I don’t know about you but I used to not like Mondays. The only thing worse than Monday was a bad Monday. You know one of those where everything goes wrong. You forgot to set you alarm or you don’t have anything to wear for your meeting… But I don’t want bad days or bad weeks. So in my extremely nerdy detailed oriented way, I set about figuring out how to best prepare for the week.
After a bit of trial and error, I figured out how to best prepare for the week. I opt to do these 7 things on Sunday, but if you have a nontraditional work week or if you observe a Sabbath day, pick a day that works best for you.
Update Your To Do List
For me this is the most important thing I do to make sure I have a good week. As a mom and a business owner (yes blogging/content creation is a business) I have a very long to do list every week. I also really love love love lists.
If you are not a list lover like me, you still need to make a list of everything you need to do. You really don’t want to have any responsibilities or tasks to fall through the cracks. Making a list will not only ensure you don’t forget anything but it will make you aware of how much you have to do. After compiling your to do list, you might see that you have overbooked yourself. If you have overbooked yourself for the week or even on just one day, see what you can reschedule or cut.
Take A Look At Your Budget
Okay so I really hate talking about or even thinking about money. It is such a sore subject for me for a lot of reasons right now. But I have to put on my big girl pants and just do it. I have all of my bills scheduled so I know how much money is being pulled on any given day. On Sunday I look at our balance and make sure our spending is still on track for the month. I go through and look at the bills that will be getting paid that week as well as factor in weekly purchases that we usually have. If we have had too many unplanned purchases last week, I can make sure I adjust accordingly for the coming week.
If you haven’t made a budget for yourself or your family, I really strongly suggest it. If you don’t feel like setting a budget is for you, that’s fine. But I’m guessing you like having electricity and internet. So please at least check out how much money you have in the bank and make at least a rough plan of how much money you think you will spend for the week.
Check The Weather
I know this sounds kind of weird but just trust me. I schedule a lot of my life around the weather from the days I go shopping to the meal I will cook that day. For example, I would much rather go to the store with the boys on a day it is only sprinkling versus on a day it is pouring. Or since we don’t have air conditioning, I won’t make a dinner that requires turning the oven on when it is 95 degrees outside.
Unlike me, you probably leave the house on an almost daily basis. By checking the weather for the week, you can make sure you are appropriately dressed for the day. Knowing the weather can also help you when you schedule your exercise. If you usually walk at lunch on Wednesday, you might want to know if it is going to rain that day or be 100 million degrees outside. Maybe it will be cooler on Thursday. If you know that you need to move your lunchtime walk to Thursday, you can make sure you don’t make plans to have lunch with your work bestie on the same day (unless they want to walk too).
Wash Your Sheets
So this is a great one for me and I have only just started doing it recently. I had been having some issues with sleep so I found myself wanting to spend the weekends napping instead of being productive. My life is so full, so busy, too busy, that I just don’t have the time for that. However, I won’ sleep on a bed with no sheets on it. So if I strip the sheets off the bed and throw them in the wash, I am forcing myself to get some work done. Plus you know, clean sheets. It’s a win-win.
Nap person or not, busy or not, you need clean sheets. It’s a hygiene thing, but it is also just so nice to sleep on a nice clean bed.
If you have been around here for a minute, you know I am big on self care. Despite the fact that I know it is important, I do struggle with making sure I am taking enough time for myself. Some people might view self-care as a privileged thing or even just a selfish thing. I totally get how people can view it that way. For me personally, I am better able to give to others when I have taken a bit of time for myself.
Are you going into the week trying to pour from an empty cup? You can’t have a very fruitful week if you start out running on fumes. Self care doesn’t have to be just about doing a sheet mask and reading a magazine. Spa days are a great way to practice self-care, but so is meditation. Or reading. Or exercising. Find whatever works for you so you can go into the week feeling like you can move mountains.Are you going into the week trying to pour from an empty cup? You can't have a very fruitful week if you start out running on fumes!Click To Tweet
Make Time For Friends and Family
One of the best parts about the weekend for me is the fact that I get to see my husband. During the week the boys and I don’t get to spend a ton of time with daddy. When he doesn’t have more work to do on the weekends, it is just so nice to have him with us for family time. It is really good for our marriage and it is good for our boys.
When you are goal driven, or work a lot, or live by yourself; it can be easy to go long periods of time without interacting with another human being that you like. Annoying coworkers do not count as good human interaction. Even if you are introverted, you need to make sure you have an enjoyable interaction with another human being. You know human interaction is important but how does this help you prepare for the week? Well, because being lonely can be depressing. and being depressed makes it hard to have an awesome week.
Go To Bed On Time
I am guilty a 100x over for sacrificing sleep to get more done in a day. However, I do my best to make sure that I am in bed on time on Sunday night. Let me tell you, if I stay up until 2 am, my kids will decide it is a great day to wake up early. Grouchy mommy= grouchy kids= bad day= getting less done = the cycle repeats itself.
One of the best ways to prepare for the week is to get enough rest. Rest is vital to your ability to think clearly and make good decisions. It is also pretty important for your overall health. You can’t have a great Monday if you wake up feeling tired or sick.
Now You Are Set
I hope this post on how to prepare for the week helps you have the best week ever. Even if you can’t do all 7 of these things, doing 1 or 2 will make a dramatic difference. Better yet, use this list to inspire you to make your own list. The person that knows what will work for you, is you!