A little bit of preparation goes a long way, and none more so than when Sunday comes around. I like to have much of the work done for the week before it even starts because I know that once Monday morning starts, daily busy-ness will ensue, and I will be chasing my proverbial tail all week if I’m not careful. ..and all that leads to is becoming stressed and tired just in time for the weekend – where the whole thing starts again.
BUT I DON’T WANT MY WEEKENDS FULL OF STUFF TO DO!Weekends don’t have to be filled with jobs – in fact, the more organized you are, the fewer jobs you will actually have to do – but having a few things in place on Sunday will make your week go oh so smoothly.
#1 – CHECK YOUR CALENDAR/SCHEDULEHands down the most important thing for me to do. I personally like to have my week laid out in advance. Remember to allow yourself a little downtime each day, and to fit in exercise etc… – when you look at your schedule ahead of time you can see things much more clearly and so you are much more likely to create a better week than if you tried to do what you can when you can do it.
#2 – PLAN OUT MEALS FOR THE WEEKThis can mean different things to different people, depending on how you prefer to live:
- Batch cook and freeze all evening meals for the week
- Plan what you will eat based on what you have in the cupboards
- Do a weekly shop for what you need for the week ahead (or sort out an online shop to arrive when convenient to you to save time)
#3 – SORT CLOTHES FOR THE WEEKIf you give a little thought to what you are doing each day (check the weather forecast as well if that will help you decide!), then you can simply get up and grab what you are wearing without having to worry about something not being clean/ironed etc…. think about every type of clothing you need – including work/exercise / social etc….
#4 – SORT “STUFF” FOR THE WEEKThings like:
- Birthday cards / Presents ready to be posted
- Musical instrument ready to go to school one day
- Anything needed by the children for school (money / letters / snacks etc…)
- Spare change in the car for car parks you know you are going to need
- Specific paperwork required on certain days
- You will be near the dry cleaners and so you can pack dry cleaning ready in your car
- Seeing a friend and need to give them something back that you borrowed
#5 – LOOK AFTER YOUR HOMEDo the simple jobs around the house that are time sensitive – for example: –
- empty all your bins and recycling ready for the bin men in the week (last minute dashes do nothing to keep you calm!)
- change all bedding ready for the week ahead (wash if you have time)
- change all towels
- do a 10 minute tidy up with the rest of your household to put everything back (nothing is more distracting than seeing other jobs that need doing on a Monday morning)