Have you ever woke up on Monday morning and felt overwhelmed before starting the day. You're overwhelmed because you feel like you have to get your life together ASAP. You're not sure what your schedule looks like; you're wanting exercise & eat right. You want to make sure you take time out to go to all the things, but you're frantically trying to figure out how you're going to fit it all in.
Yep, you're pulling your hair out already, and it's not even 9:00 a.m. on a Monday. I've been there and still find myself there every once in and while. Here are five essential tips that I use to help me set my week up for success and prevent pulling the hair out on Monday morning blues.
Plan your week out during the weekend before the new week
Take time to look at your schedule on either Friday or Saturday before the week. Take time out to see what you have scheduled and engagements. Things that you need to prepare for the week.
2. Schedule your Exercise Time
Take time out to schedule your exercise time or, as I like to call it, your "Me Time" It's something about scheduling out your workouts. You are more apt to do it. When we don't take the time out to schedule that time out to take care of ourselves, then out of sight, out of mind, take time out to carve some time to take care of your mind, body, and soul.
3. Plan out your meals
Take time out to plan your meals. It's something about taking time out to plan out your meals. You are spending less time preparing meals or figuring out what you are going to eat. Take time out to plan out what you are going to eat. First time planning, then break it up. Start with planning out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; then, plan for the remainder of the week on Wednesday.
4. Prepare for the week
It's great to have a plan but have you put everything into play. What do I mean? Take time out on Sunday to prepare for the week. Do the laundry, get your clothes ready for the week, prep, and prepare your meals for the week. Take time out to get ready for the week. The more you are ready, the less you have to stress out on Monday morning. Devote some time to get yourself prepared for the week.
5. Schedule REST
Yep, we schedule everything else. Have you taken time out to schedule some R&R (Rest and recovery) for yourself? Schedule some time where you just sit on the couch and watch reruns of Law & Order all day long. Not only do our bodies need rest, but our minds as well. Take time out to rest and recover throughout the week and at the end of the week.
It's something about getting aligned for the week that makes your Monday mornings go so much smoother. Take time out to factor in these critical steps. Let me know what other things you do to help prepare for the week. Would you love to hear it?