Sunday is the first day of the week so use it to prepare for the upcoming workweek. If you want to be productive, you need to learn the art of preparation. Having a productive week doesn’t start Monday morning; it starts Sunday night.
1. Reflect on What’s Finished
If you’re like me, your to do list is always changing; adding things here, checking things off there. Get out your to do list each Sunday evening and review everything on it. Check off the things you’ve completed and ask yourself why the other things on your list weren’t done. Once you’ve done this, make an updated to do list with only the tasks that you need to complete.
2. Organized Your To Do List
Organize your to do list by category so that you’re less overwhelmed. The categories are based on your personal needs but may include “Work”, “Home”, and “Personal”. Because I have kids, I have a “Kids” category that houses all of the things I need to do for them. Organizing your to do list like this will also increase your efficiency because you can focus on one category at a time instead of bouncing all over the place. Ever heard of batching? Yeah, you’re doing that!
3. Work Ahead
If there’s anything you can do ahead of time, do it! Meal planning is a great task to do ahead of time. Each week, I sit down and determine what meals we’re going to have that week for dinner. Since I work from home I also plan my breakfast and lunch (not really because it’s always the same thing but that’s a plan, right?). You can even go so far as to cook your meals on Sundays and freeze them to minimize the cooking during the week.
4. Prioritize Input
Monday through Friday are always output days and Sundays should be all about input. Sunday is your planning and preparation day. Exercise your creative side on Sunday so that you’re ready to hit the ground running on Monday.
5. Me Time
Just because Sunday is the first day of the week doesn’t mean you can’t make time for yourself. Sundays are generally my self-care days. I do my nails; apply my weekly mud mask, read a book, etc. Take some time for yourself to rejuvenate you for the week. You can’t take care of others if you’re not taking care of yourself.
If this list seems a bit overwhelming, try doing one thing a week until you’re doing all five. Starting a new habit takes awhile so don’t get discouraged if you find yourself falling back to your old ways. Keep going!
How do you prepare for the week?