Earlier this summer, superblogger Michael Hyatt wrote about his “Ideal Week,” including a link to the spreadsheet he uses for this exercise. His Ideal Week can be found here.
A few weeks later, another great blogger, Rachel Held Evans, wrote about “A simple chart that explains why I am less successful than Mike Hyatt.” Her hilarious (and I think, much more realistic) version can be found here.
Well, I am not nearly as famous as either Hyatt or Evans, but their posts did get me thinking about my Ideal Week. If I were to design a productive and restorative week, what would it look like?
At this stage in life, I actually have two Ideal Weeks: one for the summer, and one for the school year, when I have the house to myself. Here is my school-year Ideal Week, using Hyatt’s template:
Not only does my Ideal Week change depending on the boys’ schedules, it also changes depending on the season. During the summer, I try to run earlier in the day to beat the heat; in the winter, I wait until late morning, when it has (hopefully) warmed up a bit. And the realities of parenthood and ministry mean that there is never truly an Ideal Week, according to the spreadsheet, but most weeks are pretty ideal anyway because we’re doing what God has called us to do.
What would your Ideal Week look like?