So I have a confession to make. Organization does not come naturally to me. It takes a lot of work and I almost always revert back to my fly by the seat of my pants type of ways. Even through college and my masters program I was most productive in the eleventh hour. Why am I sharing this? Because it’s not the best way to go about life when there are so many things to juggle. I think I finally found a system that is working for me. One week at a time. So today I am sharing 5 ways to jump-start your week.
I have found that planning out just one week keeps me from getting overwhelmed. It allows me to still be a tad last-minute which is how I operate. But overall I stay on track and don’t let things fall through the cracks. If you struggle to stay on top of it, this post is for you!
1 | UPDATE THE CALENDAR
Despite being fairly organized, keeping a calendar does not come naturally to me. Is that weird? I like this one and also have this type of calendar and adore it. I have so many friends who immediately say, “Let me check my calendar!” when we are planning an outing. I love that. Me?! It’s more like, “Hmmm. . . let me think about what is swirling around in my head!” Clearly not efficient or necessarily effective. So I am forcing myself to sit down on Sunday night and address my calendar. If nothing else, I just make sure the entire week has everything written down. Here are examples of what I schedule on the calendar:
- All sports practices and games
- My blogging schedule \ collaboration deadlines
- Dinner for each night
- Appointments or dates with friends
- Volunteer commitments
- Dinner/lunches with my parents
- Photography shoots for the blog
- Any parties or extra activities for the kids
- Workout plan (more on that later)
I have to admit that when you write it all down and see the week fill up it gives me a bit of anxiety. Deep down I like to think that I have nothing going on and nothing to do and the week is wide open. Alas, it’s not and this is helping me plan my time better so I am not racing out the door and trying to juggle dinner plans. I know most people prefer calendar apps on their phones but I am still old school. I love to write with an actual pen and I think it helps commit it to memory for me.
2 | MEAL PLAN
My girlfriends and I talk about this ALL. THE. TIME. When we meal plan, life is so much easier. When we don’t, dinner every night is such a struggle. So I have committed to sitting down at this table on Sunday night. I grab my favorite cookbooks and laptop ( I find many recipes online) and schedule our dinners. I also create the shopping list for Monday morning. It is astounding how much stress is lifted when you aren’t wondering about dinner. Plus our sports schedule has really managed to do a number on our dinner hour so it’s even more important to plan ahead. You can see some of my go-to recipe under my “Yummy” tab. Here are the things I plan out while I meal plan:
- Dinner plan for Monday – Friday ( we play the weekend by ear)
- Lunches for the children
- Lunch ideas for me so that I don’t run out to grab something unhealthy.
Barefoot Contessa is someone I love when it comes to cooking. I especially gravitate to her vegetable ideas. But I don’t always use recipes during the week. There is no reason to go crazy. We stick to things like tacos, grilled chicken, and baked salmon. My children are great eaters so it allows us to be pretty darn flexible. I always use leftovers in a Chipotle style bowl on Friday nights. We toss in left over protein, cauliflower rice, avocado, tomatoes, lime and hot sauce. It’s a big hit with the family and helps use up things we have in the fridge. This recipe is also a staple around here and awesome as a burrito to go the next day!
3 | STOCK THE FRIDGE
One of my favorite purchases ever are these bins. Keep an eye out for them at your local HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. They are life changing in the refrigerator. Truly. I always clean out the fridge and these bins before I grocery shop. Besides the items I need for school lunches and dinners, I grab our staples. I have six bins in total. Three get filled with fruits wish are washed and ready to go. The other three get filled with vegetables and greens. It is so helpful when it comes to eating healthy. The veggies are typically part of our dinners and when the kids need a snack, they are welcome to grab fruit. I am a huge avocado toast eating gal so those avocados never go to waste. I’ve also started drinking lemon water before my coffee each morning so we stock up on those, too. Plus it’s extremely easy to open the fridge and immediately see what staple we are low on and I can grab during the week.
4 | REACH OUT
I’ve really taken a long hard look at how I go about my week and what leaves me feeling fulfilled or unfulfilled. Working from home can be very isolating. I love everything about it but I spend a huge amount of hours on the blog. Everything from planning to styling, shooting, editing and writing. So that translates to a ton of alone time. Making a goal to reach out every week and take the focus off of what I am doing is really important to me. Whether its writing a note to a relative, picking up the phone or sending a surprise package to a friend. Any of these things help me to think about the big picture. So many of us are going through things and need support so taking a moment to reach out can be a lifeline for some.
5 | MAKE AN EXERCISE PLAN
Last but certainly not least, the exercise plan! Another thing I have discovered is that I can not make a plan to work out for the entire year or even month. My brain doesn’t work that way. So now I simply just look at the week and write down four days to get exercise. I am trying to attend Barre3 classes twice a week and kickbox in my garage the other two. I love working out and feel so much better when I do. But I can so easily let it slide so putting it down on paper makes me accountable. And I feel so accomplished when I follow through.
Taking the time to jump-start my week with these habits is really making a difference. Let me know if you give it a try to keep things on track in your life. I would love to hear.
Looking for more organization ideas, I just attacked our
junk supply drawer! Make it a great day, friends. I am off to meet a friend so look for that on stories! We are up to something fun!