The Sunday scaries are real. Friday finally rolls around, and you’re playing in a meadow of daffodils. And on Saturday, you’re skipping through Candy Land tipsy on champagne and brunch. But, then Sunday creeps up, and it’s time to put on your heavy armor. May the odds be ever in your favor, little one. You close your eyes on Sunday night praying for the best, and then the week begins. I don’t know about you but from Monday to Thursday, I feel like I am barreling down a big steep hill with a few too many bumps and curves and not enough tulips and coffee breaks.
There’s got to be a way to change this, right? Easier said than done, my friend. We are by no means experts at the task, but we would love to share a few tips. And, we think your weekly plan will fit perfectly into the WritefullyHis planner by Bloom Daily Planners. Here we go…
Don’t Overbook Yourself
This one can be especially hard. There are so many things to get done in one week, but you have to learn how to say no. If you don’t have enough time to drive between appointments and meetings, you have overbooked yourself. Nowadays, everything is so fast…high speed internet, same day shipping, instant downloads. Just because everything else is super fast, it doesn’t mean you have to run at full-speed too. Slow down, stop at the yellow light, be 10 minutes early just because. It will make your life so much better.
Plan your week with confidence; don’t overbook yourself.
Plan your meals for the week
Grace and I recently discovered, Shipt. Shipt is an online grocery delivery service, and there is a free 2-week trial. This Sunday, I encourage you to lie on your plush,comfy bed and plan your meals for the week. Order your food through the Shipt app and wait for delivery. I ordered my groceries last Sunday, and I felt totally prepared for the week ahead. See, when I go to the grocery store, I always forget something, get super stressed out with the traffic, and usually buy 10 things I don’t actually need (like the gelato and Snickers). Planning your meals for the week will relieve you from some serious hassle – and staying in bed while you do it isn’t too bad either.
Schedule some quiet time
We are big believers in quiet time. My quiet time usually comes in the late afternoon, but Grace has her quiet time at 4:30 AM. It’s really whatever floats your boat. Quiet time is so important because it lets your mind decompress from the rush and go of life. Read a book, open your Bible, color on a blank sheet of paper, snuggle with your puppy (or kitty) and just relax.
Set one goal for your week
Oftentimes, we set too many goals for one week and then it seems like too much, so we never do any of it. Sound familiar? My goal for this week is to hang the new painting I bought at the Girl Tribe Pop Up last weekend. It’s a small, small goal, but I know I can get it done. If I do meet my goal, I will set another small goal and work towards that. Maybe your goal is to eat 4+ salads or run 2x a week or maybe write 3 thank you notes to family and friends. You can do it, I promise!
Write in time to connect with others
I know it seems silly to say this, but you should schedule some time in your week to connect with your family and friends. It doesn’t have to be a formal ‘at 2:38 PM call mom.’ It can be more informal than that. For example, my friend Carson calls me every week on her walk home from work. At least once a week, I hear from her and that is so awesome. Talking with your loved ones can reduce stress and bring about happiness in your soul. It gives you a chance to share highs and lows from the week and tell funny stories. You need to laugh – I promise.
Have something to look forward to
We all have lots of responsibilities in life. Work, family, meetings, bills. Adulting is hard, I know. That’s why we should schedule at least one thing to look forward to. This week, I am looking forward to my manicure and glass of wine on Friday. Last week, I looked forward to my lunch date with my cousin at the MayoBird. It helps pass the week by, and you have something to get excited for. Today, when my car broke down, I just thought about my manicure and how much more I would enjoy it come Friday.
Write it all down
Last but not least, good planning comes from good organization. While you are curled up in your bed on Sunday afternoon, pull out your planner and look at the week ahead. Write down all of your appointments, meetings, phone calls and to-do’s. If you write it all down, you’re certainly less likely to forget but it will also help you feel more confident in your schedule. Again, don’t overbook yourself. Leave room for flexibility just in case something happens – like your car breaks down or the kiddos have a temper tantrum.