So it’s a sweet Sunday afternoon. You are sitting on your couch with some wine, or sipping some tea as you watch a movie, the Netflix and chill kind of thing, and for some unknown reason, your mind wanders away suddenly.
And you start asking yourself, ‘Am I ready for another Monday?’ ‘Ughhh, I don’t think I can go to work or even see that coworker that won’t stop staring at you like a creepy person
If these though go through your head, I understand. It happens to the best of us, and you feel you aren’t ready for the new week ahead.
But what if you could change that? What if you, instead of hating Mondays, start enjoying the week ahead? What if you could prepare yourself for a productive week ahead?
I know, I know, sounds crazy right. It sure can be crazy, but you can make that happen. Mondays can become your friend and not that enemy you hate.
I understand how you may look on Mondays. Not the best. That’s true, because all through college, I hated Mondays because it was the start of a new class,
And I hated going to classes.
So, how do you fix this kind of thing, and make your week better? Well, in this article, my intention, is to help you learn how to prepare for a productive week,
Prepare ahead for a week which you will anticipate, enjoy, and be proud of at the end. I wrote this article, based on the things that I did,
To help me feel better about the week and make the most of it, rather than complain nonstop about how the weekends are short and the weekdays are longer (crazy how true this is)
These are just a few ways that will help you prepare for the week, and take this one after the other, to get the most out of it.
And to make this all better for you, you should get your copy of the weekly planner, which I created to help you plan and prepare for the week.
This planner is available in the resource library, as with all the planners, printable, and tools that I have created to help you make your day easier,
And the journey to creating the sweet and healthy life you want better. P.S. I add planners to that library every month, so you always have something new at hand.
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Now with that out of the way, let me show you how I plan and prepare for the new week, make the week a productive one, and how you can do the same.
HOW YOU CAN PLAN AND PREPARE FOR A PRODUCTIVE NEW WEEK
NO 1: GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT
Ever heard or seen quotes like this go-round on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter?
“It all starts with your mindset”
“Your output is a direct result of your input”
“Either you control your mind, or your mind controls you”
And so on? Do any of these rings a bell?
Well, these quotes are true. You cannot expect to enter the new week, feeling bad about yourself, and expect the week to be great,
It will turn out how you expect it to be. It’s like using the psychology of focusing your mind on red cares. When you do that, you will suddenly see red cars,
And if someone asks you if you saw hats, you won’t see any because your mind was fixated on red cars, not hats, and that is what you saw.
Use this simple brain trick to your advantage. Get your head straight, focus your mind on the good the week has to offer.
Instead of grumbling about the workplace, tell yourself that you cannot wait to see your desk neighbor who always greets you good morning. Wave to that guy that stares at you at work, and he may wave back,
And that might be the start of a good friendship. This looks and sounds like the law of attraction right? Well if you believe it is or not, it truly is up to you.
All I’m saying and telling you is that when you want to prepare yourself for a productive week, you need to get your head in the game and focus on the good things this new week has to offer.
NO 2: PREPARE A WEEKLY REVIEW
This is like a self-analysis.
As yourself, where did you fall short in the last week? Don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t finish that project, or your boss was mad at you for bringing the presentation late.
Sh*t happens, but what matters is how you deal with it. Will that break your spirit, or will you decide to use that as a stepping stone to do better.
The latter seems like a better plan. So, analyze yourself. Where did you fall short last week, and where can you improve on.
Know your strengths and weaknesses and bet on your strengths. Outsource your weaknesses and grow your strengths.
When you do a weekly analysis, you set yourself up for success and get yourself ready and prepare for a new, productive, and inspiring week ahead.
NO 3: CREATE A PLAN FOR THE WEEK
Is planning your thing or do you just like to wing it?
I think I like planning better, as it helps me see into my future and the steps I need to accomplish my goals.
Did that little talk make you rethink planning? I hope it did. Creating a plan for the week, and sticking to it,
Is one of those ways that make you anticipate and be eager for what is to come. Your plan is a way to guide you through the week,
And with a plan, you aren’t winging it, you are going through the week with a purpose and a goal to achieve, whatever your goal may be.
Planning is not complicated, and it can be done within 20 minutes. As long as your head is in the game, you have done your weekly analysis,
Seen your shortcomings and where you need to improve upon, sitting down to create a plan will be easy for you.
In your plan, make sure you break it down to the days when you will achieve certain tasks, including the tie frame it will take.
But do not underestimate how long the time each task will take to complete. You don’t write that presenting a project will take 10 minutes when it takes 25,
Or then typing in some data will take 20 minutes when you can use a template and it takes 7. Be smart about your planning and make sure you create tie=me when you will relax.
You will need it.
Plus, to get started with your weekly planning, download the free weekly planner in the resources library for free,
And let that take you a step ahead in planning, rather than using a sheet of paper you may forget where you drop it.
NO 4: PREPARE AND PLAN YOUR WEEK ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON OR SUNDAY EVENING
Some people prefer to do the planning on a Monday morning when the week is starting, but I won’t advise it.
Imagine you work a normal job, and need to leave your home at 7:30 am every day to get to work. What time that morning will you sit, analyze and plan your week?
This is why I prefer either Friday afternoon or Sunday evening. Both times give you the flexibility to prepare and plan for your week, and make it a productive week as well.
If you want to go out with friends on Friday night, do the planning on Friday afternoon, so you can go about your other tasks during the weekend,
And not be bothered, as you already have a plan set in place for the coming week.
Don’t have time for that on a Friday afternoon? Then Sunday evening will do the trick. You plan your day in the evening, sleep on it, and wake up to a planned day,
And you go out to the world, ready to conquer. It doesn’t matter what day between these two days you decide to prepare for your productive week,
Just make sure you have a plan in place and know what to do when to do it.
Planning on a Monday morning isn’t something I would advise you to do, because it can feel rushed and a bit overwhelming when you are in a hurry.
So do this on a Sunday evening or Friday afternoon. You can relax, have your planner in front of you and plan away.
NO 5: HAVE A SELF-CARE SUNDAY
Your week is ending and you are about to get back to grinding, but you need to recharge and reboot first. How do you recharge?
You need to have a proper self-care Sunday. But why must it be on a Sunday? Why not a Monday, Tuesday, or a self-care Friday night?
The reason why I put it on a Sunday, is because Sunday is widely known as the day of rest, so what better day to recharge than a Sunday.
Take care of yourself on Sunday. Relax, recharge, get ready and prepare yourself for a productive week ahead.
I love this self-care Sunday concept a lot, and I have a post on it, on how to have a proper self-care Sunday routine, which I urge you to check out.
You need to take care of yourself if you want to prepare for a productive week.
CONCLUSION ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PRODUCTIVE WEEK
We have come to the end of this one, and I hope you enjoyed this post and got some value from it.
Providing these 5 ways or even steps on how to prepare for a productive week for you has honestly been great, and I believe that these ways,
Will help you hate Mondays less, and be ready and prepared for what the new week has to offer. Also, make sure you get your copy of the free weekly planner in the resource library,
Which I created to make your weekly planning easier for you.
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Let your friends know, and help them prepare for a productive week, just like you did.
And with that said,
Take care of yourself and adios amigo.