As a stay at home/work at home mom, my weeks consist of a lot of chaos. I’m sure any mom can relate, really, whether you stay home exclusively, work at home, or work outside the home. No matter how you look at it, every week is a juggling act. I’ve learned to use Sunday afternoons to prepare for a new week. This way, I don’t feel overwhelmed come Monday morning. It’s a great way to set yourself up for success for the coming week.
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I see meal planning on most blog posts that talk about saving time, and there’s a really great reason for it. Planning my meals takes a lot of the guess-work out of my evenings. When I know what I’m cooking all week long, I can arrange my meals according to my schedule.
For example, on Wednesdays, we don’t get home from cheer practice until almost 7 pm. I know that I need to fix a meal in the Instant Pot on those days, since they are quick. In the same way, I know I can cook a more involved meal on Friday, because we’ll be home all night. I’m more prepared when I meal plan, which means we spend less time and money each week eating out.
If you’re looking for meal-time inspiration, check out some of my favorite recipes here.
Related: Meal Planning, The Struggle is Real!
Make Weekly Goals
For the longest time, I felt like I was just treading water. I could never get ahead! I’ve started keeping a list of goals, and it really helps me feel like I’m moving forward. I love writing down goals for each new week. These can consist of anything I feel I need to focus on at that time, like:
- organizing my computer
- weeding the garden
- finishing a project
- deep cleaning the house
- cleaning out my car
You get the idea, here. Once I have this list, I can refer to it any time I’m not busy with kids and work, and pick something I may have time to accomplish. I won’t lie. I don’t always complete everything on my list. In fact, I frequently have to carry items over to a new week, because there just aren’t enough hours in the day! The important thing, though, is that I’m able to stay on task more easily when I have a list of goals written down.
Plan for Each New Week
I’m sure most moms can relate to the concept of having a lot to juggle each week. I’ve found that writing everything in a weekly planner makes a big difference. I can clearly see what I have coming up and when I can fit in my to-do list and weekly goals. By writing everything down in my planner, I have much fewer surprises. I personally prefer a paper planner, because I’m able to flip it open to the appropriate pages and easily see everything that is coming up.
My Inkwell Press planner is great for this, because the weekly pages even have a separate column for weekly goals. I love that I can keep it all in one place!
Related: My 2017 Ringbound Planner Setup
Finish Your Housework
I know. I really do. We all hate housework. I hate it even more when it carries over into a new week, though, because then it means I have extra work to do! When I forget a load of laundry in the dryer, or skip mopping the floors one weekend, I feel like I’ve started a new week already behind. This means I have to work even harder to stay on top of things.
If I make a point of doing my housework on Sunday, I can get it done pretty quickly. This leaves the rest of the week to focus on work and school activities.
Take a Breather
This whole blog post has been about doing more things on the weekend, but I don’t want to overlook the benefit of taking a good break. That’s what the weekends are supposed to be for, right? It’s important to take some down time on the weekends. Not doing so can result in burn-out, which will leave you more unproductive than ever. Be sure to spend plenty of time with your family relaxing and enjoying yourself in between each of the tasks on this list. You’ll wake up Monday morning more refreshed and ready to start a new week.Taking a break can help your productivity! Who knew?! Click To Tweet
I Hope You’re Ready..
I feel so empowered when I can start my week off right by using these steps. By implementing this list of tasks on weekends, I wake up Monday morning one step ahead. I’m able to face Monday head-on and tackle my job and weekly chores when I’ve done the proper planning, goal setting, and housework ahead of time.
Are you ready to prepare for a new week? You can download my free weekend checklist below! This is the perfect list to print out and put in your planner each week!
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