Thanksgiving break is almost over and for most of us, that means it will be back to school/work tomorrow! As much as I want to take it easy today, next week is going to be a busy week for me, so here are some advice on things to do this Sunday to have a productive week ahead!
- Make a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and create a list of things you need to get done this week. This list can be organized by level of urgency, tasks by day of the week, or whatever method is most effective for you.
- Review and update your calendar for the week. By having a fresh memory of meetings, classes, lessons, appointments, etc, you will have a good idea of how much free time you will have to complete your list of tasks. If you have to, block time on your calendar to prevent others from scheduling meetings during that time.
- Clean your home/work space and take out the trash. There’s nothing worse than starting the week with a messy house. This can cause unnecessary stress at the end of a long day; meantime, a clean space can help you stay refreshed and motivated.
- Wash your sheets and clothes. I love the feeling of sleeping on clean sheets and having clean clothes for the week!
- Check the weather and plan out what you will wear. Incorporate your calendar–for example you may need to dress up for a presentation one day or need to pack gym clothes another day.
- For my bloggers friends, photograph pictures in advance! Set up and prep can take forever, so I usually like to photograph a couple weeks of blog posts all in one day. This is also to avoid any unexpected challenges that may come up, for example bad weather or not having enough natural light. That picture above? I made my husband take it a month ago because I had planned to do this post after Thanksgiving!
- Plan out what to eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner that week and go grocery shopping. Making this list enables a speedy shopping trip, enforces you to purchase only what you need, and helps to prevent forgetting an ingredient.
- Catch up on emails so you can start the week with a clean inbox. Some people don’t like to check emails on the weekends in case new projects/work come up, but I personally like to be prepared, even if this means deleting a bunch of junk mail that came in. I don’t like starting Mondays with a bunch of unread emails.
- Call family/friends/love ones just to say hi (and to avoid getting too many calls during the week).
- Have some “me” time. Take some time toward the end of the night with a little pampering session so you will feel refreshed and ready to conquer the week ahead!
By taking advantage of Sundays, it can be a great way to jumpstart the week and to reduce stress! Hope you’ve found this helpful. Now go get things done!