Sunday, the day known for rest, is also the day to set up for a productive week, especially for busy working mums and entrepreneurs. Below are productivity tips that take little time but really do help you set up for the week.
Ever catch yourself saying ‘Ah… but it’s Sunday.’ There were times throughout the day on Sunday that I often caught myself saying this, especially if I had been on shift earlier in the day. These days I seldom work on Sundays, but most Sundays I set myself up for a successful week.
Making the most of Sundays.
Having a family, a job, a business and, of course, my own goals as well as family goals, life can get busy. Sometimes, I wonder how mums
First things first. Sunday is often family day in our house or when Carsten and I go out and do things we enjoy, like walking, exploring new places or going out for lunch. Therefore, I plan my week and set my week up towards the end of the day on a Sunday. However, preparing for the week ahead can take place on a different day, one that suits you.
7 Tasks To Do On A Sunday To Set Up For A Productive Week.
1. Plan Your Week.
Grab your diary, weekly planner, journal or open your online calendar. Write down all your activities for the week.
- Schedule to your ‘me time’. For me, that includes walking time, journaling and meditation time. For you, it may be your gym time or personal development activities. Try blocking your time for your activities in your diary, as it helps with productivity.
- To have a productive week, plan out your tasks with the most difficult first. As Brain Tracy says, ‘Eat that frog’.
- If you have a family whiteboard, check to see if there are any times or things that need updating.
In your weekly planner, write everything you have planned for the week. Don’t overplan. Remember to allow yourself time for meals, travel, phone calls, family and the small things that sometimes eat up time but matter to you.
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Update The Whiteboard.
As you write up your plan in your agenda, if you have a weekly family whiteboard, check this and update it with;
- Your times and actions.
- Check for any family activities you need to plan into your calendar.
- Note down any times that family members may need you. In my case, it is sometimes as a ‘mum taxi driver.’
Over the years, I’ve used a variety of calendars or whiteboards to stay updated with family activities. When the children were little, we all had our own row in a weekly family planner. Now I use a whiteboard, and we have different colours.
A tip if you also look after elderly parents, relatives or people is to have a whiteboard set up for them with their daily activities and times. This really helps them remember what is happening and how to plan for their day.
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2. Plan your meals.
One way to plan for success in the week is to plan the weekly meals. I know many families have set meals they eat on set nights. In my household, now that my adult son likes to cook new recipes, the meals are often changing. We still have a few days where the family has a set meal day.
- Spaghetti Bolognese Wednesdays
- Pizza Fridays
Do you have a set day for certain meals?
Even if you don’t have any set meals for certain days of the week, it is really helpful to have the meals planned in advance, especially if you are like me and are watching your weight. When you know what the meal is for the evening, then you can decide to eat it or to have a healthier option.
Tip 1: Delegate set cook nights to a family member.
Tip 2: Keep some healthy meal options in the freezer for quick alternative meals.
3. Meal Preparation.
One way to save time throughout the week is to prepare meals beforehand. I tend to do this on a Sunday, you might choose another day that suits you.
Schedule in time to cook up complete meals for the fridge and freezer. As well as preparing salads or vegetables and sealing them in containers in the fridge.
Saving time is the main reason to have meals prepared for the week. Yes, I agree; some meals are quick and easy to cook during the day, yet others take time. Also, sometimes after work, when tired, it is easy to give in and purchase takeaway or choose an unhealthy option from the store.
Fresh is best as are the home-cooked meals. Cooking in bulk for the fridge and freezer saves both time and money.
Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more – Henry Ford
4. Write The Shopping list
As you write up your menus for the week, check the pantry and write the shopping list.
I like to add my shopping list into a list app ‘Wunderlist’. I even have the list shared with the family so anyone can add to the grocery shopping. Or even go shopping. That’s a bonus!
When I’m out shopping, if it’s not on the list, it is not brought. That’s a money saver!
5. Fold The Laundry.
From when my children had school uniforms that needed washing, I got into the habit of washing on the weekends. I still do. Therefore, the laundry gets folded and put away on a Sunday. No ironing unless absolutely needed. Buying clothes that do not need ironing is what I would recommend.
You may like ironing. I refer to it as a chore, so it is one of the tasks I delegate. Now everyone in my household is an adult, and there is a lot of delegation and shared tasks.
Tip 3. Set up different coloured laundry tubs in the laundry for the wash. Kids love to sort out colours, and it is a great way to educate them on the importance of not washing the reds and whites together.
6. Set Out Your Weekly Outfits.
When you know what you need for the week in clothing, it really does save energy. Yes, in some instances, activities may change, and different attire may be needed, but if you have most of your clothes ready, it is so much easier and such a time saver.
Really, how often do we, as women stand in front of the wardrobe and think what shall I wear today?
It does not need to be difficult. You could make choices easy regarding clothing by following the same principal as Steve Jobs by wearing a signature outfit each day. There are many people who wear the same thing every day.
Mark Zuckerberg said ‘Deciding on clothing every day, is not something he wants to waste energy on.’
Giving yourself a work uniform may be an option for you to save time in deciding what to wear each day.
Don’t want a uniform, how about hanging the clothes in order in the wardrobe ready for the week.
Don’t forget the gym clothes, lay them out ready. Having your gym clothes ready is eliminating an excuse.
7. Goal setting
Part of planning for the week for me includes writing up my weekly goals and my
- Write up your weekly goals
- Write up your to-do list
- Note down something you are doing for your health
- Write down something you are doing for fun this week.
Tip 4. Do not make your weekly
Productive Sundays Summary.
Be prepared for an amazing week by;
- Planning your week
- Planning your meals
- Preparing your meals
- Writing out the shopping list, delegating if you can
- Being on top of the laundry
- Setting out your daily clothing
- Knowing your goals