I love being organized, staying on top of things, and making the most of my time throughout the week. But sometimes it gets hard to keep up with. I love the idea of having a weekly routine, carried out on a Saturday or Sunday, to get done all those little tasks I put off throughout the week, prepare for the week ahead, and show myself a little extra care.
I’ve seen this done a lot of different ways but for me it seems to make the most sense to break it into categories. My priorities are to clean, plan/reflect, and physically take care of myself. I also like throwing in a little miscellaneous category in there for all those tasks that don’t fit so nicely in those previous categories. These could be extra things that I would love to get done but aren’t absolutely necessary.
It helps to have a quick, 5 minute “brain dump” before getting specific with the tasks that need to get done that week. Each week will be a little bit different and taking the time to write down what’s on your mind will help you make sure you don’t miss anything.
Before jumping in, I make it a point to light all my candles, turn on my salt lamp, and diffuse some essential oils. Might as well make it as enjoyable as possible, right? I grab a big glass of ice water and get started.
Here is what that usually looks like for me:
- Empty the trash
- Sweep the floors
- Wipe all surfaces
- Clean the bathroom
- Wash, dry, and fold laundry
- Write out my work schedule, workout schedule, and any other important events in my calendar for the week ahead
- Do a financial check-in, go through receipts, update my budget
- Meal prep my lunches for the week ahead
- Go to the gym, take a walk outside, stretch, foam roll
- Take a shower
- Wash my hair
- Paint my nails
- Grocery shopping
- Clean my car
- Write thank you cards
- Drop off donations
Do you have your own version of a reset routine? What helps you feel prepared for the week ahead?