I told my wife I wouldn’t drink tonight.  Besides, I got a big day tomorrow.   …actually a pretty nice little Saturday.  We’re gonna go to Home Depot.  Yeah, buy some wallpaper; maybe get some flooring, stuff like that.  Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond, I don’t know.  I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.

– Will Ferrell as “Frank the Tank” (Old School)

I’ve been away from blogging for a while, and it’s been a long time since I posted any new content.   I figured I would ease back into things with another simple template

This one is aimed at simplifying your weekend planning process. I know we all have our various systems for managing our tasks and to-do lists, but for those of you have who have spouses or significant others, you may find that your task management systems are not really compatible.  (Read, “My wife isn’t into GTD, productivity apps, or nerdy web sites”.)  In addition to that, you may both have some pretty ambitious (and potentially conflicting) plans going into the weekend.  Since we have young kids, we can’t just each run off in our own directions and do as we please. I have found that sitting down with my wife at the kitchen table on Friday night after the kids are in bed and sketching out a plan for the weekend can alleviate a lot of stress and avoid some major conflicts.  This gives us a chance to let each other know what our expectations are for the weekend, what we would like to accomplish, and where we need help/time.



The best medium for this for us seems to be good ole pen and paper.  To speed things along, I’ve created the template shown here. I keep a small stack of these printed (double-sided) in the kitchen.  The front side of the template contains a simple task list arranged into columns.  Each task row has a space to indicate status (see key at the top of the page), a space to indicate priority (A/B/C), and a space for the task itself.  To fill in this page, I would recommend Read the rest of this entry »