We all hope for weeks that are both productive and relaxing. Finding a balance is the key to a successful week, but we often don't know what to do to ensure we find that balance.
So we put together a list of 10 things to do before you start your week:
1. Map out a schedule.
Open your planner and start scheduling the week ahead. If you wait to do this before each day, you will find yourself always feeling behind. Map out your appointments, meetings, and to-do list for each day of that week. Think realistically, so you aren't setting yourself up for failure. Also, don't forget to create downtime for yourself within the schedule! Remember, it's all about finding a balance!
2. Clean up your environment.
If you don't start your week with a clean and tidy home, you will find yourself feeling distracted and overwhelmed. This doesn't have to be a deep clean (although it could be), but you should pick up the clutter, catch up on the dirty dishes, and make space for the week ahead.
3. Catch up on laundry.
There's nothing like waking up Monday morning to realize you don't have any clean clothes for the week. Be sure to catch up on laundry for you and your family so that you are saving yourself time later. You can even go a step further and choose your outfits for the week.
4. Plan your meals.
Most of our money is spent on food. When we aren't prepared with the right ingredients, we make too many trips to the grocery store — buying more than we need each time — or find ourselves eating out more often. If you plan your meals in advance, you should be able to do one grocery trip at the beginning of the week and do a lot less running into town for those few ingredients you were missing.
5. Prep your meals.
Not only should you plan your meals, but you should prep them as well! Prepping your meals includes gathering all necessary ingredients, chopping what needs chopped, cooking all the meat, and then sorting bulk ingredients into smaller containers to pull out and toss together at mealtime. You can even premix ingredients and then freeze in gallon baggies. Then all you have to do is defrost, cook, and enjoy!
6. Create a “goals” list.
What are the biggest goals you have for the week? Write them all out — no matter how big or little. Don't put pressure on yourself to complete every goal, but know that if any of these goals are accomplished by the end of the week, then it's been a success! If they aren't accomplished, move them to the next week.
7. Batch your tasks.
When making your schedule for the week, try to batch similar tasks together. It's a known fact that multitasking is difficult and not how our brains were meant to work. If we can focus on similar tasks at the same time, we will be more productive. Read more about that here.
8. Catch up on emails.
If I start my week with a full inbox, I automatically feel overwhelmed. I like to go through my emails, respond, and clear out my inbox before I start the week. Depending on how you feel about your inbox, this may or may not be a helpful way to start your week.
9. Tackle your saboteur.
Everyone has a saboteur. The saboteur is an inner voice that steals your peace and speaks false beliefs that will limit you by self-sabotaging. Figure out what negative beliefs stop you in your tracks throughout the week and tackle those thoughts. Speak positive affirmations to yourself before starting a new week.
10. Visualize a successful week.
Your thoughts will determine the direction of your week. Visualize what you hope to accomplish and the balance you desire. Imagine a successful week for yourself, and you'll be on the right track!
What do YOU do to prepare for the week ahead? Tell us in the comments!
Amanda is a wife, mother, writer, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She is a writer for Downs Ups & Teacups. When she’s not writing, she’s planning outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She believes life feels best when it’s truly lived!