Days turn into weeks turn into months turn into years. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are probably stuck in a routine. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t necessarily see routine as a bad thing – but it sure can be dull, without challenge and most importantly: without any results. So, for your productivity’s sake, I’d like to introduce you to daily themes. More specifically: you will learn how to theme your days for more fun and efficiency in your weeks!

Let me start by explaining why you should consider daily themes in the first place. You see, ‘routine’ weeks tend to be aimless. ‘Let’s stick with it and see what happens’ used to be one of those horrendous quotes I was occasionally throwing around. And as time ticked by, I was slowly becoming more lazy and ignorant. This kind of backfired to the point of me being bored 24/7 and not finding any challenge or fun in my daily activities.

I had to make a small (but consistent) change

But what would put an end to those long weeks of procrastination? At first I didn’t have a single clue. It wasn’t until I watched some inspiring TED talks that a thought hit me: I have complete responsibility over the amount of satisfaction I get out of a day. And in order to make my days more fun, I knew I had to do something ‘special’ to them. That’s when I decided to label my days with themes, and add some activities to them. It was the start of my first Theme Your Days Planner!

What on earth is a THEME YOUR DAYS planner?!

Yeah, I might have to work on that title – it’s not quite as dashing I imagined it to be. Still, it covers the idea for now. The Theme Your Days Planner is a list of your daily themes + the activities you would like to do on those days. Let me show you how this works for me in my personal life:

  • Monday = productivity day – which means I set my new goals for the week and write a blog
  • Tuesday = learn something new – every Tuesday I want to read some chapters of a book, watch a TED talk or documentary and read some useful articles to educate myself
  • Wednesday = connect to yourself – so: taking a yoga class, cooking a nice dish and spending time practicing self love and personal development
  • Thursday = eat the frog – on Thursday I need to do something I have been putting off, like scheduling some appointments or cleaning the house
  • Friday = language day – as you might know, I’m currently learning Slovakian to connect with my boyfriend’s family and friends – so on Fridays I want to finish one course assingment, watch a Slovakian dubbed movie and learn at least 5 new words or sentences
  • Weekends = sit back and relax – during the weekends I want to regain my energy for the next week, clean the house and eat (or bake) something fancy

How to make this work for yourself

You can choose how and when to apply your weekly themes routine. But, as I like to help you out, I designed a free Theme Your Days Planner which is available in my Free Resources Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can download it over here:


Once you printed out your planner, you can start writing your daily themes in the boxes! It doesn’t have to be about your personal life – you can also use it in the office or even to take notes during the week. I will be tweaking my daily themes in the next weeks – to see where it’s working and what needs to be improved. Let me know what works best for you in the comments!

– Olga

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24-year old productivity nerd. Or noob. Sometimes both. Incredibly interested in helping you reach your (daily) goals. Obsessed with cats, Tolkien, (minimalist) bullet journaling and self help books. Just wants to do everything perfectly – therefore infamous user of the #FAIL hashtag. Likes her coffee black and her tea strong. Put your goals where I can see them!

11 Comments

  1. Loved this post! Especially the idea of “eat the frog” Thursday….that’s an important one for me! I’ll definitely be thinking about what theme days I can incorporate into my life 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! Cheers, Mary Jane

    • Thank you Mary Jane! Yes, I knew I had to incorporate a day which is slightly less fun, but still productive on the longer run 🙂 Let me know when you created your own setup!

  2. I love this idea so much!! I can’t wait to try it! I love the Monday! Planning out the week and using a weekly goal to achieve things will help me focus so much .. talk about being productive :)! Awesome!! what are your favorite TED talks :)?

  3. Love this idea! I block out my hours for the week in advance to make sure I prioritize things that must get done, but really think I need to try theming my days rather than jumping around like I do…. thanks for the tips!

  4. I definitely have to work more on theming my days. I tend to jump around which I know is terrible for my efficiency.

    • Haha, it sounds kind of weird – I agree :D! But I’m glad that you like it, let me know when you give it a go 🙂

  5. I really love how you’ve themed your days of the week, such a great idea to boost productivity!

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