We’ve taught you how to go about your day using the Polymath Planner — can you guess what’s next? 🤔 As hinted by the bolded title above, this article will show you how to plan your week through the structure of the Polymath Planner’s Weekly Game Plan and Weekly Review sections.
More Than Just Reminders
While most planners solely remind you of your daily tasks and to-dos, the Polymath Planner dives a little deeper. In fact, making progress is a main function of this planner. So, yes, you can and should cross off completed tasks within the Polymath Planner; however, this log encourages you to build upon instead of just move on.
Iterative development is one of the main cornerstones on which this planner was created. This term essentially defines the process of adjusting and measuring your approaches, actions, and outcomes. In order to encourage this habit, the Polymath Planner focuses just as much on reflection and introspection as it does productivity.
START YOUR WEEK OFF RIGHT
The Polymath Planner helps you get right to it with its Weekly Game Plan section. Each week begins with this comprehensive outline, allowing you to get to the nitty-gritty on what your upcoming week is really about.
First on the agenda: List your weekly goals.
The Weekly Game Plan outline will prompt you with a list of five goals for the week. These could be work-related, personal, and anywhere in between. Whether your weekly goals include conducting a successful interview at work or asking your longtime crush out — just write ‘em down! As long as they mean something to you, they count.
Up next: Consider your monthly goals.
Underneath your weekly goals, the planner will remind you of what you’re focusing on for the month. In addition, it will ask you to consider how your weekly and monthly goals relate. How are your weekly goals relevant in the slightly grander scheme of things?
Remember, being a polymath is about seeing the broader picture — in order to stay on track, consistency is crucial. This section can be filled out in whichever free-form way you choose, as long as it helps you to connect some of the dots.
Third Step: Work on building habits.
Each week, the Polymath Planner will ask you to list three habits you’d like to build. Similarly to aforementioned sections, there’s a lot of flexibility here. What comes to mind right off the bat?
Next to your quick list, you’ll find the Weekly Habit Tracker grid. This allows you to mark if and when you worked on building a habit throughout the week. It doesn’t have to be perfectly completed — remember, this tracker is a tool for your benefit. It will give you a clear idea on what kind of progress you’re making. THIS awareness will help you grow the best version of yourself.
One suggestion — try to start small and in increments. For example, if you’re just getting back into reading, a desired habit of reading one book a day may make you back out completely. You know what we mean? Try not to set specific standards for the habits you’re building — the smallest motion towards creating a habit is a win in itself.
Lastly: Bring it back to self-awareness.
At the end of your Weekly Game Plan page, ask yourself; how am I improving myself this week? It’s so easy to get caught up in doing to the point that we forget about being. This section offers a moment of reflection that’s all for you; it encourages you to ponder what changes are occurring within yourself.
At the end of each week, you’ll find another page devoted to a Weekly Review. This helpful log lets you honestly dissect what parts of your Weekly Game Plan worked for you, and what parts need improving.
The Weekly Review will ask if you accomplished your goals, and to what capacity. Underneath, you’ll see the question, “What can I do to make next week better?” Ahh, this is where it gets good. Progress not perfection, my friends!
By outlining what you can improve upon, you can look forward to a week that brings you one step closer to your goals. This section will also encourage you to consider just how reasonable your goals from last week were.
After this honest assessment, it’s time to focus on positivity, gratitude, and all the good stuff. 😌 The planner will ask, “What are three things that bring me happiness?” No rules here — give yourself some freedom to reflect on what truly fulfills you.
Last but definitely not least, you know how much we value the power of appreciation. End your week with this question, “Who do I have to thank this week?” You may be surprised by the amount of help you received throughout the week just by taking a moment to notice.
THAT’S A WRAP: FOR NOW
There are plenty of encouraged opportunities within the daily pages of the planner to prepare for and reflect on your week. With that being said, the Weekly Game Plan and Weekly Review sections are what will really help you to hone in on what matters.
Implement this time for preparation and reflection within your routine, and you’ll be surprised by how second nature these practices become! By changing your weekly framework and frame of mind, you’ll be on your way to polymath greatness. 💪