Many entrepreneurs and small business people use Google Calendar to track their projects. A quick way to improve your productivity is by adding Google Calendar week numbers. This allows you to track your progress on projects from week to week, instead of by month. Since months often start and end on different days and have a different number of days per month, setting up a calendar by month for longer projects can be messy at best.
Plan Your Year by Week
Planning your projects by week allows you to have a calendar that is accurate and unvarying. For example, if your workweek is five days, Monday through Friday, you can easily calculate how many weeks it will take to complete a 90-day project (90/5 = 18 weeks). Trying to do this by month with variable start and end days can become a nightmare.
An easy technique for yearly planning is to incorporate buffer weeks that may be set aside for vacation or planning. This allows you to have a number of weeks that are easily divisible for planning purposes.
- Planning your year around a 50-week calendar, allows you to easily plan out five or ten-week goals. (two buffer weeks)
- Planning Around a 48-week calendar, allows you to have four, twelve week goal periods. (four buffer weeks)
- Planning around a 48-week calendar allows you to have three, sixteen week goal periods. (four buffer weeks)
You can set up your buffer weeks throughout the year, or just add them at the end. Strategically planning these weeks allows you to take a vacation or have planning sessions at optimum times while working around a set goal period. [Read more…] about Adding Google Calendar Week Numbers