always important for when you're planning right like everything your head may not be important this week but it's in there swirling around you keep thinking about it or maybe it's not as important as something else. But you think it is because you haven't brain dumped it out. So brain dumping is so helpful for you to first do when you sit down to plan I don't care if you think you don't have anything on your mind write down what's on your mind. It can be anything can be what I need to do. I need to take the chicken tonight I need to make sure I remind hubby to do this.

Ashley Brown  4:47 

I need to make sure that I make that appointment for the kids. I'm need to make sure I make that dermatologist appointment for myself. I'm thinking about my stuff right now. Right it's the things that's in your head, dump it out. It could be like, I'm just stressed. And just write, I'm stressed. That's it, you just write , I'm stressed on there. So that is so helpful for you to brain dump. Alright, start brain dumping first before you try to prioritize brain dump first. The third planning tip is to plan based upon your capacity rather than time. Hear me out with this. I know many of us love a good time blocking. I'm not a huge fan of time blocking personally, but I know that it works for some, and some of us really love it.

Ashley Brown  5:32 

The thing about planning based upon time, is it doesn't really factor in your energy. And so I'm saying plan based upon your capacity and capacity is time and energy. Don't just plan based upon time factor both in how much time do you have? How much energy can you exert plan based upon that? How much energy do you have in your day, you know, for us, as women, many of us, especially if you still have that monthly friend that wants to come visit in certain times of the month, that energy level, just dips, it dips. And so if you just factor in the time that you have, you can think you can do a whole bunch, but then think about that energy level, then you start to scale back some and be like, hold up, I might have the time but I don't have the energy this week or the energy today.

Ashley Brown  6:22 

And that needs to be factored into the equation when you are planning. So rather than planning based upon time plan based upon your capacity, how much time do you have and how much energy do you have, and that's going to help you make your planning more realistic is going to be more intentional, so that you can better follow through with the plan that you put in place. All right, let's move on to tip number four, spread out your larger task, please and thank you. Spread out your larger task, please avoid putting large tasks on one day, for example, sometimes what we'll do is that I'm gonna do laundry on Tuesday, you're gonna do laundry on wait, you're gonna do all the laundry on Tuesday, or you're gonna do a load of laundry on Tuesday, which one you which one is that, right?

Ashley Brown  7:09 

Because if you're saying a load of laundry on Tuesday, okay, I get that. But if you're like, I'm gonna just do all of the laundry on Tuesday, maybe they don't work for you. And maybe you need to spread it out, like maybe you need to wash and dry on Tuesday, maybe you need to fold on Wednesday, then maybe put away the clothes on Thursday, maybe that might be more realistic and manageable for you. So spread out your larger tasks. And that's all about task management, which helps with time management, you have to be able to understand when something is too much to get done on one day. And this also depends on like tasks that use a lot of your mental space.

Ashley Brown  7:45 

That too, because sometimes we think that oh, because it's not a physical task, we think, Oh, well, it's not going to take a lot of time. But if the task is very mental, that might need to be broken out, you may have to like divide that task amongst a few days in order for it to not take a lot of energy from you. So remember this spread out your larger tasks, you do not have to get it all done in one day, Rome was not built in the day. Remember that Rome was not built in a day. So don't try to get really big tasks done in a day, spread it out throughout your week. And that's going to make it a lot more manageable for you to get done.

Ashley Brown  8:26 

Okay, so that's the fourth tip. And then tip number five is to put yourself on the list. You need to be putting something for you and only you on your list. Stop planning and not including yourself in your plan. How are you thinking about to get all this stuff done? How do you think you're going to be able to move throughout your week with more ease and more intention? If you are not making sure you are factoring yourself into the equation your wellness is what I’m specifically talking about? What are you doing to maintain your wellness to treat yourself well as you are managing all of these things. As you are working with your partner to manage all of these things? How do you think that's going to happen?

Ashley Brown  9:08 

If you're not taking care of yourself? Well, you have to factor yourself in put yourself on the list every single week. And if you plan every single day, every single day, you need to be added to the list. That's a non negotiable. Let me say that again. That's a non negotiable you need to be doing things for you. I don't care if that's just I'm gonna sit and look out the window for five minutes today. I'm gonna go for a 15 minute walk today. I'm going to call my mama today and chit chat with her because that makes me feel good. I'm going to text my best friend what is in here for you. That's gonna bring you some joy, feel your spirit lift your mood, put it on the list.

Ashley Brown  9:44 

Those are the five tips I told you short and sweet. Tip number one Keep your core values in mind. Tip number two brain dump first tip number three plan based upon capacity rather than time. Tip number four, spread out your larger tasks and then tip number five put yourself on the list, those are my top five planning tips for you. You can get started with those today today. The next time you plan keep these tips in mind, write them down. If you need to rewind this back, jot them down, put it in your phone, so you can look at and refer back to this list when you plan because these are helpful. That's it for today. I'm really hoping that this was beneficial for you.

Ashley Brown  10:25 

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Ashley Brown  11:03 [Outro]

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