I spend a lot of time playing catch up during the work week. As I’m rushing around to get out of the house in the morning or to get to an appointment, I always think to myself that if I was more organized that this would not happen. And what do I do about it? Nothing. So I recently visited a time management coach and here are the top seven things I learned to help me get ready for the week ahead and leave more time for other pursuits.
1. Make Your Weekend Productive
I know it’s tempting to kick back and do nothing after a long work week, but plan to spend two hours each day during the weekend (Friday through Sunday) planning for the week ahead. For example, Friday you organize your mail from the past week and start organizing your clothes for the dry cleaners.
2. Plan Your Meals and Prep Them
Prepping your meals ahead of time can be a huge time saver in the long run if you have children and a busy work schedule. Knowing what you’re having for breakfast, lunch and dinner will save you a huge amount of time during the week and will reduce the chance that you’ll eat out.
3. Pull Together Your Looks
Another way to save a lot of time during the work week is to plan your outfits ahead of time. This is also good for helping you review your planner since you’ll need to plan your outfits around various meetings, events, and so forth. This should take no more than 10 minutes. Once you have your outfits picked out, lay them out and make sure they’re in a place that’s easily accessible come Monday morning.
4. Tidy Up
Unless your house is a complete mess, odds are you just have a little tidying up to do. Take 30 minutes to do the dishes, take out the trash, organize papers, and whatever else that is causing unnecessary clutter in your home.
5. Get Your Financial House in Order
No one likes paying bills. I mean…I have not met a single person who loved paying a bill, but it is a necessary evil. Take this time to open, review, and pay your bills. You can also take this time to pencil in any upcoming expenses like a wedding or baby shower.
6. Schedule that Mani
With all this time spent planning for next week, you need to do SOMETHING for yourself. So have that cup of coffee or spring for a manicure…you deserve it!
7. Preview the Week
Take 15 minutes to see what’s happening in your week. You have planned for all the routine stuff, but see what, if anything, is out of the ordinary that you need to plan for. Also, pencil in some time to follow-up on emails and outstanding projects.
Try these seven tips and you should be well on your way to much smoother existence. Good luck!