Being home almost all the time is a breading ground for unproductive habits. When I first finished school, I went a little crazy with the amount of nothing I did. After 5 years of school and internships, I felt like I earned the break. But, it’s been almost 6 months now and it’s high time I became a productive member of society again.
I have tackled productivity tips and tricks in the past, including tips for productive mornings and working/studying form home effectively, plus apps for organization and productivity. But, today, I want to go a little deeper and talk about setting yourself up for a productive week. So, I’m sharing 5 (but really 6) things that I try to do on the weekend to facilitate productivity during the week.
I tend to build up a lot of mess and general clutter in my life throughout the week. By Friday, my clothes are all over the place, the fridge is a mess and I can barely see my desk beneath all the paper piled on there. So, I use part of Sunday mornings to make my space clean and liveable again. Because starting off a week with crap everywhere and everything out of place is a recipe for disaster.
Aside: Voluntary deciding to clean is how I know I’m becoming an adult
2. Make a list
My brain is always full of arbitrary ‘to-dos’, from post and recipe ideas to errands I need to run. But, having all those ideas and thoughts floating around in my head just stresses me out. And when I’m stressing, I’m the least productive person ever. So, at the end of the weekend, I like to do a brain dump of all the things I want to accomplish in the coming week.
2b. Fill in your calendar
Even though I’m mostly working on my own time these days, I’ve found that structure and deadlines, even if they’re self-imposed, are necessary for me to get things done. So, once I’ve done my to-do list brain dump, I go in and schedule things into my calendar and set up all the necessary reminders and alerts.
Related: My top 4 apps for organization and productivity (and how I use them)
3. Grocery shop & meal prep
Having healthy snacks and food on hand is always a good idea. But, prepping can be time consuming, and can take up a huge chunk of your busy weekday schedule. I get a discount at my local grocery store on Tuesdays, so I do my big shop and meal prep on that day. But, if you don’t have that kind of time in the middle of the week, I definitely recommend getting these two things out of the way on the weekend.
Related: 5 tips for healthy food shopping on a budget, 5 essentials for healthy snacking
4. Take some ‘you’ time
You ever wake up on Monday morning and feel like you need a weekend to get over the weekend you just had? Yea, me too. So, I try to power down a little earlier than normal on Sunday nights and take some time for myself. Sometimes I read a book, or do some yoga or even listen to music and have a full out pamper session. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that relaxes you and helps you end your weekend on a good note.
Related: 5 tips to help you relax without feeling guilty
5. Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep is another reason for that ‘I need another weekend, ASAP’ feeling. I hate those Mondays when I wake up groggy and a caffeine drip before I can get going. I usually end up being ridiculously unproductive on Monday and having to make up for it during the rest of the week, which leads to even more stress. Basically, a sleep deprived Monday really sets a bad tone for the rest of the week. So, do yourself a favour, and get a good rest on Sunday night.
What about you?
- What do you do to help you have a productive week?
- Any productivity hacks to add?
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ahhhh NUMBER FOUR FOR SURE.
I used to try to work through the weekend to make my week easier and lighter.
it didnt work 🙂
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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
#1, 2 and 3 always happen. We designate Sunday as Sunday Funday so we can guarantee at least one day if fun stuff rather than work around the house or errands.
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Pamela Hernandez says
#3 is my secret. I sit with a cup of tea and my planner on Sunday afternoon to make sure I have all the “big rocks’ scheduled for the week.
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut says
I totally need to make space for “me time.” I’ve actually been doing that during meal times when I work from home–watching a guilty pleasure show while I eat. It’s indulging in something mindless and then getting back to work! 🙂
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Sarah Grace says
Take some “you” time..something I’m trying to get better about doing 🙂 Coming over after finding you through the FB group post on listing the three words 🙂 I know I’ve come by before, but happy to put more of a face to the blog!
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I always advise in such difficult times, start studying your embezzlement, perhaps keep a list. You should only make deliberate and necessary purchases to save the family budget. For example, you can better study the items you want to buy. I often read reviews on https://bestazy.com/ to find the best and most affordable price on the market
The quarantine is unsettling, I don’t want to do anything at all. home schooling is not about me, it is difficult for me to get ready and sit down for anything. I very much hope that by the new academic year, training at the English boarding school Brussels https://www.bischool.com/ will resume. However, this is a completely different, exceptionally favorable atmosphere that encourages development
Thanks for post!
Joshua Johnston says
Thanks for the good post
With Covid still around, this is a great list for a productive year!
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Melissa Grobler says
Hello Rochford, I found your post to be very informative and thought-provoking. Your perspective on setting up for a productive week was refreshing and made me think more deeply about the topic. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Melissa Grobler says
Hello Rochford, I found your post to be very informative and thought-provoking. Your perspective on setting up for a productive week was refreshing and made me think more deeply about the topic. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and we look forward to more
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