Let me paint you a picture. It’s halfway through the work week, or who am I kidding, sometimes it’s Monday. I wake up and after saying “Fuck!”, drag myself out of bed and try to decide if I can get by without a shower. Then it’s into the closet to stare at my clothes for a while, looking at all the nice things I own, just to pick the same leggings and baggy top I usually wear. I kick my gym bag out of the way, cause that is definitely not happening today.. again.
Go into the bathroom. Pat myself on the back for cutting off all my hair. Pixie cuts rock!. Massage in some gloop, muss it up and I’m done. Decide there is no one I want to impress today, so makeup can kiss my butt.
Go into the kitchen. Throw food at the dog and cat so they will shut up. Stare blankly at the cabinet and refrigerator and curse myself for putting off a run to the grocery store because binge watching the entire 5th season of Merlin was SO much more important last night. Slap some peanut butter on a flour tortilla, call it breakfast and then make the decision that lunch will be courtesy of the vending machine. Then head out the door with my shitty mood fully intact.
And I wonder why I feel so tired and run down all the time. Seriously?!?
I actually do have a secret weapon to avoid going through this, and I kick myself every time I don’t use it. What is it you ask? Prepping ahead of time.
I know that answer is not the least bit exciting or sexy, but it does work. Whenever I take the time to plan ahead, then I’m more pleasant, relaxed and able to handle curve balls during the week.
The idea is to do anything and everything that you can do ahead of time, so that there’s less on your plate during the week. Juggling work and kids is hard enough. So lighten your load. Your family will thank you because you’ll be less likely to snap into bitch mode over the littlest thing.
Here’s how I prep. Take whatever resonates with you and tweak it any way you see fit. Even if you just use one idea, I’m sure you’ll see benefits.
On Sunday, I set aside about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to prepare for the week ahead. I know that sounds like a huge time commitment, but trust me, it really isn’t. You will waste much more time during the week looking for things and running around than if you take this time now.
I prep in four main areas.
- I do a quick cleaning of the house. My family is small, it’s just me and my daughter, so I can get by doing laundry once a week. I’ll clean the bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, cat’s litter box, sweep, vacuum and dust. Then it’s just minor maintenance for the rest of the week.
- Throughout the week, when I run out of something, I jot it down on a little whiteboard that I have hanging on my refrigerator. So Sunday, when I go to the store, I just take a picture of the list with my phone and go. No more forgotten items.
- I usually make two main dishes that I eat for lunch and dinner for the whole week. Now if you have a bigger family, then this will take you longer obviously, but trust me it is worth it. Try and condense how much cooking you have to do. For instance, brown up a bunch of hamburger then create several different dishes that have hamburger in them.
- Extra bonus points, if you divide the meals up into separate containers, so it really is just grab and go all during the week.
- I check the weather forecast for the upcoming week, then pick out five outfits taking into consideration the weather and any activities I may be doing that week.
- I also go ahead and figure out shoes, jewelry and any other accessories.
- If you workout, then go ahead and pick out clothes and have your gym bag ready to go.
- If you have little kids, you can pick out outfits for them as well. In fact, have them help you. It’s a good learning experience for them and gets in some bonding time.
I do any and all of the following things as needed.
- Shave legs
- Wax and tweeze
- Give myself a facial
- Do my nails
- Cut my hair
I am definitely not a morning person, so the less thinking I have to do in the morning, the better.
Prepping allows me to feel less stressed during the week. I have more time to do other things – things I actually enjoy. Like searching for my next binge worthy show on Netflix.
What do you think? Can you fit any of this into your schedule? Can you relate to the picture I painted for you at the beginning of this post? Can you think of anything else I can add? Give me some feedback in the comments below.
Sleeping in on Saturday!