Earlier this week I explained that I was going to use an eco-friendly notebook as an hourly planner since I wasn't able to find an eco-friendly hourly planner. For me, having an hourly planner is important because it helps me manage my time better and set end times for tasks. Without my time scheduled out, I can get too hung up on details and fail to complete things that I really wanted to get done. Unlike day planners with a squishy box for each day, hourly agendas let me see exactly how much time I have in a day and how I will use that time. Here I will use Mighty Paper Shop's vintage notebook to show you how I've been scheduling out my days lately.
I am using a wall calendar to schedule out my year and months so that I don't have to carry around the extra weight in a planner when I don't need to. To first make a weekly spread, I'm looking at my monthly plan on the wall, setting one to three main goals for the week and then dividing the goals into tasks throughout the week. Do excuse the messing writing (my planners are very rarely neat and tidy). To make it quick to write, I've just reduced the name of the day to the first letter.
Under the day of the week, I write the main tasks I want to complete in order to reach my main goals for the week. For me, it is important not only to schedule out my work load but also to plan things that restore my spirit, creativity and relationships so as not to get burnt out.
Then I will turn the page, and give a whole spread to plan out the first day of the week. To make your first planned day, I would include all of the hours you want to be awake for. This helps me actually do fun things as well as if I have an appointment that I can't miss. Otherwise, I can accidentally just continue working instead of recharging and then eventually get burn out. I also like to put my numbers over the lines and then leave at least one line in between each number to make a clear half hour mark.
For my main goals for the day, I usually just transfer the tasks that I wrote under the day of the week on my weekly schedule. Then, I outline the time I want to take to complete those tasks and the steps I will make to do it. By doing this, we keep breaking up seemingly large tasks into manageable and realistic ones. Being able to see some fun, restorative things planned out at the end of the day also gives me excitement and motivation for my work.
Make this for each day of the week and then repeat for the next week! This obviously doesn't need to be neat and tidy, it just needs to be comprehended by you. What I like about this simple, make-it-yourself method is that you can personalize it to fit your schedule and the size of notebook you want to carry around. No need to haul around a textbook-sized planner!