Taking time on the weekend to prep for the week ahead can help you feel more grounded, centered, focused and energized! Best part? It doesn't take long, just an hour or so, and it can save you tons of time in the long run because when you prep ahead you are more organized and less scattered.
Here are 6 ways you can Set Yourself Up for a Successful Week!
1. Clean your desk, kitchen and bedroom
First of all, when you're planning and preparing for your week, I encourage you to clean off your desk, to clean off your kitchen, to clean out your bedroom. Just essentially create a really nice, clean and organized space. Why? Because this is going to help you put away all of the junk and the stuff from the week before. Help you clear space for a new week and new possibilities. So super simple and easy. Just clean up this space around you and the space that you live in. It will also help you feel better and energize you for the next five steps.
2. Write down your Intentions for the week
After that, sit down somewhere that you felt comfortable. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself what you want to accomplish this week. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish in your career, in your personal life, and then also for self care, to take care of yourself. Ask yourself those three questions and write down your intentions for the week. Maybe it's a word, or mantra. Whatever it is that resonates with you and that can help carry you throughout the week with more mindfulness and more focus.
3. Schedule your self-care into your calendar
It's time to actually look at your calendar. I want you to look through the week ahead, the appointments that you have, the work you have to get done, all of that, and I want you to schedule in the time for self care and that can include your workouts for the week. We at Grounded Warrior encourage you to work out 5 - 6 days a week and incorporate lots of variety. That's why we have total body conditioning, cardio strength and yoga videos. So you want to make sure that you're scheduling in your workouts, meditation, and everything else you need for self care.
4. Set Reminders
Next, set some reminders for yourself. And this can be personal preference - I like to use like an actual notebook where I write everything down, but some of our members like to put reminders in their phone that will go off every morning and remind them what they're doing that day to take care of themselves. Because let's be honest it's easy to prioritize everything else. It's easy to prioritize picking up the kids, dropping off the kids, all the work projects that you have your to do list, so making sure you have that reminder every morning of what you're doing for yourself - and that's not selfish it's self-love.
5. Prep for your meals
From there, the next step is going to be to prep your meals. I suggest figuring out which meals are hardest for you to have healthy and consistent. So for me it's lunch. I find that I'm always running around throughout the day so I like to prep all my lunches that way I don't have to worry about them; other members like to prep their breakfast for the week. You can also prep your dinner for the week. You can even just do some of the prep work, like cutting up the veggies and the fruit so that they're easily accessible. Whatever works for you.
6. Organize and prep small stuff like clothing for the week
Do the small stuff that's going to help you stay organized and less scattered. Like, you can prep your outfits, snacks for the week, clean out your car, get all of your workout clothing and equipment together, etc. All of these things might seem easy and trivial and might be something that you should just do on the fly, but if you do it ahead, it's going to help you get ahead.
So that's it. Six easy steps that can help you set yourself up for success because if you take an hour or two over the weekend to do these things, I pretty much guarantee you that your whole week will be a lot easier and you'll feel more grounded and focused.