Do you feel like every week goes by way too fast and feel unprepared for the oncoming week? Are you always wondering where your time went during the weekend – do you actually remember doing anything besides feeding yourself and watching that show on Netflix?
What could you have possibly been doing for 48 hours???
Been there, done that!
That’s why I’m here to help you quit the Monday dread (for the most part) and actually enjoy your weekends, refresh yourself, and feel ready to conquer the week ahead. It’s all about intentional living.
Don’t get sucked into that vortex of nothingness only to come back to reality and say “omg it’s Sunday at 5 PM what have I been doing this whole weekend?!?!”
Choose how you need to revive yourself and do it. No. questions. asked. Don’t sit there and stare off into space. Create a routine. Set alarms on your phone. Write it down in your planner. Whatever you need to do to create that habit of living intentionally, for self-care and really, for self-preservation! Let’s all be happier humans by being mindful of how we spend our time and live with intention.
Ok, enough of the pep talk!
Here are my top 8 tips to reset yourself for a productive and stress-free week ahead:
You conquered the week, you’ve earned a little R&R! I often find during the week that I don’t have as much relaxation time as I’d like – what with working from 7:45 AM to 5 PM pretty much every day and going to sleep early enough to feel well rested, there isn’t a lot of hours left over in the day. So every Friday night when I get home, I give myself some time to just sit and do nothing.
This is when I like to catch up on TV shows, browse the internet, etc. I like to do some mindless task to just give myself a break and wind down from the week.
2. Make Time to Socialize
We are social creatures, so even if you identify as an introvert, it’s likely that you need SOME type of socialization every now and then to stay sane. This can be as simple as interacting with your family or significant other. Making time for friends you haven’t been in contact with in a while is always a plus – make time to maintain those relationships! Friendships can be maintained with little effort as long as you make time for them now and then 🙂
I am a huge homebody, but I never regret it when I finally force myself to stop being lazy and get out of the house to spend time with friends. Spending time with other people is a refreshing energizer for me, so it might be just what you need to clear the previous week’s trials from your system.
So, I don’t make nearly enough time for this as I should, but like the statement about socialization above – I have absolutely never regretted a workout. If you are having trouble establishing a routine and sticking with it, consider starting small. Plan out something that you truly enjoy and is easy to do so you can’t make excuses to skip out on it – like walking the dog or doing a 5-minute yoga YouTube video (I highly recommend checking out Yoga With Adriene‘s videos!).
If you can do something small, you’ll feel accomplished and it’s extremely gratifying to know that you are doing something good for your health and body. This doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t be) only a weekend reset item, but sometimes life happens. If you’re already good about practicing this habit during the week, maybe take a little extra time on the weekend – take your workout slow, push yourself to new levels, try out a new method. This is your time to really enjoy it!
4. Do Something for Yourself
A.K.A. spend some time doing a hobby of yours! For me, it’s some type of craft or playing with my art supplies in some way. Other ideas could be reading a book, taking a bubble bath, a fun shopping trip, trying a new restaurant, etc.!
If you don’t really have a hobby or a go-to activity for fun, you can try mine: no artistic skills required. Whenever I want to wind down and get creative, but don’t really have something specific in mind that I want to make, I turn to my art journal.
I bought this little book from Michael’s (kind of like a bullet journal) and use it as my art journal. I get out all of my art supplies and put it on the pages however I want. It’s fun because there’s no rhyme or reason to anything, no planning involved, no vision for the outcome. It can be as simple or full as you want it!
5. Get Outside
If you’re like the rest of the world, you most likely spend the majority of your weekdays indoors. Guess what? You need some sunshine to stay healthy! ESPECIALLY if you work from home – it’s seriously not good to stay trapped in the same place 24/7.
There’s something peaceful about getting back out into nature. Personally, I have really loved taking my dog on morning walks and drinking my coffee. It doesn’t take much time, and it’s really relaxing. Even if you don’t have a dog, I highly suggest trying it out!
If you want to make it a fun event you can spend a little more time outdoors by discovering a new hike. Check out this website AllTrails – it might help you find one in your area that you haven’t done before!
6. Make Your Living Environment Clean
When I am stressed out and overwhelmed, those feelings are amplified if I come home and see messes and clutter everywhere 🙁 It’s hard to have a productive week if your space is messy. Every weekend I reset my home by doing all of the big chores. That way, during the week all I really need to do is clean up the clutter and dishes!
Cleaning after coming home from a long day is no fun, but I don’t really mind during the weekend. I love listening to podcasts while I’m cleaning – then I feel like I’m multi-tasking and I’m not using up a giant chunk of my time just on chores.
I’ve also made weekend cleaning into a little game for myself that I like to call the “Power Hour”. I try to clean AS MUCH as I can in one hour. I set a timer on my phone and everything. This makes it way easier to convince myself to start cleaning because I know it will only take one hour. You’d be surprised at how much you can clean when you’re focusing and doing it intentionally!
7. Plan Out Your Meals for the Week & Meal Prep
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when I come home from a long day is wonder what I have to eat for dinner, and then find out I don’t really have anything and that I have to go get food. The best way to avoid this is to plan it all out the weekend before!
Sound like too much work? You don’t have to necessarily cook EVERYTHING on the weekend like those Instagram meal-preppers you see. Just having a menu for yourself will help!
My method is to plan out 2-3 bigger meals that are simple to make. I’ll make one on the weekend and then the other ones mid-week. I have an entire blog post about my meal planning method to fight the mid-week hanger! PLUS, you can get access to the meal planning printable I’ve made that helps me to do this and stay organized!
8. Plan Out Your Tasks for a Productive Week
I like to do this task to give myself a break from planning ahead and to let myself live in the moment. Unfortunately, living in the moment doesn’t set you up to conquer everything you want to accomplish, so you’ll have to get back to task managing eventually. I usually save this task for every Sunday. That way I’ve had enough weekend to let go of the events of the previous week and relaxed enough to get into the mindset of being productive again.
I have a blog post all about my weekly planning method, and how I made a to-do list printable to help me actually stick with my list and get things done!
Which of these things are you struggling with? What do you already do well?
For me, I always prioritize cleaning and planning ahead (it’s more of a natural habit for me) but I have to make the conscious decision to socialize, exercise, and remember to take time to enjoy my hobbies.
Like I’ve said previously, I never regret it when I do make time for these activities, so I hope to make them an established part of my weekend routines for a productive week. I’m starting by making small goals for myself (2 social activities a month, yoga videos, and taking time to do some form of art every weekend). Any progress is still progress!
Let me know what your goals are for resetting yourself on the weekend to have a more productive and stress-free week!