Let’s face it, we’re all busy and could use some tips on feeling less stressed. I’ve mentioned plenty of times how self-care is so important, and another way of taking care of yourself is by reducing the amount of stress you have to deal with. The key is pre-planning as much as possible over the weekend so that you can tackle the week ahead like a pro. I swear by the following five steps to be my best and most productive self every week.
Make A To-Do List
This tip is a pretty obvious one. The first step to take in planning a productive and stress-free week is making a to-do list. Prioritize your tasks from the most urgent to the least, and jot down the days you’ll be getting them done. Having a planner or a planning app on your phone, such as TickTick can help make this even easier.
Schedule Your Workouts
Planning your sweat sessions ahead of time can also help your week go by smoothly. Over the weekend, figure out if you can fit your weekly workouts in the mornings or evenings, so you’re not stressing over finding time to complete them. The exercises themselves will produce endorphins and relieve stress in their way.
Another big part of your week to plan is your meals. Many people find that meal prepping on Sundays saves them a lot of time during the week. Instead of spending an hour or more in the kitchen every day, you’ll have more time to relax and indulge in some self-care.
Plan Your Outfits
If you know that you have an extra busy week ahead, pre-planning your outfits can make it go by smoother. Take some time the night before to pick out whatever you’d like to wear the next day. This way you won’t find yourself rushing in the morning before heading out the door, and can maybe squeeze in a few extra minutes of sleep.
The truth is that we spend a lot of time on our phones and computers. From sitting at a desk all day to checking out social media feeds, to catching up on emails, we deserve some time away from screens. Take some time to focus on your thoughts and unplug from everything else. It may sound hard, but you’ll thank yourself later for putting your phone down.