I’m the first person to admit that there are a lot of areas that I can improve in. However, if I can do nothing else well, it’s planning and preparing- I strike a good balance between planning and actually doing. (Many people who plan will spend the majority of their time planning, leaving no time for doing.) It has taken me a few years to nail down my preparations for the week, but now that I’ve honed it, I’ve eliminated a lot of unnecessary stress and work. These are four easy ways to start your week off on the right foot!
I would say that I am a morning person. That being said, I don’t necessarily want to spend more time than I have to getting ready in the morning- I like to move about my routine quietly without having to rush like a madman. I have some friends who detest the mornings and do as little as possible. So, if nothing else, these tips will leave you with a little more time to sleep in in the morning! (Some of them may also help you save a little money along the way, which usually isn’t a bad thing…)
Check Your Schedule for the Week
Do you kn ow what’s happening for your schedule for that week? Do you have a meeting at week that you need to be in a suit for? Or a meeting that requires a bit of a walk that needs comfortable shoes? Or even that you won’t be home for two or three evenings in a row? Looking ahead makes life so much easier in the long run. A lot of us will put things off with “I can do it in the morning,” but that leaves most of us lazily throwing things together or skipping them altogether. You might need to pack things up a few days earlier, you might need to do your laundry on a different day, you might even need to head to bed early- do what you have to make your life pleasant and enjoyable! I know that I need my gym clothes washed and ready to go for Monday, so I wash them on Saturday or Sunday morning so they are dried and ready to go by dinner on Sunday.
Do You Know What You Are Eating? Food Planning
I’m not going to get into excessive meal prep here, as there are enough Pins, Facebook groups, and Instagram accounts to fill your brain ten times over. However, I do ensure that I have my lunch for Monday and Tuesday made and in the fridge, ready to go on Sunday night- I am busy on Monday nights and I can’t guarantee that I will have time to make a lunch for Tuesday, so I get both of them done at once! And although I don’t make five lunches at once (because most food doesn’t really hold up until day five), I do ensure that I have an idea of what I’ll be having for lunch. A lot of our time is spent trying to figure out what we are going to eat, not actually making it- eliminate the indecisiveness. This is also very helpful when it comes to saving money- if your meals are made and present, there is no need to buy it while you are out!
Planning Your Wardrobe
I will fully admit, I do enjoy planning out my wardrobe for the week. It gives me a sense of peace, in a way. However, even if you don’t enjoy style, spending fifteen minutes planning and assembling your clothing for each day can save you a lot of time in the long run! On Sunday night, check the weather for the week (and your schedule, see above), and lay out/hang up what you are going to wear each day. You won’t spend your morning digging around for that cardigan that you swore should be on the shelf, or wondering if the top you want to wear works with those pants. You can put a cohesive outfit on without having to think it through- that’s a win in my books. I know that there are going to be people who say that their weather changes too frequently to plan ahead, but the general trends should be enough. I’m sticking with pants right now because Winnipeg is just beginning a stretch of over two weeks of -30°C, and I know that a sweater is best with our cold office. A little bit of thought has gone a long way to ensuring that I’m warm enough and comfortable!
Give Yourself Time to Relax
Although I spend an hour or so gathering and preparing everything for the week after dinner on Sunday night, I always make sure that I have at least an hour to myself to relax and that I get to bed early. Because Monday is a late night, I try to get as much sleep as possible on Sunday to make up for it! I also like allowing myself time to read or whatever it is I want to do. Weekends can often be just as busy as weekdays, and setting aside time to do nothing is important. I find that if I can give myself an hour to two hours on Sunday evening to do whatever I want, it goes a long way to me feeling re-energised for the upcoming week, no matter what I actually did that weekend. Maybe it’s reading, maybe it is a bath, maybe it watching that TV show that you save until you can give it your undivided attention- whatever it is, make it a priority! The world is hard enough on us without being hard on ourselves, so go ahead and allow yourself that time- one hour out of one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week isn’t an outrageous amount of time to give yourself.
How do you get ready for the upcoming week?