My most successful weeks start on Sunday. When you are intentional with your plans for the week, you'll see great success. Sunday is a game changer.
Sunday can shape your whole week through a day of productivity and relaxation. It's the perfect day to prepare for a successful week. It is the day to plan out your outfit, meals, grocery shopping, chores, tasks and even exercises for the week. About an hour a week of planning will change the outcome of your week.
How to Make Sunday Productive
A little planning will go a long way. A couple hours once a week can save you hours during your most stressful times. Planning ahead of time will reduce your decision fatigue, so you can star your day with less stress, or end your evening without feeling overwhelmed.
Looking ahead at a few things will make your whole week run smoother.
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How to Prepare for a Productive Week
There are a few things you can look at and plan for each week to ensure success. Each item on this list represents decisions you have to make sometime.
You can make the decision when you're here and ready to make it –batch deciding is way easier than deciding on the go– instead of stressing or disregarding later. For example, self care. If you don't plan for it, will you actually do it?
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Intentionally Plan Your Sunday
Let's go a little more in depth about these things, along with other ways you can streamline your week.
Weekly Meal Planning
This is my favorite way to save decisions later in the week. At 4pm Tuesday afternoon, if you don't already have a plan for dinner, you're going to make bad (probably expensive) decisions that aren't great for your health or wallet.
You have to eat every day, you might as well plan for it
The best way to do this is to write down meals you want to try, or meals you know you'll eat this week. If you do tacos on Tuesday, or go out to dinner every Friday, then plan for it.
Here are a few great ways to find meals for the week:
It will come as no surprise that your easiest meal will be one you already know and love, like that easy meatloaf you've happily made your whole life.
I am easily overwhelmed so I like looking for done-for-you meal plans, such as this paleo starter meal plan by Irena Macri. Each week has a printable plan, with what to create ahead of time, what to buy, and when to cook each meal. Best of all: It's free.
This planner is great for meal planning, it has a spot for each day and meal, as well as a spot for any shopping lists you'd need. Check the price at Life and Apples Here.
Plan Your Outfits
This isn't just for you. If I'll be honest, I'm mostly worried about my kids here.
They can never find their socks, and if they can, it's usually a hassle to get them onto the feet, and somehow they go missing when they're ready to put shoes on. Uck.
A plan makes this whole system a lot easier. Set out tops, bottoms, dresses (and bows), socks, and shoes for each day of the week. I like to put them each on their own hanger for each child to easily find and access on their own.
Dirty clothes baskets where they normally change will make your laundry life a lot easier too. This way you won't have to remind them to take their dirty clothes to the dirty clothes basket.
If you need a plan for laundry, I have a great weekly printable you can find here: The Best Laundry Routines for Moms.
Make Lists for the Week
Lists are my favorite way to organize. There are so many you can use to see success this week. Here are a few of my favorites:
Read More: The Ultimate List of Lists
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Reflect on Your Week
Each week is a new opportunity to find success. Having a check in day will help you see what exactly is working for you, and what you don't need or want to change.
Weekly Reflection Journal Prompts
Products to Help You Plan Your Week
First, you'll want a good planner, I have several I love, and InkWELL press is an old favorite of mine. Look at how beautiful the cover is!
Here are a few other InkWELL Planner products that are super helpful, and so beautiful:
You can click any of those links to view the current price on their Web site and see if they're perfect for you.
Another wonderful resource I have available for readers is the morning routine printable. Use these sheets to ensure you'll have a successful and easy day.