There will always be 7 days of 24 hours

By johannatime On July 30, 2015 Under Getting Organised

‘It’s already Thursday!’ As if no one saw that coming? There are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week for everybody. It’s been this way for ages and it will not change, so let’s implement this sequence in order to never let the end of the week come by surprise ever again. A week is a wonderful and manageable chunk of time. It’s just short enough to easily oversee and work through and it is quite big enough to get some reasonal bits of work done without being overwhelmed.


Traditionally Monday is the first day of a work week. If you had a good weekend, you are well rested and ready to take on some work. Set goals for this week. Deligate to and communicate with coworkers and other professionals what you need from them and when as early as possible.


Somehow, Tuesday often is meeting day. Both recurring and ad hoc meetings happen to land on Tuesdays more than any other day. Meetings take time and you end up with to do’s on your list, that’s a fact of life. So less time and more to do. Be prepared and allocate some time to process any work that comes from meetings, whatever day of the week it is.


If you love your work, you can’t believe you’re already halfway for this week. If you hate it, you hang on to the thought that the weekend begins the day after tomorrow. Either way, Wednesday is a natural reflection moment of your week. Look back on your goals, look ahead on your calendar, adjust and renegotiate if needed.


Another meeting day, and on top of that, courses, annual and quarterly events (and there’s at least one every fortnight), are also often planned for Thusdays (and Fridays). Do your planning well: if your schedule allows for it and your colleagues are away, focus on quiet work time. If you attend an event, don’t count on the Thursday that week, to do the work you need to do.


Did you meet your goals and deadlines? Do a good review on Friday morning. If anything irregular comes up, you can have it fixed by the end of the day. By reviewing on Friday, you take all pressure off the weekend. It’s like going on a holiday. Other than spending a good hour or two on the review, make sure you leave Fridays for unexpected emergency work. If there’s none, spend time on low urgency high importance work.

Saturday and Sunday

For many, one of these days has a crammed schedule with house work and exercise and the other one is for rest and spontaneous (social) activities. Consider Parkinson’s Law before trying to catch up with work on the weekend. Instead, do nothing.


Every week you have exactly 168 hours for work, travel, social, family, exercise, rest and sleep. By being productive you can buy time for whatever is most valuable in your life. Note that there is a different week for everyone. Some will have their weekends on other days, and not everyone will have regular weekly activities. Also, you may wish to review work earlier in the week or on the Sunday everning. Still, your week is a consistent and reliable 7 day cycle you could use as a lever to make your life and work better manageable and more productive. What’s your week like? Please comment below:

Johanna Jansen

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