How many times have you sat down to work on something and got distracted by the big pile of laundry next to you? Or have you gotten to dinner time and realized that you don’t have the ingredients to make supper? Having to stop and handle your personal things during the workweek can keep you from being productive. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how you can leverage your weekends to be more productive during the week.
When I first started working from home, I crammed in a little bit of work everywhere I could fit it. That meant that I worked at night after I put the kids to bed, during lunchtime, on the weekends, on vacation…you name it…I was working. Working from anywhere on your own schedule can backfire on you if you don’t put planning into place.
About two years ago, we got really disciplined about taking off the weekends more often than not. We did this so we could use that time to get us ready for the workweek and be more productive.
Here are the things you should do on the weekends to set up your workweek for the most production.
1. Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping
One way to wreck your production is to have to run to the store several times in a week or even once per week. That’s why it’s best to put your meal plan together for each night of the week and make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand.
This practice will also keep you from having to run out for dinner or waste time trying to figure out where to go. If you do need to do extra work after supper, it’s going to be easier to do that if you are still home.
2. Catch Up on Housework and Get Set For the Week
Generally speaking, we use the weekends to do the bulk of our laundry. This wasn’t always possible when I was doing the kids laundry, but now that they do their own, it’s easier to manage. Prior to this, I would still try and get as much laundry knocked out on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to working on your laundry, the weekends is a good time to catch up on yardwork and other housework. Make sure you clear some time for you to knock out chores so they don’t become a distraction in the middle of the week.
3. Take Time Off
We aren’t suggesting that you spend all weekend working on the things that you have to do. Find ways to take time off as a family or as an individual and rest. The way you rest should be what works for you. In our family, rest looks different to all of us, so we find ways to rest individually and together.
4. Get Creative And Pursue Your Passions
Take time on the weekends to do creative things that you don’t have the brain space for during the week. This will help you to feel more inspired when it is time to return to work. When you’ve given yourself the break from your responsibilities to do things that are not required, it helps to re-invigorate you.
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Until next week, get out there and start breaking the mental chains that are keeping you from producing!