Productivity July 27, 2020

Do you plan your weeks?

Antonio

I do and I gotta say it's the thing that has sky-rocketed my productivity.

In August 2017 my girlfriend came up with an idea. We'd grab a whiteboard and list our life goals on one half, and on the other half the tasks that we would do that week. At the end of the week, we sat down for 15 minutes to talk about the progress we made and plan the following week. We've been doing that for almost 3 years now and we've achieved so many things!

Our first board

We used to take a picture of the whiteboard at the end of each week to have some kind of backlog and we put a score to each week (1 task = 1 point) to make it more fun. Every 6 months or so, we reviewed the pictures and analyzed all the progress we made.

Last year, I decided I wanted to build and launch a product, so I added it to the whiteboard. Planning the weeks and putting them on a whiteboard seemed like the perfect idea for the product itself so I started working on it. I finished the MVP in March and we've been using it since then. We've been polishing it and adding new features, like a habit tracker.

If you want to try it out, you can try the public demo that we built or request early access on our webpage. We hope people find it as useful as it's been for us.

If you plan your weeks, how do you do it? What things do you include? Do you spend some time doing a review at the end?

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    That's a pretty interesting approach. I'm doing less formal planning with the help of Basecamps check-in feature. The system automatically asks me every Monday morning what my weekly plans are? I take a couple of minutes and answer the question.

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      I havent tried basecamp before but that feature looks super useful. Does it remind you somehow those plans during the week?

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        Not directly but you can add a daily check-in as well with somehow the same question: What are your plans today?

        It reminds you to stay on track.

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