Practical Ways to a Successful Week
Weekends are wonderful. They are a time to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge from the hectic week you just had. What about the week ahead? When do you start to prepare for that? I start to prepare on Saturday morning. We have three children in the home and it takes a lot to make sure the five of us are taken care of. In order to have a successful week, I implement each of the tips below:
- Do Laundry & Select Outfits
We typically start laundry on Friday after the children get home from school. This allows us to make sure we get everything clean, pressed, and ready to go for the following week. My younger son wears uniforms to school so this process is super easy for him. My daughter on the other hand has a tougher time with this. As parents, we encourage her to dress modestly and Dad has to approve each outfit. We typically emerge from the approval process unscathed.
I take a different approach to my outfit selection. I usually prepare 6-8 outfits per week. I have a tendency to not want to wear what is there. Sad, I know, but it happens. By having a backup outfit ready to go, I waste very little time fumbling around in the closet.
- Prepare & Pack Meals
I try to cook at least 3 meals on Sunday. We have very busy schedules and its helpful to just pop the meals into the oven or microwave when it’s time for dinner. Prior to putting the meals away, I pack my lunches. The beginning of the week is rough for me. By Wednesday, I have the hang of it and I’m working like a well-oiled machine. I am also trying to be better with my eating habits so I prepare my smoothies in advance. By blending and freezing them, I can throw one into my lunch bag for a healthy snack. By break time, the smoothie is thawed and after a few vigorous shakes, I am enjoying a sweet, healthy treat. Awesome sauce.
- Make Goals
The day is easier to face when you know what is expected of you. The tasks will also seem a lot less daunting if you set goals for yourself. I write my goals in a notebook. Writing them down makes them real. There is a certain feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing items off of a list. For larger tasks, make weekly goals so you aren’t pressured to complete everything at once. If you’re feeling adventurous, throw in a monthly goal.
How do you currently prepare for your week? I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Please let me know how they work for you or let me know some of your own preparation tips in the comment section below.