I’m a planner by nature. I love planning ahead, thinking through details, and fine-tuning the future. I realize not everyone shares my love of to-do lists and preparation, so I’ve put together a list of what I do each weekend, usually on Sunday, to ensure you have a smooth following week.
It really is the simple things that set me up for a successful week. My mind isn’t cluttered with a million different things. There’s peace in knowing things are taken care of! Here is my strategy and what I recommend:
Wash your sheets & make your bed
Even if you don’t care to make your bed each morning, take the time to wash your sheets on the weekend and return them to your bed, fresh and clean. It’s amazing how wonderful it feels to climb into a fresh, made bed on Sunday night! Plus, it’s a great reminder to put the previous week behind you, and start fresh in the week to come.
Do all your laundry & choose outfits for the entire week
I’ve been choosing my outfit the night before for many years now…and even though it takes just a few minutes in the evening to choose an outfit it’s even better choose a variety of outfit choices on the weekend, hanging them with their jewelry, and choosing one each morning of the week.
I like to pick out and hang up more than five choices on the weekend because some mornings I’m feeling one way, and others I feel differently. Another bonus? I make sure to use my entire wardrobe, instead of sticking with my few comfortable go-to outfits.
Pick out gym clothes for the entire week and pack them all
Just like with my work wardrobe, I pick out my gym outfit for each day of the week and pack them all in my gym bag. By throwing all the week’s outfits into my bag, all I have to do is put the bag in my car on Monday morning and grab it when I go to the gym each evening after work. After I work out, I carry my dirty clothes into the house and put them in the hamper. The next day, the same thing. No guesswork. This leaves no room for excuses as to not being able to hit the gym because you did not bring your gym stuff with you.
Meal Prep for the Week
I find cooking and preparing food very relaxing and peaceful, so I enjoy putting together lunches and dinners for the week. It make sense for you to prepare the week’s worth of meals on the weekend, you can make up some items, like grilled chicken or pasta, salad, quinoa and vegetables and they’ll easily stay fresh all week. Not only will this make your week more efficient it will help you to stay on track with healthy eating
Clean the House
Like changing your sheets, emptying your trashcans, cleaning the bathrooms, the kitchen and vacuuming is an excellent way to do away with the past week and reset for the week ahead. I always feel great waking up on Monday morning knowing there are no bathrooms to clean when I get home from work
Create a TO DO List
One of the last things I do before I get to bed on Sunday night is check my calendar for the week and craft a relevant to-do list. This typically includes anything from items to purchase at the grocery store, to people I should call and catch up with, to bills that need to be paid, to blog posts I’d like to write, to things I want to do, to goals for the next seven days. Writing down what I need to get done clears my head of the madness and truly helps me to refocus for the week ahead.
Restock your refrigerator and pantry
Make sure to take a trip to the grocery store over the weekend to restock your kitchen–both the fridge and the pantry. There’s nothing worse than coming home from work to find that you have absolutely nothing in the fridge. Instead, carve out time to get to the grocery store. I try to avoid the grocery store as much as I can when it’s chaotic and crowded, so I like to go early or late on Saturday or Sunday. I’ve also been known to make a quick stop on Friday night.
After a week full of meetings, commuting and mainly being indoors be sure to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, you would be amazed at how great and refreshed you feel whether you take your dog for a walk, get your completive side going on a hike or just do some gardening, fresh air gives you energy to start your week off right.
What do you do to prepare for your week ahead?