Tips to Stay Organized During the Work Week

Today is a new day and the start of a new week! I sometimes dread Monday mornings (but then again don’t we all, haha) because I know that it’ll usually be a busy week and I already look forward to sleeping-in the next weekend. Although, Mondays are also a day for resetting and getting yourself in gear for the week ahead. Today I’m going to share with you some tips that I do, quite a bit, to help myself stay on track and organized during the busy work week.

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1. Have a day set aside to plan the next week

If I don’t have anything that I need to do that morning, Saturday is usually my planning day. I will write down a list of things I need to accomplish that week, write down any important events or meetings, plan blog posts, etc. I like to keep the major events on my iPhone calendar and then write down all the details/lists in my planner. When I am able to do this, it helps me have a much better mindset about juggling everything in the next few days. I also like being able to physically check things off of my lists and it helps me to feel a lot more productive.

2. Put things back where they belong

This might be a “no duh” point but it’s one that I’m tryyyying to be better at doing. Some weeks I’m more on top of just managing all my stuff and then other weeks–everything just gets thrown into piles. Make yourself get into the habit of putting your things back where they go as soon, or soon after, as you get home. Or set a timer for yourself at the end of the day, for maybe 10-15 minutes, and see how much you can get done before the timer goes off. Racing against the clock is a good motivator for me and it also motivates me that I won’t have to clean as much the next day.

3. Have a general idea what you’re going to eat that week

I am not the type of person who can meal plan/prep for the entire next week. Some days I’m at home during the evenings and others are spent doing various things from early in the morning to late at night. I try to have at least 2-3 days worth of groceries for the meals that I need to make at home and for meals that I can have for on-the-go. I may eat out a few times during the week and so it just doesn’t help me, right now, to plan out an entire week worth of meals. If I at least know what I have available at home, it usually helps me a lot and doesn’t leave me scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make.

4. Lay out everything you need for the next day

This tip is so helpful for me because I know where everything is the next morning and I don’t have to spend a lot of time hunting for things. I will lay out my clothes, shoes, coat, purse, computer bag, tote for my lunch, and anything else I need and leave it all in one spot. By laying everything out, it also saves me a lot of time in the mornings because I’m not trying to figure out what I want to wear.

I hope this tips have been helpful to you! Do you have any pre-work week routines that you do to stay organized?

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How to Become a Morning Person

Over the last few months I found myself in a bad rut when it came to getting up early and being an over-all morning person. However, I recently started a new routine and it has worked to get my sleepy bum out of bed and ready for the day. I wanted to share with you my tips for becoming a morning person, in case you’re in the same boat that I was.

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Set a schedule for the week. On Sunday nights, I have been making a schedule for the upcoming week that way I know what mornings I need to be up earlier than others, and what days I can afford to sleep in a little bit longer. By doing this, it helps me to be ok when the alarm goes off at 5am because I know that the next morning I may not have to get up that early.

Find an alarm that works for you. I have mentioned this app before but the only alarm I use is the Sleep Cycle App. This app allows you to be gradually woken up by the time you need your alarm to go off– instead of being startled to death, shaken out of deep sleep, terrified that you’re going to be late for work, etc, like the traditional alarm clock awakenings.

Just get up. Yep, just get up. When you hear your alarm off, whip off the covers and make yourself get out of bed! I can’t count the number of times that I’ve said “well I’ll just lay here for a few more minutes” and then I end up waking up an hour later. This may be the hardest part of the morning, but if you can will yourself out of bed–you can do anything!

Take your time and don’t rush. By getting up, moving, and setting a routine for myself in the morning, I have found that I’m not rushing around as frantically as I used to. By setting a routine, you too can enjoy your mornings before heading off to a hectic, busy day at the office.

Have a cup of coffee. This probably should have been the first tip, haha! I cannot function very well at all until I get some coffee in my system. My friends and family know that the pre-coffee Amy is totally different from the caffeinated Amy, i.e. not being able to have a conversation pre-coffee (sorry y’all). I also really love having some time just for drinking a cup of coffee in the morning and not having to drink it in the car.

Stick with your routine. I think it takes about a month for new habits to be formed and so once you find a routine that works for you, stick with it! If you can have a productive morning and then have evenings with more free time, I think it is totally worth it!

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