Setting yourself up for a productive week starts with a productive Sunday. I know it may not be what you want to do, but taking a couple of hours on the weekend to prep for the week ahead will set you up for success no matter the area in your life and allow you to be more productive. Achieving your goals will be much easier if the foundation is laid ahead of time. Here are a few Sunday habits I have found help make my week move smoothly allowing for greater productivity.
While I don’t necessarily have to plan my outfits. I do have two little kids who are in school and daycare and being the OCD momma that I am, they need to have their outfits put together. The few times I have allowed my husband to pick out their outfits have caused me great anxiety. In order to not only prevent that but to make getting out of the house a smooth transition, I pick out five days worth of outfits for the kids. This way they are wearing an outfit that looks good and we have no fuss in the mornings. I also, set my uniforms out the night before to make sure every item is out and ready to go for the morning.
Organize backpacks and work bags
Just like with clothes having your bags ready to go make for one less item to have to worry about. Helping in you getting out of the house faster. Every Sunday I pack a bag of weekly items for the kids and I remove anything I do not need for my bag and pack it up for work.
Organize your week in a planner
I love planners. I have been using them for the last three years and have found them to be key in keeping me on track. Whether you use a physical or digital planner, take about 30 minutes to add any appointments or projects to your weekly schedule. I also like to create a list of goals in my planner and break each goal into bite-sized chunks that I can work on daily. If you don’t have a planner but like to write down your weekly and monthly appointments and events, check out my Free 2019 printable calendar.
Meal plan or prep
I am more of a meal planner and have found this to help significantly. Every Saturday I choose meals, put together a list and place a Walmart pick up order that I will pick up Sunday. My weekly meals schedule template which I printed and placed inside a frame is where I write down my meals for each week. This helps keep everyone on the same page, and they know what to expect for dinner.
I do like to prep my breakfast. I tend to miss that meal often and have found if I put together some overnight oatmeal mason jars I can just grab one, throw in fresh fruit and get a healthy breakfast in. So I prepare these on Sunday night. That is the extent of meal prepping. I have found full on meal prep takes so much time and I am exhausted by the end of it. I have heard some suggestions about prepping just the meats or cutting the vegetables ahead of time. Most of my meals take no more than 30 mins to cook so I don’t see a reason to do all the prepping over the weekend.
Clean the house
I hate hate hate a dirty house. With young kids having a pristinely clean house if pretty much impossible. While I clean throughout the week because let’s be honest, my house is a mess within minutes of walking in the door, I do more organization and deeper clean on the weekends. Anyone else notices an increase in their stress when their house is a mess? Stress, anxiety, whatever that looks like for you, maintaining a clean and organized house can significantly decrease that stress or anxiety.
I find that when I do not set up my week on Sundays I am scrambling to keep it all together during the week. Preparing ahead of time ensures I have laid out all appointments and events and my kids are prepared as well for the week ahead – reducing the stress and setting us all up for a successful week.
What are some of your tips for a productive week? I would love to hear in the comments!