Increase Your Focus and Reduce Stress with Monthly Planning




It’s the first week of the month… have you reviewed and planned your time and tasks?


Yeah, I know that life can be unpredictable, but nevertheless it’s important to plan things out as best you can.


By planning your month, you begin to see the patterns that emerge, and once you see the patterns emerge you gain a sense of the rhythm of your life, What I mean by that is, depending on your line of work and the personal or family commitments, you will notice that often there is a natural ebb and flow to each week.


Some weeks are crazy busy with a lot of meetings and/or deliverables, while other weeks may have fewer obligations, thus providing you the opportunity for a moment or two of balance.


When I was in high school, I scored in the 98th percentile of spatial relations on an aptitude test. At the time, I asked the counselor what I could do with that natural skill – she wasn’t really sure.



Later in life, I realized that my aptitude for spatial relations manifested itself when I could pack good trunk, cram a week’s worth of clothes and shoes into one carry on suitcase, and fill almost every waking moment of my life with “important” things to do.


I wouldn’t actually recommend this strategy as an overbooked life often leads to stress related health problems.


Don’t treat your calendar like a game of Tetris and cram something into every possible spot – this strategy will not serve you well. Take the time (20 to 30 minutes) to review every aspect of life, work, health, family, sports, community, etc.


Capture and calendar all key tasks and appointments so that you are not blindsided by something obvious like a family birthday, anniversary, or important deadline.


Thirty minutes of planning can save you tons of stress and heartache.

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