Why Having a Weekly Planning Routine May Not Be OptionalMar 01, 2022
The wisdom that came through from Archangel Sachiel (also known as Zadkiel) yesterday during my morning meditation was unexpected and yet interesting: planning one's week can be a sacred and important act.
I already knew this at a gut level, and it is why I created the Soulful Living Planner for myself and my community. But to hear the words come directly from on high surprised and delighted me. Really? I just never imagined an archangel with a planner in their hand. :-)
Well, obviously the angels don't need planners! But we humans sure can benefit, and Sachiel knew I needed a personal reminder of this yesterday as I've been a bit loosey goosey lately with my planning routine and feeling ungrounded because of it.
I know some people who are so naturally organized or have such freedom in their schedules that they don't need to plan how they will spend their time. But then there are the rest of us. If you are, or have an inkling that you might be, in this last group, read on for some inspiration...
Three Reasons Why Weekly Planning Is So Valuable
Here are just a few of the reasons why setting some time aside each week to plan is so useful.
- It helps you be more intentional about how you are going to spend your week
- It helps create peace of mind, as you move your mental to-do list to a physical to-do list, scheduled realistically across the days of the week
- If you are super busy, it gives you a chance to recognize your limits (you can only get so much done in a week) and if you have a less busy schedule, it provides you an opportunity to add structure to your week so you can use time in a valuable fashion rather than feeling aimless when stretches of free time arise
Planning is a sacred act because it helps you to live your life in sync with your higher purpose, and because it can reduce your stress levels, making it easier for you to stay connected to your higher self. Win, win!
Professional Certified Coach Julie Cohen believes planning is so important that she has made it one of her 7 keys to work-life balance (you can check out her book by the same name here).
If you have a weekly planning routine that you know and like but have gotten rusty in using it, here is your friendly reminder to value it's importance and consider getting back into the consistent groove with it.
If you don't have a weekly planning routine to turn to, I encourage you to consider scheduling 30-60 minutes into your week to plan for the week ahead. Try this for four weeks in a row, and see how your mood and your life change for the better!
You can keep things simple by adding tasks to an online calendar in weekly viewing mode or by jotting tasks on a paper calendar or a sheet of computer paper with the days of the week, written at the top. Do light some candles, play some relaxing music, work in a quiet area, and/or work on a clean and lovely desk. This elevates the act of planning to a more sacred experience and makes it oh-so enjoyable!
If you'd like a little more support with your planning process, check out the Soulful Living Planner, which offers (along with much more) weekly planning pages + monthly focus pages (Happy March!) to help you plan the next four weeks in sync with your top three priorities.
You can check out an example of weekly planning pages here to get your planning juices flowing or to see the planning process that I use. Let me know if you have any questions, and happy soulful, intentional planning! May it bring you peace of mind and greater connection to your higher self and your higher purpose.
Suzanne Bellavista, M.S., is a spiritual life coach and astrologer, based in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to teach people how to use astrology as a tool for self-understanding and conscious life design.
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