Got another case of the Monday blues? Tackling a few extra tasks on the weekend can go a long way in helping your Monday and the rest of the work week run smoothly. Here are some things you can do on Saturday and Sunday for a more productive week.
1. Clean out your inbox.
Most of the emails you receive over the weekend are personal or spam as opposed to work-related. Set aside a few minutes on Sunday night to clean out your inbox in preparation for Monday morning. This will help you jump back into work faster instead of spending time filtering through junk mail as soon as you get to the office.
2. Make a to-do list for the week.
Set yourself up for a productive week by writing out a to-do list over the weekend. Having weekly tasks laid out on paper will reduce stress by making them feel more manageable. This way, you can head into Monday morning knowing exactly what needs to get done.
3. Set aside your outfit for the next day.
Monday mornings are rough, and many of us end up throwing on whatever is clean before rushing out the door. Make it easier on yourself by setting aside your entire outfit ahead of time-shoes and all. Do laundry and folding if necessary on Sunday night so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about come Monday morning.
4. Prep/plan your meals for the week.
Creating a meal plan is a great way to prepare for the week ahead and will reduce some stress by knowing what each day’s meals will be. It will also help reduce fast food lunches or last minute take-out dinners, as well as food waste! Create your weekly meal plan over the weekend and go grocery shopping with it in hand. Prep breakfast items, lunches and snacks in advance so you can grab them and go on your way to work in the morning.
5. Put gas in the car.
This might seem obvious, but there’s nothing worse than running late on Monday morning and getting in the car only to realize that you’re running on empty and need to stop on your way to work. Use the weekend to fill up your tank and clear out any clutter or trash from the previous week. Getting into a clean, gassed-up car on Monday morning will set you up for an organized and productive week.
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