Do you ever start your Monday feeling like you’re three steps behind? Do you have weeks that leave you absolutely frazzled, bewildered with the people who seem to be on top of everything? If the answer to those questions is yes, you’re not an anomaly-you’re part of a common trend. The people who are able to step into their weeks ready, organized, and on top of things are those who build their weeks on the weekend. How is this done? Glad you asked.
Here’s your guide to using the weekend as a catalyst for your week:
KNOCK OUT ALL MENIAL TASKS
There are simply things you don’t have much time for during the week, like grocery shopping or doing some deep cleaning. Get these crossed out during the weekend so that your life is restored to its normal state of being. As an added bonus, if you restore your home and life to an organized and neat state, you’ll get to enjoy it all weekend long while removing stress from the week.
GET A JUMP ON THINGS THAT ARE DUE
I’m sure this applies to people who aren’t college students, but ESPECIALLY if you’re a college student, this is for you. The weekend is a place to get a jump on what’s happening the next week. Have a test on Friday? Get the study guide done the Saturday before so that you can simply review it during the week. Getting started on things will allow you to walk into the week five steps ahead of the game, not five steps behind.
PLAN THE WEEK TO COME
My week is typically planned out in color coded blocks on my iPhone calendar. When you know EXACTLY what needs to happen during the next week, you have so much more freedom. Does someone want to have a coffee date? Grab your schedule and look for an open block; you’ll be able to confidently say yes to social time knowing that you’re not skipping out on something that you need to be doing.
MEAL PREP IF NEEDED
When I’m at school, this isn’t important for me, but whenever I work full time, Sundays are meal prep days. If you’re not the kind of person who wants to make lunch every night for the following day, make a large batch of food over the weekend that you can use throughout the week. Added bonus if you prep other meals as well.
One of the best ways to set your week up for failure is to not get enough rest during the weekend. In my life, this means that unless there’s an unusual exception, Sundays are days for rest, social time, and doing what I love to do (while also detoxing from my phone). Set yourself up for success and get some rest; this could mean blocking off an entire day to simply do what you love, or scheduling an afternoon for a nap or coffee with a great book.
WALK THROUGH YOUR MONDAY MORNING THE NIGHT BEFORE
Finally, the best way to step into your Monday on top of the game is to have your Monday morning ready to go the night before. Pack your bags, pick out your outfit, and know what your morning schedule looks like. This will let you start your Monday effortlessly.