I had so much fun this past weekend. It was one of those weekends that made me realize I need to allow myself more just like it. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t work overtime, the weather didn’t disappoint, and I made the most of it by getting out of the house. Now, I’m sitting here on Sunday morning with the sun shining through the windows thinking about the upcoming week.
I used to be like a lot of people dreading Monday’s and the usual grind of the work week! That is until I found a way to organize my chaos. Now I have a full-fledged system that helps me get the most out of my weeks, and it starts with using Sunday as a prep day. If you’re working on making your weeks a heck of a lot more productive, I encourage you to do these things on Sunday.
1. Wake Up Early: That’s right! Even on the weekends, I’m a fan of rising early, writing out a quick to do list, and getting my day started.
2. Get Groceries for the Week: I must admit. Grocery shopping has never been one of my favorite things to do, so I no longer make weekly grocery store runs. Instead, I save myself the two hours to allot somewhere else in my schedule and order them via the Instacart App. They arrive on time, and all I have to do is take 15 minutes to put everything away! It makes preparing your meals throughout the week that much easier. And speaking of preparing your meals….
3. Plan Out Your Meals & Outfits For The Week – We waste sooo much time thinking about these two things, am I right? I’m not saying you have to do entire meal prep, but at least know what you want to cook on what days. When it comes to getting dressed for work, lay out what you plan on wearing for the week beforehand. I recommend getting a garment rack for this. Not only will it save you time, but it will leave you less frazzled to start your day. I linked the one that I love and use for my photoshoots below:
4. Keep Social Media to a Minimum: With me running a blog, and finding my groove after an extended break, I tend to spend more time on social media than the average person. However, I’ve read recently that even the average person spends approximately 2+ hours on social media per day. In my opinion, if you choose any day not to be a part of this statistic, it should be Sunday.
5. Work Out: I hear from so many people that “finding the time” to work out is what makes them less likely to. So why not use Sunday’s when we generally have fewer obligations to get a good sweat session in. What I’ve found is that my Sunday workout session sets the tone for the rest of the week. Once I’m done I feel so good, I’m looking for time slots in my week day schedule to get a little fitness in.
6. Go Over & Update Your Calendar: With everything you have to do for the week. Give everything a block of time. I use a color-coded Google Calendar to keep up with everything from my 9-5, to my blog/social media posts, to all the extra wedding stuff we have going on. I prefer to keep everything on one calendar, but whatever system you utilize, make sure you’re using it to manage your time effectively.
7. Review Your Finances: I have been trying so hard to stick to a budget. I can’t say I’ve 100 percent mastered that just yet but what I do make sure I do is review all of my accounts weekly for fraudulent activity and make sure my spending isn’t too out of control. I also make sure any payments I have due for the week are scheduled. This all takes less than 30 minutes and it’s one less important thing that you have to worry about during the week.
8. Go To Bed: I won’t even say go to be early. Just go to bed at a decent time. For the average person somewhere between 6-8 hours is the sweet spot. You may be one of the people that can knock it out of the park on 6 hours of sleep, or you may be one of those that can’t function without 8. Whatever your sweet spot is, start your week off right by hitting that on Sunday night.
We all have crazy schedules these days. This routine is tried and true (at least by me) to increase your productivity during the week. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you too!
Until next time,