Last Sunday’s lesson in my ongoing course in structure in Sweden’s major morning paper Dagens Nyheter was about how to create the perfect week.
In English, it translates as follows:
“Create the perfect week
Sure, we can allow for our weeks to just turn out however and adapt ourselves and our work accordingly, but we will experience more efficient and enjoyable work days if we make conscious decisions on how we want our weeks to be. Design your ideal week and try your best to make it happen.
Take a moment to consider:
- Do you have a day without meetings?
- Are there particular tasks you prefer doing in before noon?
- Do you check your e-mail at a certain time every day?
- Do you let yourself go home early on Fridays?
- Do you have lunch with a friend once a week?
- Do you set aside time to reflect?
- When do you prefer making sales-calls?
- When are you always available?
- When do you prefer to travel?
Some calendar-software can display bookings from calendars in different programs in the same window. Create a “norm-calendar” to compare with in order to plan your week according to your desires. Or, schedule the “norm-bookings” with the status “Free” so that they do not hinder you when you schedule meetings.
If you set the standard for how you want your weeks to turn out, they will indeed become more to your liking and less according to how other people plan theirs. If you make an effort to realize your standardized week, you will soon obtain a work-rhythm which gradually approaches your ideal. “