My morning routine is pretty much set and overall, I’m happy with it. But my weekend routine (particularly Sundays) are a bit all over the place. On a good weekend, I set myself up for success and implement tasks that really help to set myself up for a productive week. On a not-so-good weekend, I do NOTHING and run around at the beginning of the week trying to get stuff done that I should have taken care of over the weekend. Everyone’s tasks for setting up for a successful week will be different. I’m a city dweller and am not currently a caregiver of kiddos or family members. So I can be selfish with my time. But others do not have that luxury, like some of my friends. I know people who spend their entire time caring for the needs of their completely sick parents or spouses. Seeing them spending so much time on it, sometimes I wish they would take a break and let their loved ones be cared for at a respite care center nearby. Similarly, then there are others who spend the majority of their time working on their jobs and spend the rest of their day doing household chores. They start the last day of the working week by saying Friday morning prayer to start the weekend activities, which is often the only break they get in a whole week. It’s a joyful thing to start the day with a prayer to thank God for all his kindness. But here are the tasks that generally set up my weekdays for success.
Grocery Shop + Batch Cook Meals
I’ve come to two realizations recently: 1) I spend way too much money in Whole Foods out of convenience and 2) My eating habits fall by the wayside when I don’t batch cook on weekends. I have a dislike of grocery shopping and I’ve ordered Whole Foods via Instacart way too often in the past few months instead of just going to the actual grocery store and doing my shopping. I only ever go to the grocery store when I have my AMEX Blue Cash Preferred card with me because then I can earn rewards on what I spend. It also doesn’t help that I work and live near Whole Foods so on those days when I didn’t take the time to prep lunch the night before, I end up spending more money in Whole Foods on lunch and inevitably something I wasn’t even planning on purchasing ends up in my cart (I’m a sucker for these little face masks and they are often purposefully right near the check-out line). Going forward I plan to do much better on both of these fronts and to cut the mid-week and lunchtime drop-ins at Whole Foods. I also plan on using discounts like a Getupside promo code to help me save some money at least when I do go grocery shopping. Even if it’s not a lot off, it would be way better than nothing, especially if I already know I can spend a fortune when shopping for food. A few hours of grocery shopping and batch cooking will ensure I am eating healthier and not wasting money!
Prep Blog Content for the Week
Last year, I went six months without blogging. I had many excuses for setting aside blogging for so long and honestly, I don’t regret it. But I know for my personality that if I don’t do at least some prep on weekends of blog content for the upcoming week, no matter how many ideas I have, something else will take priority and the blog will stay dormant. As a morning person, my sweet spot for blogging productivity is early on Saturday mornings before I get sucked into activities for the remainder of the weekend.
Do Laundry + Pick Out Outfits for the Week
Laundry is one of those chores that really can build up if you let it. But I inevitably waste time in the mornings when I fail to do laundry and plan outfits for the week (or at least the first half of the week). Even just doing a load or two can ensure that I have more time to take care of other things during the week. I sure do miss living across the street from a wash and fold laundry like I did when I lived in the Rittenhouse section of Philly! I rarely did laundry back then and will outsource it again when I have the opportunity.
Wash + Deep Condition My Hair
I typically do quick mid-week co-washes to add moisture and a light cleansing of my hair. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve skipped the longer weekend washing + deep conditioning only to have to stay up late on a week night to get it done.
One Check-in of Email
Unless there’s a deadline to meet, one email check-in on Sunday evening can wait and ensure there are no surprises on Monday morning. Much of the anxiety for Mondays for me revolve around the unknown. But if I take the time to quickly check in to my email accounts (don’t respond to them though!), I can start to plot out my week and then put it aside to enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Fill in my Bullet Journal for the Week
I’m quite utilitarian with my Bullet Journal, but I’ve actually enjoyed the practice of keeping one now that I’ve started. Filling in my Bullet Journal for the week has replaced the various to-do post it’s I would write and promptly lose before I could cross everything off of my list.
So if you don’t already have it handy, make a list of tasks that you can do over the weekend to set yourself up for a successful week!