Now I’m a girl who loves to plan. I’m someone who is motivated by to-do lists, checklists, planners – anything of that nature. While a lot of people are like me in this way, a lot of other people just don’t understand what’s so appealing about planning.
So, I’ve put together a list of things that I do every Sunday in order to sort of set myself up for an easier week. And let me tell ya, this list of little things seriously does make a big difference, in terms of helping you have a more productive, easier week.
In the short time it takes to check off this list of things, it frees up space on your to-do list (if you have a to-do list, which you really should!).
But anywho… these things free up your time and your mind-clutter for the week ahead:
1. Tidy-up your house.
Straightening up your house (or apartment, etc.) will totally set you up for a better week. Coming home to a clean home is so nice! No matter what you think, it shouldn’t take very long to clean – and it will save you a lot of time and stress during the week.
2. Clean out your fridge.
Toss out anything that’s gone bad, and make sure to make a list of everything that you need to restock. I usually go grocery shopping on weekends too because it’s one less thing to do during the week, but some people don’t like to do that. Doing a quick fridge clean-out once a week is easier for me than doing a big clean-out once a month!
3. Plan your meals for the week.
After you clean out your fridge, you have a pretty good idea of what you have and what you plan on buying – so go ahead and plan your meals (and prep them, if possible). This will save you lots of time and decision-making during the week!
4. Wash your comforter & sheets.
It’s just one extra load of laundry, but it makes all the difference! It feels ah-maz-ing to climb into freshly washed sheets at night. I’m just weird and I like the idea of starting my week with fresh sheets. Plus, you obviously don’t want to sleep on icky germy sheets – ew.
5. Choose outfits for the coming week.
If not for the entire week, at least for the next day. I always pick out an outfit for the following day. It saves you a lot of time in the morning. Plus (at least this is true for me) if I pick out my outfit the night before, I’m more likely to wear something cuter and more put-together.
6. Write out your to-do list/goals.
Get out your calendar and check your appointments and whatnot for the week, and then set up your to-do list and/or goals for the week. Write everything down! Writing things down is a way to declutter your brain, plus it makes you more likely to actually do what you need to get done. Like I said, I’m someone who loves to plan. 🙂
7. Practice self-care.
Pamper yourself a little bit. Take a nice relaxing bath, give yourself a mani-pedi, watch some Netflix, order takeout – whatever you want. Give yourself some “me-time” so you can start the week relaxed and happy!
8. Practice gratitude.
Now I actually try to write out things for my gratitude jar every morning. But I know not everyone wants to do that, so you should at least try to do it once a week! This will help you keep your spirits high, keep you in a positive mindset, and help you be more mindful. It’s super easy to practice gratitude. Just try to write out a list of 10 or so things that you’re thankful for. You can use my gratitude list printable to write your list. (Details below!)
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Do you do anything different on the weekend to help you prepare for an easier week ahead?