Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough hours in the week? You just want to hit the stop button because before you know it, Sunday has come around again and you feel totally unprepared for a new week.
It can be so frustrating to wake up on Monday morning and be desperately trying to get organised for the day and the week ahead. This is why it is essential to allocate a day to get prepared and do tasks that could hinder, or cause you stress, before you even go into your Monday morning.
Practising good habits can help you to be more productive and have more time for important tasks because you have completed all the small, mundane tasks. These are 21 Sunday habits to start to make your week more manageable. It’s best to utilise the habits that you feel most comfortable with, rather try to use them all in one day!
Preparing your meals can help you to save so much time. Instead of coming home from work every night and having to cook food, you can ensure that all your meals are pre-prepared. This will make your evenings less complicated, with more time to relax and unwind.
Batch cooking –This is the best way to optimise the time you have at home. You can use containers to store all your prepared meals in the fridge or freezer, so that they are ready for you to grab and go!
Allocating time to look after yourself and relax can help you to mentally prepare for the day week ahead.
After a busy week, you are probably feeling exhausted and just want to unwind. This is important because you need to have a clear and focused mind for the week ahead. Self-care activities can be small tokens of kindness to your body and mind.
Here are 5 ideas:
- Reduce your screen time
- Have a pamper with a bubble bath
- Journal about your thoughts or about your day
- Practise a good evening routine for a better night’s sleep
- Try mindful meditation
Clear Your Space
A tidy space means a tidy mind. You want to start a Monday morning with an organised work and home space.
Clear and tidy your bedroom – this can help you relax and actually help you get a better night’s sleep
Remove loose papers – sorting through your receipts, letters and other paper documents can help to declutter your space and you’ll know where all your important documents are
Clear your workspace – if you work from home, there is something so motivating about coming into a clean and organised space. Having a clear space helps to eliminate all distractions which will help to boost your productivity to achieve your weekly tasks
Schedule Social Media Content
If you are a blogger, using your Sunday to schedule your social media content can be so beneficial. Scheduling content ahead of time can help free up time for other important tasks.
Hootsuite is a platform that I use to schedule content and promotions. It helps to keep my social media followers engaged with my content even when I am too busy to be online.
Write Daily/Weekly To Do Lists
Using to do lists is a great way to improve your organisation. It helps you to ensure that you meet all your deadlines.
- Write down all your tasks – to plan your to do list for the week, you should write all your tasks down that you would like/need to achieve in the week ahead
- Prioritise your tasks – once you have all your tasks written down, you can then start prioritising tasks for each day of the week. This will stop you from procrastinating and achieve the tasks before your deadline.
It means that you can start your Monday morning already aware of what you need to get done and you do not waste your time preparing for your week.
It can be so overwhelming when you open your inbox on a Monday morning and be flooded with emails especially if they are from the previous week.
Using some time on a Sunday to go through the previous week’s emails can be really helpful. You can remove spam and prioritise your emails to get started on a Monday morning.
Practising inbox zero can mean that you are far less likely to miss important emails and deadlines.
Plan Your Week
In order to have a more organised week, you should plan certain aspects of your week.
Schedule your self-care – regularly practising self-care can help refresh your mental health which can enable you to refocus and have increased motivation.
Use A Planner System– whether it’s paper based like a diary, a bullet journal or you use a digital planner. You can then schedule appointments and put tasks in each day. When you wake up each day, you will already know what you have to achieve that day.
If you are looking to improve your productivity, a bullet journal can help you to keep track of all aspects of your home and work life. Start setting up your bullet journal and boost your organisational skills.
This is a huge list of 21 habits that will help you to be more organised and productive for the week ahead. Even if you choose to implement a few of these practices, it is going to dramatically improve your productivity.
How do you get organised for a new week ahead? I’d love to hear in the comments.
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