While we all want a successful week when everything gets done and we have more free time, unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s easy to lose focus on everything else that needs to be done and end the week confused and wondering what went wrong. We’ve all been there, so don’t get down on yourself. The good news is there are routines you can develop that will help you have a more productive week. These Sunday routines for a successful work week will completely change your productivity at home and at work by helping you get organized and focused for the week ahead.
Do you want to get more done this week? Here are some habits and routines that will help you prepare for the week ahead. Now you can say goodbye to procrastination and lack of focus and say hello to productivity and peace!
Take Care of Laundry
It’s best to have one day a week where you take care of laundry. This allows you to have all the clothes you need for the week ahead and you can plan accordingly. If you work from home, it also takes care of your obsessive need to do the laundry instead of working. In other words, you have no more excuses for getting up from the desk! You’ll be forced to focus on the task at hand and get more done during your work hours.
How many times have you wasted time wondering and worrying about what you’re going to do for dinner? Instead of wasting time thinking about dinner, have dinner plans covered. Each Sunday, plan out your meals for the entire week and make a grocery list of any items you may need. One quick trip to the grocery store and you’ll be set for the week. You can take it one step further if you like and prepare the meals you want to serve your family throughout the week and freeze. Then all you have to do is pop dinner in the oven and you’re done. Easy peasy!
Create a To-Do List
If you find that you’ve never accomplished much at the end of the work week, chances are you don’t have a good to-do list. Each Sunday, sit down and create a to-do list of everything you want to accomplish. You can then prioritize and rank the items by importance. This allows you to tackle those important tasks and then work on the less important tasks at the end of the week.
Plan Out Your Schedule
Scheduling your time is one of the most important tasks if you want to be successful, and I couldn’t live without my daily planner. Once you have your to-do list created, sit down and schedule the items into your planner. Every Sunday afternoon I review the week ahead, jot down any appointments in my daily planner and start scheduling the tasks from my to-do list. I know what tasks I need to get done each day and I’m more prepared for the week ahead.
When scheduling, remember to give yourself buffers so that if a task runs longer than you expected, you have the extra time. This also allows you to break up your time so that you don’t get bogged down by one task.
Last, but not least, get organized for the week. Whatever prep work you can get done to make your job easier in the week ahead will help you get more done. For example, if you’re a freelance writer, gather any research material and outline the articles you want to write that week. When you’re organized, your work week will go much faster and be much more successful.
It’s never too late to change your ways and be more productive! These Sunday routines will completely change the way you look at things and make your work week much more successful. Tell me, what are some things you do on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead?
Love your suggestions! I always try to tackle our laundry on the weekend. I also have been trying VERY hard to meal plan and grocery shop on Saturday or Sunday to make sure we are ready for the week. Even though our weekends might seem busier because of these tasks, M-F runs SO much smoother if we aren’t worrying about what to eat or if we have to do laundry.