A new week is a new opportunity to start fresh and accomplish your goals. If you want to have a productive week, you have to have a productive week on purpose. I like to start my week with a clean slate, with little on my plate. In order to this, I like to make sure that I have a lot of busy work out of the way. Sometimes a new week means new surprises, so you want to make sure that you’re ready for whatever life throws at you. Before the week starts, clean up, clear up your space, and leave time for the whatever the magic of a new week brings. Recently I took on some additional work and school responsibilities and I am still adjusting to the increased work load. Here’s what I do to prepare for the week to ensure that it is as simplified as possible:
Laundry is one of those things that is so easy to neglect. Unfortunately, the more you neglect it the more it piles and becomes time consuming. I like to do my laundry on Saturday or Sunday morning so that I can get it out of the way. Before I start my breakfast I put a load on and then continue with my day. This is very helpful because it gets the tedious task out of the way and leaves me with time to deal with more important or fun opportunities that may arise. The worst is when you’re rushing to get out the door and realize you don’t have any more clean towels or underwear left because you didn’t do laundry. Avoid that “face palm moment” by staying ahead of the game.
Grocery shopping is another tedious task that is essential to get done but in the moment it feels like a poor way to use your time. I like going to grocery store early in the day because the last thing I want to do is spend a beautiful weekend day inside a supermarket searching for the brand of quinoa that I like the best. Getting this task out of the way will also help you throughout the week when you plan your meals. If you have a stocked fridge you will be more likely to cook at home and avoid going out for junk food. Free up your schedule and make more time for your health by grocery shopping in advance.
Whether it’s going to a doctors appointment, picking up your dry cleaning or getting an oil change, try to get your various errands done before the week starts. You will feel great knowing that you don’t need to worry about leaving work late or unexpectedly helping out a friend now that you have all your errands out of the way.
If you’re interested in having a successful week it is best to prepare for it instead of being on the defense when tasks start to pile up. An overwhelming week can be avoided by being more intentional about how you spend your time and prepare for the upcoming tasks. Do you put effort into preparing for your week or do you prefer dealing with the challenges as they come?
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