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Here’s a list of 10 things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive
I find it really helps my productivity to have different systems and routines in place that I stick to on a regular basis.
These include things like a morning and evening routine, a routine for the beginning of the month and this routine of things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive
I feel it gives me that bit of a head start and when I wake up on a Monday morning I’m not panicked or worried about getting started because I know what I’ve got to do and all the things I need to start have been prepared.
Obviously, this routine is something that helps me and my way of life, it might not be for everyone, but I do think it would help if you’re struggling or having a hard time on a Monday morning or with your weekly productivity to take a look at what I do over the weekend and adjust it to suit your needs and life, enabling you to build a routine of things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive
Do the laundry
Have all the washing done and dried and ironed and put away.
I keep on top of the washing throughout the week and always make sure that by Friday night the basket is empty and the last few items are drying or are being put away.
So by the time the weekend swings around I can finish off any school uniforms or things we’ve worn on Friday and start on things like bedding etc.
Choose your outfits for the week
This takes away any stress of not being able to find a particular item early one morning when your half asleep.
I separate out my son clothes too, so I know he’s got everything he needs for the week ahead.
I do have a look at the weather forecast, however living in England particularly on the North West coast in Blackpool I can’t take too much notice of the specific forecasts, so I tend to pick my outfits according to will it be very cold or very warm.
Change the bed sheets
I like to change all the beds on a weekend and get them all washed, dried and put away.
I like to get my meal plan out of the way, even though I normally do my weekly shop on a Wednesday.
However, I like to get my meal plan done and a shopping list made so it’s all ready to go.
If I need any top up items, such as milk, fruit or bread I’ll pop out and fetch them over the weekend.
Organise diary – weekly schedule
I like to check over my diary, I have a week to view diary so I can quickly look over it and see what’s happening and what’s coming up.
I make sure I’ve included all my appointments and commitments and then I’m able to schedule all the jobs and tasks I need to do that week.
From experience, I’ve learnt not to over commit myself. This means I’ve had to learn to say “no” to some opportunities, however, sometimes this is necessary to make sure all the jobs get done and get done well without a rush.
This is one of the main things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive
Make sure you’ve got all your “bits”
Something I need to improve on, so I’ve decided to slot it into my weekend routine, is making sure I’m on top of birthday or anniversary cards and gifts.
I’m notoriously bad at remembering birthdays, it’s not that I don’t care or I’m not bothered by people’s birthdays, I love to make a fuss and spoil people.
I’m just terrible at getting the card and/or gift to the person on the day, normally because of disorganisation on the day or my anxiety playing up!
I’ve put the actual buying of cards and/or gifts into my monthly to-do list, which is also a new addition to my regular to-dos.
Look at goals and plan weekly goals
I take a look at my yearly and monthly goals list and make sure I’m still on target for meeting them.
Then I list out what goals I want to achieve that week by using my monthly goals lists as a guide.
Brain dump and Monday’s to do list
I find it really helpful to do a brain dump and get out of my head everything I’m thinking about.
Once I’ve done that I like to get a head start and make my to-do list for Monday. I might also pop in the odd job for other days too depending on what I’ve got going on that week, then either each night or morning throughout the week I’ll make a new to-do list for each day.
Doing a brain dump is another one of the main things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive in my opinion if you can only fit two things in id opt to organise my diary and do a brain dump and Mondays to-do list.
Look at my budgets
I have a family and business budget so I’m able to monitor our finances.
I like to take a look over these weekly so I know what to expect over the coming week.
De-clutter, deep clean or organise a room
I’ve recently introduced a cleaning and organising system because even though I do a house clean throughout the week, we do seem to accumulate a large amount of “stuff”!
Plus I wanted to make sure I was getting all those odd jobs done in the house that don’t need a daily or weekly clean or organise but do need some attention.
So I do a slightly bigger job on a Saturday or Sunday which keeps me in a good cleaning and organising system.
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As well as these listed jobs which I don’t do in a particular order I just set to it. I also like to make sure we get out and get some fresh air as a family.
I also make sure we all get to bed on time, especially our son when it’s term time. It’s so important that we get a good night’s sleep, I do know just how lucky I am to be able to sleep through the night because my son sleeps through.
I do have the occasional sleepless night due to my anxiety, but these have been cut down as I’ve become able to control my anxiety more.
The conclusion of things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive
That’s everything that I’ve currently do on a weekend to try and give me a good head start on the coming week.
I’ve had a little weekend routine for most of my life, this routine has been in place for the last couple of years now. It works for us but I do occasionally chop and change things around.
Obviously, if we go on holiday or have a special weekend planned, I’ll change around and either do the jobs early, Miss a few jobs off or start on a Monday but that’s only on occasion.
I’m also working on adding a few business jobs into my weekend routine by adding drafting blog posts (mainly coming up with ideas and plotting them into my post calendar), sorting through my inboxes and scheduling my social media for the week.
I know this list looks somewhat hectic and overwhelming but I started with a smaller routine and I’ve added to it over time which for me is the most effective way of building successful routines.
But please don’t for one second think I`m some sort of super organised hero. Of course, I have off days and days where I just can’t be bothered, everyone does.
Plus suffering with anxiety can have its issues some days. On these days I only do the things I can and try my best. It helps me to have routines because I know what I need to do and routine actually helps my anxiety.
It’s just about finding what works best for you, what helps you and makes your life easier, then once you have found that you build on it.
Are you working on setting up a routine of things to do on a weekend to make your week more productive? Have you had a weekend routine for a while and are building on it? I’d love to know if it’s something you’d like to start or if you think I’m bonkers for having so many jobs listed for a weekend!