We’ve all been there, Sunday night is approaching, and we’re feeling overwhelmed by the start of a new week. The week ahead can be stressful and most of us have a lot on our plates. It’s easy to get bogged down and feel anxious about getting through the next few days. Taking some time on Sunday to get organized can make a huge difference. The steps below will help you plan, prepare and get a head-start on the week ahead!

  1. Check Your Calendar

    Check your calendar to see what’s happening during the coming week. What events stick out this week? Do you have any big deadlines that have to be met? This might include doctor’s appointments, birthdays or club meetings. Make sure you leave some time to add in something unplanned that could pop up.
  1. Make a To-Do List

    We’ve all got things to do – errands to run, projects to complete, people to see. Prioritize your tasks from the most urgent to the least, and jot down the days you’ll be getting them done. Having a planner or a planning app on your phone can help make this even easier.
  1. Meal Prep

    Many people find that meal prepping on Sundays saves them a lot of time during the week. Your calendar will help you determine which meals you need to prep for. Rather than spending extra time in the kitchen every day, you can use that additional time for more enjoyable activities.
  1. Plan Your Outfits

    Pre-planning your outfits can make a busy week run more smoothly. Take some time the night before to pick out an outfit you’d like to wear the next day. You can use the weather app on your smart phone to know what outside temperatures you will be contending with. Pre-planning outfits means you don’t have to think about what to wear after the alarm rings and you’ll have one less thing to worry about in the morning.
  1. Schedule Your Workouts

    Once you have reviewed your calendar for the week ahead, figure out when you can fit in your weekly workout routines so that you’re not stressing over finding time to complete them. If you plan all of your workouts ahead of time, you will find that you are more able to fit them into your hectic schedule than you thought.
  1. Do a Daily Review

    Each morning, take a quick look at your day ahead. Consider the tasks you have planned and go over your schedule to be sure that you have all the materials needed for the day. Take note of anything that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, such as an emergency email or an important call. Making time to tackle these tasks right away can save you time and stress in the long run.