Taking the time to reset things over the weekend can make a big impact on your productivity during the week. It’s a great way to save yourself from stress.
Having routines in your life is really important to staying organized. I have several things I like to do over the weekend to make my week run smoother.
PLANNING YOUR WEEKEND TASKS
As you’re going through your week, keep a list of things that could probably be done ahead of time. Going into the week with a clean slate can really make a big difference in your life. Physical and mental clutter can be exhausting. Finding your pain points throughout the week can give you a good start.
How many times have you walked past a basket of laundry and beat yourself up because it’s still sitting where it was the day before? How many times have you been half way through dinner on a Tuesday night and wished you had already done some meal prep? Me too. Here’s what I do each weekend to protect my sanity throughout the week!
WASH MY SHEETS AND FINISH UP THE LAUNDRY
Nothing feels better than climbing into cool, clean sheets on Sunday night! After a hot relaxing bath, the sheets feel great. Also, making sure all of our laundry is put away before I call it a night. I don’t normally have a ton of laundry to deal with since I normally do a small load every day or every other day. However, sometimes life isn’t all butterflies and rainbows and laundry gets backed up. Making sure it’s all put away helps reduce the physical clutter during the week.
GROCERY SHOP AND MEAL PREP
Since we follow Nourishing Traditions as our eating style, planning ahead is extra crucial in making sure meals are ready when we need them. I have to make sure my sourdough starter is fed and ready to go. Making sure grains are soaked in plenty of time is important too. I tend to do a lot of bulk shopping for meat and pantry items but I still need fresh produce weekly. Usually, I meal plan one to three months at a time. Each weekend, I’ll pull the upcoming week’s list. I’ll go ahead and prep/chop any vegetables I can for the week. This saves me so much time on busy weeknights when hubby and kids are telling me they’re starving. I have an entire post on this process here. I also take this time to prep my shake ingredients for the week. I’ll scoop my protein powder along with my hemp hearts, flax seed, green caplets, everything
A LITTLE EXTRA SELF CARE
Now, I’ve heard many times that taking a hot bath isn’t self care. To me, it is. During the week, a hot shower will suffice. On Sunday, before I climb into bed with those freshly clean sheets, I hop into a hot bath and unwind. Taking the time to chill, listen to something soothing, read a book, throw on a hair and face mask and just BE is important to my mental health. I’ll add some epsom salt and an essential oil or two. My favorites are lavender and copaiba! When I emerge from the bathroom, my little, introverted soul is happy. You can get a free sample of Lavender, Lemon and Thieves essential oils here!
PREP MY SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE WEEK
I admit to being the world’s worst at remembering to take my supplements. I would get out the door in the morning and realize I’d only grabbed half of what I needed for the day. One day when I was out shopping, I found these tiny half pint mason jars. They came in a pack of 12 which gave me enough for morning and evening 6 days a week. Since I skip most supplements on Sunday, it worked out perfectly. Now instead of trying to grab all the bottles I need every morning, I can just grab a AM jar and throw it in my bag. When I’m headed to bed, I just grab a PM jar so when I’m ready, I have everything I need.
PLAN MY WEEK
Running my life like a well oiled machine takes some serious planning ahead. Each Sunday morning I take some time to check my Google calendar and make sure everything is in my Simplified Planner for the upcoming week. This is how I know our meal plan doesn’t need tweaking and I know that everybody is going to be where they need to be each day. Any time something gets added to my schedule that is more than a week out, it gets put on my Google calendar. I only work a week at a time in my planner.
CLEAN OUT MY BAGS
I feel like a bag lady on the daily. I have my purse, work bag, laptop bag, reusable grocery bags. During the week, I accumulate receipts, wrappers and other random items. Taking a few minutes to clean out and reset my bags means it won’t turn into a disaster. This is when I make sure I have enough forms, etc. to get me through the week with client appointments. I also make sure my reusable grocery bags make it back out into the car so I have them when I need them.
RESET MY HOUSE
Since physical clutter is mental clutter, this is a big one. I take time each evening to put my house to bed so this isn’t a huge task. On the weekends though, there’s more chaos. More projects pop up. Bigger messes happen in my kitchen. My kids nest a little more in the living room. By Sunday evening, my house needs reset. I take a little time to make sure everything is in it’s place. I want it to be clean and sparkling for Monday morning. This helps start the week on a positive note.
SPEND SOME TIME WITH LOVED ONES
Growing up, Sunday dinner was a big thing in my life. It usually included pasta, family and friends. I love carving out some down time to relax with my family. Every Friday night, we have homemade pizza. We’ll usually do a family movie then too. It’s a great way to start the weekend with great food and laughter. We all look forward to this!
Doing all these things really make me feel like I’ve closed out my week and make me feel refreshed and ready to go for the upcoming week! What about you? Do you have a routine for the weekend? I’d love to hear about it!
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