On my way to work this morning (while listening to Z100, of course), they we’re talking about how today is the #1 day for people to call out sick from work. However, I arrived to work on time, not hungover and ready to handle my ish this week! Usually, on Monday’s, I feel lazy, tired & sluggish (especially if I have a drink or two on Sunday, which I am trying to do less and less of). I have been constantly working on getting into a better routine to prepare for the week, in which I can tackle my to-do list (well, hopefully most of it) and feel good at the same time. I actually have an appointment to get my taxes done today right after work, and I have all my paperwork ready to go (it’s the little things, so I am feeling accomplished). I wanted to share some small tips & tricks I had on prepping for the week & starting it off right! I am so not a morning person, so these tricks help me cut SO much time in the AM so I can snooze up until the last minute.
#1: MAKE YOUR COFFEE THE NIGHT BEFORE
I have been doing this for as long as I remember. I don’t know if it is because I don’t drink hot coffee; I only drink iced. The night before, I will make about 8 cups of coffee, and once it is cooled, I store it in this old school glass milk container. I pop it in the fridge, and in the morning pour it in my coffee cup over ice. I have been trying to avoid milk and cream in my coffee, so I use the coffee mate sugar free flavors (so good). IF you are a hot coffee drinker, you can still do this. Joe likes his hot so I pour his in a ceramic coffee mug and pop it in the microwave for 1 min. 30 sec. (perfect temp)!
#2: PACK YOUR LUNCH/SNACKS
I do this at least 3 out 5 days, sometimes more. Whatever we eat for dinner the night before, I take for lunch. I know a lot of people can’t eat the same food two days in a row, or at least my mom says she can’t, but I can eat the same thing about 3 days in a row before I get “tired” of eating it. I love using the meal prep containers because it makes it so easy to pack my protein, veggie & carb (of course I use the smallest section for the carb. I also try to use the largest section for the veggies and the middle size section for the protein). I also like to pack some snacks, like a yogurt, piece of friend, almonds – quick and easy (but healthy) items to keep me fueled throughout the work day.
#3: HAVE A DEDICATED WATER BOTTLE
If I don’t bring this cup with me to work, unfortunately I don’t drink as much water throughout the day as I should. Keeping this bottle at my desk is a constant reminder that my body needs it. Every night, I wash it out, load up some fruit or lemon, add water and pop it in the fridge- then grab & go in the AM.
#4: PRE-PACK YOUR GYM BAG
This is a must for me. I pass the gym on my way home, so IF I don’t pack my gym clothes and bring them with me, chances are I won’t be making it to the gym after work. I’ve tried working out before work, but I am just not a morning person. Although jump starting my day with a workout (on the weekends) makes me feel great the rest of the day, I just can’t reason with getting up at 5am to lug my work clothes, shoes, make up, hair straightener, etc and getting ready at the gym before heading to work. I have tried it before, but it just doesn’t work for me. I always tell myself how I wish I could be that person to work out early in the AM before work, but I’ve come to accept that it’s just not for me, at least not right now with the schedule I have. If you have children, I know getting to the gym can be a task in itself, but a lot of gyms now a days have day care to watch your children while you get in a quick workout!
#5: PICK OUT YOUR CLOTHES
Ok, so I don’t ACTUALLY do this right now – I tend to just wake up and get dressed while I am half asleep, so I have decided to start planning out my outfits weekly! IF I wake up not feeling like wearing that outfit, I can always swap it out with another. This way, I can function more in the morning while still looking fashionable! Anyone do this already? Do you think it is easier or takes up more time? Let me know.
#6: MAKE A TO-DO LIST
This is a BIG ONE for me. I am the to-do list queen. I’ve mastered this just about now. The trick here, is that I have a few different to-do lists (one for each “focus” of my life) but I keep them all in the same spot to review when I’m running around. Just because I can include so much information in this area, I think I may do a whole post on it, including my planner and how I use it, but for now what I recommend is jotting down your to-do list based on priority, from the most important being first, and the ehh I can get to it when I get to it at the end. This will help you knock out the important things first, while squeezing in some of those randoms when you can. I also try to organize my to-do lists based on when they need to get done – for ex: monthly, weekly, daily, etc.
I hope you found some of these tips helpful in preparing for a smooth week! I would love to hear some of the things you do to prepare! Comment below!
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