Ah, weekends! They're the best, aren't they? Sometimes they go by in the blink of an eye and Monday completely sneaks up on you. If you're not prepared, you might feel like a chicken running around with it's head cut off trying to get everything in order so you're ready to tackle the next five work days.
With a little bit of planning, you'll be able to ease your work week jitters and feel ready to take on anything the next week throws your way. I've complied a list of five easy things you can do over the weekend to feel ready to rock each day at your 9-5. Check it out below:
1. Look at the weather forecast and plan your outfits for the week
This is a huge time saver in the morning! If you have a general idea of what the weather will be like for the upcoming week, spend 5 minutes during the weekend to pick out a few pieces from your closet to wear. Depending on how big your closet it, designate a space to hang your outfits so you can easily grab them and get dressed each morning. You can use an over the door organizer or install a few command hooks and hang outfits on the back of your bathroom door. If you change your mind in the morning and don’t want to wear something you picked out, swap the outfit for another outfit you were planning to wear. later on during the same week.
2. Meal prep and pack your lunches for the week
If you’ve never meal prepped before, you’re missing out! It’s such a helpful way to get all of your lunches (or even dinners) for the week planned out. I typically do my grocery shopping on Sundays and once I get home, I unpack my grocery bags and start prepping my lunches for the week. I store lunch items in Tupperware containers and in the morning before I head out the door, I just grab what I need, put it in the lunch box and hit the road. Easy as 1-2-3.
3. Catch up on the latest news regarding your industry or field of work on Sunday evenings
Staying on top of your work game is so important these days. Instead of skimming through industry headlines on Monday morning, do it on Sunday night. This will help you get mentally prepared for the upcoming work week in addition to keeping you in the loop on the latest new trends or stories that have recently emerged in your line of work. I love to browse for articles related to my industry on LinkedIn.
4. Use a planner to write down the week’s schedule and add calendar reminders in your phone
Doctor’s appointments, dinners with friends, date nights with your significant other – sometimes it feels impossible to keep track of everything going on in your personal life let alone all of the things that you need to handle at work. My advice? Buy a planner and use it daily! Many planners come with pages or inserts to help you plan out the upcoming week with space for you to write in your dinner menu for the week, your grocery list, appointments and even people’s birthdays.
5. Take some time to relax and unwind
Weekends are for getting recharged and re-energized for the week ahead! After running errands and catching up on chores around the house, be sure to kick back and relax a bit. Whether you decide to watch some TV, take a bath, put on a face mask, or listen to music, carve out some time during your weekend to focus on yourself and your own well-being!
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How do you like to prepare for the work week ahead? Do you devote time on weekends to do any of the things I mentioned above? Let me know in the comment section below.