You can use this Monthly Planning Worksheet to plan your work time over a 4-week period.

If your overall priorities are unclear, it may be helpful to use the Navigate Your Priorities worksheet before planning your month.

Here are the steps:

(1)  Identify your “Top 3 Goals” for the month, and write them across the top of the worksheet. While you may actually work on a wider variety of assignments throughout the month, deliberating selecting only the top 3 highest priority goals will help you make critical choices each week on what is most important to you. Refer to these 3 goals throughout the month to keep yourself on track.

(2)  Block off any days where you’re not available to work on projects. This could be due to travel, vacation days, training, extensive meetings, or any other type of commitment that may consume most of the day. By blocking off these days, you’ll have a more realistic view of how much time is actually available to get work done. For example, if you have 3 days out of the office at the same time that a project due requiring 4 days worth of work, you’ll recognize that you need to allocate your time well in advance in order to meet the commitment.

(3) Starting with your highest priority project, select the specific days you’ll work on it. For example, if you have a project due in Week 3 that takes 4 days worth of work, decide proactively when you’ll actually set aside time to accomplish this. Mark that project across the days you select.

(4)  Continue scheduling each project on your Monthly Planning Worksheet until you’re satisfied that the highest priority work is captured.

Once you have your month all planned out, create a plan for the coming week using the Weekly Planning Worksheet.