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SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS WEEKEND TO MANAGE YOUR BUSY WEEK AHEAD

How often do you get to the end of the week and feel exhausted because you’ve been so busy? It’s hard to manage the day to day, let alone our higher level goals. Balancing the tactical skills to get through the week differ greatly from the strategic skills required to achieve our goals. Life is  busy and there’s always lots happening, often things we cannot control. I find if I spend a bit of time over the weekend planning and getting organised for the week ahead, things tend to run a bit more smoothly. Here’s a few things you can do to help make the busiest of weeks a little more organised and productive.

 

Check your calendar
Have a complete understanding of what’s happening each day. If a day looks too full, consider making adjustments or rescheduling appointments to ease the pressure. Keep a family calendar or diary in a central location for everyone to see with all your appointments/activities on it. Discuss with your family what’s on for the week so everyone is clear about what’s happening.

Plan your wardrobe
Eliminate time wasted standing in front of your wardrobe wondering what to wear by spending a bit of time picking out your clothes for the week.  If you’re looking your best you will feel confident and act your best. Ensure all your items are clean, ironed, aren't missing buttons and ready to go. If you have a special event coming up or are travelling, plan what you’ll be wearing/taking with you to avoid last minute panic. If you go running or attend the gym, pack your bag so you don’t need to think about it at the time (include drink bottles, towels etc). If you feel you have a wardrobe full of clothes but can never find anything to wear, perhaps consider putting together a capsule wardrobe so it’s easy to choose and put outfits together.

Meal Planning and Preparation
Try to write a meal plan (at least for Mon-Fri) so that you can eliminate time spent trying to think about what to cook. Spend some time on the weekend preparing bulk meals (and/or freezing some), snacks and lunchbox items. Chopping up carrot & celery sticks, making a batch of muffins/biscuits, a salad and one or two main meals saves me so much time during the week. Because we can only get fresh fish one day per week, we have fish night and Friday's are pizza night which works well. If I have some idea of what meals we're going to have, it takes a lot of the thinking out each day.

List and allocate all weekly tasks
Create a master list of all the chores that need to be done each week ie taking out the rubbish bins, feeding the pets, making beds, ironing, washing etc. If you can dedicate these tasks to a certain time or day each week, then it becomes habit. If your children are old enough, assign certain jobs to them and give them pocket money at the end of each week. If you can, delegate tasks to other family members.

Plan your sleep
It’s really important to set aside enough time to ensure you get adequate sleep. When juggling a busy week, a good night’s sleep allows your brain to recharge and your body to rest. Try to create a bedtime routine and stick to it, spend a couple of hours prior to bed doing something relaxing, limit food and beverages too close to bed time and plan the right sleeping environment. If something’s on your mind, write down your thoughts in a journal or keep a notebook by your bed for all those things you remember in the middle of the night!

Plan your ‘me’ time or relaxation
Maintaining a balance between the time you devote to yourself and to others is essential to ensure you don’t get stressed or unwell. Set aside some time to do something for yourself, whether it be to read a book or magazine, catch up with friends, go for a walk, attend a class or go to the gym. Schedule it in your diary/calendar and try to make it a priority, you’re worth it.

Planning is a key principle in being productive. The more you can plan prior to the week commencing, the better organised your week will be.

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