Three years ago I thought I had my Sunday prep all figured out. I shared my process and referenced my own post over and over again as a checklist for the week. I spent a few hours prepping for the week every Sunday and it worked for me.
But then, like most things, my process changed when I became a Mom and especially after I went back to work. I got a bit more laid back and streamlined my process since time is precious and my weekend is my time to be with my family and have time to myself.
Here are my updated things that I do to prepare for the week. They truly do make my week SO much easier!
1. I map out my week– I do this on Friday when I’m closing out my work week so that I can end the work day feeling prepared for the upcoming week. This allows me to let go and enjoy my weekend, which is so key. I shared my process here.
2. I run my errands on Friday– I used to spend a good chunk of my weekend running errands but now I try to do all the necessary errands on Friday during lunch or in the evening. It magically frees up time on the weekend and gives me one less thing to “have to do.”
3. We have a Sunday morning ritual– We go to church as a family and then usually grab coffee and sometimes breakfast. It gets us up and out and sets up for the week.
4. I am intentional with my weekend plans- I have become very aware with how I spend my time in general and especially on the weekends. These days I try to maintain a balance of busy weekends and ones that are free and clear. If we’re traveling I always keep a free calendar before and after so we don’t get overwhelmed.
5. We check in as a family on the upcoming week- I try not to check my planner too much on the weekends and no longer use my time to check off my to-do list, but I do take a quick look on Sunday evening and check in with Rich. It helps make sure we’re on the same page and gives me a bit of peace of mind.
6. We make an indulgent dinner on Sunday night- Our Sunday dinners are usually something a bit more indulgent or more tedious than a typical weeknight meal. It makes the night a bit special and helps us to enjoy our last few hours before we’re back to the grind. I keep a Pinterest board of ideas and I enjoy either picking out a new recipe to try or falling back on one of our favorites.
7. I spend 20 minutes setting things up for Monday morning- I do very minimal prep on Sundays but I do spend about 20 minutes total prepping for the week to begin. This involves prepping something for breakfast while I cook our dinner, getting Buel’s things for daycare ready, packing my gym bag, laying out my workout clothes and packing my lunch.
8. I do not do any work on Sunday- Beyond the 20 minutes of prep for Monday, I do zero work on Sundays. I value my downtime more than every before and everything else can wait. My clean laundry can be stored in the dryer for the time being, my email can be answered on Monday. Sunday is my time to relax and enjoy time with my family!
9. I wind down with a new book or a treat- Keeping with the theme of the indulgent Sunday night, I try to give myself something to look forward to as I wind down for bed. A lot of times I’ll start a new book, do a face mask or have a little treat after dinner. Enjoying the time I have is so key before the week and it helps keep my mind on the present vs worrying about what the week will bring.
10. I leave time for flow, fun, productivity and downtime- These four things are the things I’ve found make for a weekend that make me feel good come Monday morning. Of course every week is different, but I try my best to be mindful of my time. It makes a huge difference.
What do you do to prepare for the week?