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7 Easy Tips to Help Prepare for a Busy Week

If you are like me, your weekly calendar can look like a bus schedule. Time management and organization are important while trying to juggle everything you’ve got going on. Here are 7 easy tips to help prepare for a busy week.

  1. Get it all in the planner and set reminder notifications. Regardless of whether you have a busy week or not, having everything planned on your smartphone calendar is the way to go. For a busy week, don’t forget to schedule out personal time as well. Set reminder notifications that will give you enough time to prepare. For example, if you have something planned for first thing in the morning, set a notification for the night before.
  2. Make sure all the laundry is done. When I say done, I mean—washed, dried, folded and put away. This way, you will have all the clothing on hand while planning your outfits.
  3. Outfit selections. I remember when I was in high school and had very limited clothing (along with an elevated level of anxiety). I went as far as creating an outfit calendar so I didn’t wear the same thing twice in one week! Not saying you should go that far (even if your clothing is limited), but it certainly helps to have the outfits—that you know fit and look good—ready to go each morning. So maybe get the top, bottoms and accessories all on one hanger for each day; having them lined up in your closet in the order of days you want to wear them. Then, all you’ll need to do is grab the hanger in the morning. What a load off! Am I right?
  4. Fill up your tank. If you drive, make sure your car’s gas tank is full on Sunday evening so you won’t have to dig into your precious time throughout the week for gas stops.
  5. Grocery shop and plan your dinners for the week. Get everything on your grocery list over the weekend, so you have all you need to prep for slow-cooker or freezer It will save a ton of time to drop some things into a crockpot in the morning and come home to a cooked meal or pull out a prepped freezer meal, thaw and voila!
  6. Pack lunches the night before. Depending on what you plan to bring for lunch, you might be able to pack lunch for a couple days at once. Either way, prepping the lunch the night before or days in advance will take away the stress of making it the morning of.
  7. Start the week with a cleaned house. Personally, having a clean (or at least, straightened up) house and a dish-free sink eliminates anxiety. When I get up in the morning or come home after a busy day, the last thing I want to worry about is a dirty sink or home; if things are a mess, it’s hard for me to relax. So, taking time for a good cleaning over the weekend and maintaining it every night to eliminate the dirty dish anxiety, will help when the week starts throwing stress your way.
So here you go. You learned a little about me and my quirks, but I know I am not alone and—if you are like me—you know you’re not either. ;) Have a fantastic week!