Does it ever seem like there is just not enough time in the day? Do you feel overwhelmed thinking about what is coming up the next week? Or even months ahead? We know how you feel. More time is something we all seek, there just never seems to be enough of it. You have so many plans for the week ahead, but you know there is just no way that you will get it all done. That is not a great way to start your week. We have some suggestions of how to get your week in order so that you can accomplish all that you want to, and decrease that amount of surprises that usually get in your way.
1. Make your bed as soon as you wake up.
This is something so simple that truly has a big impact. It is the first thing you will accomplish that day that you can feel proud of. It may sound a little silly, but hey, it is 7 am and you already are being productive. This accomplishment will boost your mood and you may find that it motivates you to accomplish even more. You might decide to get ready for the day even earlier, or maybe choose something healthier than what you normally choose to eat for breakfast. You might actually decide you want to exercise. Who knows? But doing something so simple as making your bed will really work as a motivation to be more productive later. For those of you that have kids, maybe you can have them help you. Turn it into something fun you all do together in the morning. Try it, it just might work. This is why Beddy’s bed sets are so wonderful! Making your bed is really the easiest thing when all you have to do it zip it up. Plus they look so crisp and clean. If you or your kids have any trouble with making the bed, you seriously need to check out Beddy’s.
2. Take advantage of the calendar in your phone.
I think it’s safe to say that many of us are pretty attached to our smartphones. Whether or not we should be is a whole other story, but if we are going to use them, we should take advantage of the fact that we can schedule our whole week, month, even year in it. Every time you make an appointment, put it in your calendar and set notifications to remind you. That way you won’t forget about your important meetings and appointments you normally put in the back of your mind. Maybe it’s even a simple reminder to pick up your kids from practice. It might also be a reminder that you have a dentist appointment the next day, one that your planned 6 months ago and would have totally forgotten about if you didn’t put it in your phone. We all are so busy. We get it. By taking advantage of the calendar and reminders in your phone, you will avoid surprises and your week will go by so much more smoothly.
3. Create a daily routine and actually execute it.
We can’t even begin to tell you how important it is to have some sort of routine to your day. Like we mentioned before, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. We don’t know about you, but it can be so easy to waste that time on things that really aren’t that important. When you have a routine, you know when you have free time and when you don’t. Keep in mind it is totally okay if you don’t always follow the routine you set for yourself. Life is complicated and things come up all the time, but when your day is pretty normal, it is nice to have a plan of how you are going to spend it. That way you know it won’t be wasted. Maybe you love to exercise, but never seem to have time to do it. A routine will allow you to plan a part of your day that you usually have free to yourself and dedicate it to something important to your like exercise. A routine is something that will truly help you make the most of your time. Just make sure to keep it flexible.
4. Make a “To Do” list
I’m sure we can all agree that we have a million things we want to do and never enough time to do it. I don’t know one person that never has anything to do. We can make our days a bit more manageable with simple “To Do” lists. These lists can be made anywhere. Some prefer the notepads on their phone, while others might like the traditional notepad and pen, but either way, they really will help. You can make one for the week, you can make one for the day. It’s all up to you. The important thing is to make sure you prioritize your list of things to do. We might suggest putting the ones that need to get done ASAP on top. That way you don’t forget or get distracted with smaller things you want to get done, but don’t necessarily need to be done. Sometimes it can be easy to put off the important things and distracting yourself with small things that honestly can be done at any time. But if you want your week to go by smoothly, look ahead at what is most important that you accomplish and plan your time accordingly. Keep in mind, these “To Do” lists aren’t supposed to be stressful. They are merely there to help you keep track of what needs to be done versus what you would like to be done. It’s just another way to help you manage your time.
5. Don’t overextend yourself and recognize when you need a break.
These two things go hand in hand. It can be so easy to trick ourselves into thinking that we can handle anything and everything no matter what. But if we care at all about our well-being, we must understand that just like everyone else, we have our limits. It is up to you to figure out what those are. It’s okay to not be perfect and it more than okay to not accomplish everything on your checklist. Learning not to overextend yourself will really help you in the long run. Your week will go by much more smoothly and your mental health will much improve. We also need to learn to recognize when we need to take a break. Even just 5 minutes may make all the difference in the world.
Keeping your week in order can be pretty stressful, but hopefully taking advantage one of these ways will make it a little bit easier on you.