In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am just a little bit cray cray when it comes to planning. Just a little bit!! That’s why you love me though, right??! Call me a planning fiend, if you will. A small gathering at our house for 6 people equates to at least two to-do lists if your name is Katrina DeGrande! Maybe you’re like me and really like having things planned out. Maybe you’re not, but wish you could adopt a little bit more planning into your life. Either way, I’m your girl!
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first installment of my She’s Miss Productive series! In case you missed it, the first post is chock full of tips for limiting distractions in order to get more accomplished with less time! I guarantee there are at least a few things on the list that you haven’t tried before. So, if you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to start there! If you’re all up to speed, keep on reading, friend!
The second installment of She’s Miss Productive is all about prepping for the week ahead. I am a huuuugeee fan of putting in a little prep work during the weekend. A little bit of prep goes a long way toward boosting productivity, while keeping you sane! Could use a little more sanity in your life? Forget I asked – who can’t use a little more sanity??!
My inspiration for this post comes from none other than my Grammi. She always tells me how proud she is of me and that she doesn’t know how I do it all! Here lately, I’ve really spent some time reflecting on what is and what isn’t working. What are some of the little things that I do, that enable me to quote unquote ‘do it all’?! Let’s just say, the weekend is my friend! The weekend can also be your friend, if you let it!!
Below are ten quick and easy tasks to try out this week. You heard me girly – try them this week, not next week! Rest assured, I do all of these every single weekend. However, I assure you that the more I knock out, the more productive the week. Even if you are super pressed for time during the weekend, I have faith that you can squeeze in just a couple of these!
- Did you ever realize that physical clutter around the house also clutters the mind? Whenever I see belongings out of place in our house, I start making mental notes of things that need done. To avoid a long to do list for the house, I try to keep the clutter at bay. At least once during the weekend, I pick up everything that’s out of place. This way, my to do list doesn’t get to the point of overwhelming.
- Lay out Clothes for the week
- Let me just say, I guarantee you won’t regret planning out your outfits ahead of time! Just think – No more stressing out about figuring out the perfect outfit to wear for this afternoon’s super important meeting!
- Meal Plan
- Know what you’re going to eat and have all of the ingredients on hand to prepare it! You won’t have to waste mental energy when your mind drifts off to dinner at 2 in the afternoon. Instead, you can let your mind rest and stay on task, knowing that you’re already prepared.
- P.S. If meal planning just isn’t your thing, but you like the idea of having all of your meals planned out, I have just the thing for you. Lately, I’ve been using eMeals to save myself time on the meal planning front. With eMeals, you can select the meals you want for the week in their app. When you select a meal, it adds the necessary ingredients to your grocery list. Once you’ve selected all of your meals, you can add any odds and ends to your grocery list. From there, all you have to do is grocery shop for what’s on your list and cook the meals! There are several different types of meal plans to choose from – anything from super fancy like what you would see in a magazine, to as simple as can be. I love how much eMeals simplifies meal planning in our household.
- Realistically Plan your Commute
- I mean, actually account for traffic when estimating how much time you need to allow yourself to make it in to work. Or, if you work from home: Give yourself enough time to wake up, shower and get ready, and have that cup of coffee before you walk into your home office. Realistically planning out how much time you need will help alleviate unnecessary stress from your mornings.
- Clean out your Purse and/or Work Bag
- I don’t know about your purse, but mine…. it sure accumulates a lot of stuff throughout the week. Yep… stuff!! Hahaha. I’m talking receipts, hair ties, notes, to-do lists, coins, and more. Once again, keeping the clutter at bay seems to make my life simpler. I always try to purge anything I don’t need and organize both my purse and my work bag before Monday rolls back around.
- Pack your Bags
- After briefly cleaning them out – get them ready for Monday! In my case, I work from home on Fridays. On Sundays, I always make sure my laptop and notepad are packed and ready to go for Monday. You could do the same for your work bag, diaper bag, or even your gym bag! Have your towel, workout clothes, gym shoes, and whatever else you might need packed and ready to go! That’ll leave you with one less excuse for why you didn’t get your workout in.
- Get in a Workout
- Sure, you can work out any day of the week. Let’s be real though, getting a workout in at some point during the weekend is probably easier than trying to cram one in after work on a Monday.
- Make a List of Tasks to Tackle on Monday
- While your mind is fresh and clear during the weekend, take five minutes to sit down and intentionally plan out your Monday. What do you truly need to accomplish? What should you start with first? Then, what’s next? Doing this simple task will kick off your week with much more efficiency than going into Monday morning completely scatterbrained.
- Clean out your Inbox
- Do you wanna know one thing that I don’t love doing? It’s cleaning out my inbox! I try to make a habit of cleaning out all of the clutter from my inbox once a week. See yah later junk e-mails! I also move any important e-mails to folder or mark them as do not delete. This keeps them from piling up over a long period of time, which is completely unmanageable!
- RELAX (For real!)
- Relaxation on Sunday is an absolute must! Exhausted is definitely not how you want to start the week! As I mentioned before, doing just a couple of the tasks on this list will make a big difference in your week. No need to kill yourself trying to get every single item done. Once you’ve done a few things to prepare for the week ahead, please, I beg of you – take some time for yourself and relax! Perhaps try a few suggestions from one of my most popular posts on self care.
Let me remind you one more time – I don’t do all of these every single week. I am not Superwomen. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve also gotten wiser. I do realize that doing a few of these per week does make a huge difference in being prepared for the week to come.
What are some of your weekend must-dos to prepare for the week ahead?!