10 Things YOU can do TODAY to make your week EASIER!!

Posted on February 6, 2012

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So, it’s Sunday night and, as always, the weekend is over much too quickly. After cleaning up from dinner and making the lunches I thought I would share some things that I find helpful in creating a less stressful and more productive working week. You will benefit even if you follow just one of the following ten suggestions:

  1. Chop an assortment of veggies and put them into snack baggies or containers (I make 10 – 1/day for two people for the week). If you use cucumber the baggies will last for 5 days maxium. Try to include a variety of vegetables. Carrots, cucumbers, assorted sweet peppers, snap peas, celery, etc.
  2. Make lunches the night before and, if you have room, put them in the lunch bags and into the fridge. This saves time and stress in the early morning hours.
  3. Finish the laundry. Starting a new week with the laundry mostly completed will make you feel much more calm and it will also ensure that you have clothes ready for the week.
  4. Choose your outfit for the next day and set it out the night before. Even if you do this twice this week, you will have a smoother morning routine.
  5. If you live with anyone, sit down and communicate about the expected upcoming events or appointments for the week. If you live alone, reviewing your weekly commitments will help to remind you of
  6. Plan your meals. There is nothing worse then getting home from work and looking in the fridge, scratching your head, and thinking to yourself, “What should I cook for dinner,” or “Oh crap, there’s no [insert food here] left.” Knowing what you are going to cook each night (with flexibility of course) and having the ingredients on hand will make your evenings much more enjoyable. Chances are you will become more creative with your menu selections as well!!
  7. Get more Sleep. Try to go to bed at a decent hour and aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day (even on weekends). This will help to regulate your circadian rhythms or internal clock. Sleeping in on the weekend actually doesn’t give you the energy boost you would expect.
  8. Designate a Launch Pad area for things you need the next day (i.e. keys, laptop, notebooks, keys, lunch bag, etc.). This way you won’t forget anything important.
  9. Set Goals for things that you need to complete each week. Write these goals down in your day-planner. It will give you something concrete to work toward and will help to keep your home clean and yourself organized.
  10. Last but not least, always set aside Me Time. In order to be energized and actually have an easier week you must take some time to decompress. This may seem counter-productive to some people but you will save time on other daunting tasks if you just take a moment to breathe, reflect, and relax.

This is primarily geared toward people who work out of the home; however, some of these tasks can be implemented into almost anyone’s routine. They are effective and efficient.

Do you have any tasks that help to make your week easier?

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