44 Ways to Prepare for the Week Ahead (on Sunday) for a More Organized 2019

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Planning ahead is something almost everyone can agree is important. When done right, it can help you execute projects, meet goals, and still have time left over to have fun and enjoy life.

Yet, many people ignore the benefits and argue that planning takes too much work. I’m here to tell you: that’s not true. Keep reading for 44 simple ways you can prepare for the week ahead, with minimal time or effort:

  1. Plan your fitness regime for the week. How often will you work out? Where will you go? Schedule this time into your calendar so that it is an appointment, not a task.
  2. Go ahead and pack that gym bag and get it ready with the necessities. Workout at home? Same idea, but pick a place near your exercise area to stash what you need.
  3. Sunday is a great time to prep some healthy snacks for the week. This will help you avoid just grabbing something from the kitchen or fridge when you need to munch.
  4. Double check your calendar for the upcoming week and make notes of deadlines, assignments, appointments, and events. If you have them written down in several places, move them to one central calendar.
  5. Grab your purse, briefcase or work bag and do a purge of any unnecessary items. Do you still need it? Can you file it away? What’s missing that you need to replenish or add?
  6. Pull out your device and check the weather for the week. What’s in store and does it impact anything on your calendar?
  7. Coffee drinker? Great! Set-up a space in your kitchen and make sure that everything is ready to go for Monday morning. Ideally, all you should have to do is push the start button to get going.
  8. Grab your planner or just a sheet of paper and make a list of action items that you need to get done this week. Also, add some tasks you’d like to get done if you have time.
  9. Go ahead and clear out all the unnecessary voicemail messages so you start the week fresh.
  10. Create a music playlist for the week. If you know you like upbeat music or working out or need some focus jams to help with productivity, get those lists ready to go on Sunday.
  11. There’s nearly nothing better than starting out the week after a bit of self-care. Get your nails done, grab a pedicure or see your hairstylist so you go into the week looking (and feeling) great.
  12. Drop off those dry clean only items at the cleaners.
  13. Go grocery shopping for your weekly staples and meal ingredients.
  14. Grab the trash from around the house and go ahead and take it out.
  15. Get your laundry done so your favorite items are ready for you.
  16. Time to declutter and tidy up the house from the chaos of the previous week. Don’t drag any of that into your new week.
  17. As you’re doing the laundry, throw in the sheets and towels so you have a fresh set come Monday morning.
  18. Hop on Amazon and order that book you’ve been meaning to read.
  19. Prep your lunches for the week. Not only will you eat better but your pocketbook will thank you!
  20. Wash your car (or even better go through the local drive-thru car wash after you’re done shopping).
  21. Fill the car up with gas so you aren’t worried about being out-and-about with an empty tank.
  22. Dream up and schedule some fun plans for the following weekend – you’ll have something to look forward to all week.
  23. Take the time to shave (great time to get a bath in as well if you are a bathtub person).
  24. Clean out your car: If it’s just another place for you to keep junk, all of that clutter might be draining your energy.
  25. Pick out your Monday outfit before going to bed.
  26. Got kids? Make sure their school bags are packed and ready to go for the week.
  27. Clean out the fridge and toss out questionable or expired items.
  28. Determine what your three priorities for the week are so you can tackle them early.
  29. Planning your next vacation? Go ahead and request the necessary time off from work so it doesn’t slip by.
  30. Print out a motivational quote that you love and will help you get through to Friday.
  31. Take a few moments to visualize how you’d like the upcoming week to go.
  32. Self-care is important. Pamper yourself.
  33. Declutter just one drawer in your kitchen. Be careful – you might get carried away!
  34. Take 5 to 30 minutes to catch up with an old friend.
  35. Clean out your make-up bag and throw away anything you no longer use.
  36. Clean up your electronic cords. Phone jacks? Yes, you can probably throw those away.
  37. Write a thank you note to someone who impacted your life in a positive way in the previous week.
  38. Throw some stuff in the crockpot so you don’t have to worry about dinner Monday night.
  39. Clean your computer’s desktop – filing away any documents you are done with.
  40. Set your DVR to record your favorite shows.
  41. Make an appreciation list: Write down five things you’re grateful for and start the week off in a positive place.
  42. Got a birthday party or other special event coming up? Purchase and wrap the gifts.
  43. Set an intention for the week: be braver, be kinder, be more productive. Select a theme word to support your energy.
  44. Take some time to reflect on the first month of this year. This act of mindfulness will help you with direction this week.

This is just some of the value you can get when partnering with GetReorganized.com™. If you’d like more tips, advice or suggestions on how to be more productive and organized, book a 15-minute productivity assessment.

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Three Office Organization Resolutions You Should Make

As the New Year gets going, you’re probably thinking about the resolutions you made. New Year’s resolutions can help you achieve goals and fuel success – but they’re not all created equal. For example, many people set resolutions that are too hard to achieve or too vague and quickly give up.

I’ve come up with three resolutions you CAN keep to help make this your best year ever. If you’re ready to further your career and be successful at whatever you do, just follow these easy office organization resolutions:

Keep Your Desktop CLEAR All Year

If one of your goals is to be more organized, you can start by cleaning off your workspace.
There are several reasons a clear desk might help you succeed in business, including:

• Knowing where all of your supplies and files are makes you more efficient.
• All of the free space makes it easy to spread out documents, books, reports, or whatever else you need to get the job done.
• A clear desktop, free of clutter, makes it easier to focus on the task at hand.
• It keeps sensitive information confidential.

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Develop a Paper and Electronics Document Retention Policy

Business owners are often unclear on how long a document (either paper or electronic) should be retained. As a result, they end up never throwing anything out, creating a build-up of records and unnecessary clutter.

A record retention policy categorizes information and lets you know how and where to store it based on federal, state, or other regulatory requirements.

Other benefits include:

• Knowing what you can throw out and when helps reduce costs for physical and electronic storage.
• An efficient filing or document storage system helps you to work more efficiently.
• File deletion or elimination helps free up valuable space, both electronic and physical.

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Develop ONE New Productivity Habit

Want to spend less time on your everyday office activities? With the right practices, it’s possible to not only get your work done but get it done early. Being productive is just a matter of habit – and it’s easy to get started:

• Begin with something small; if your goal is too big or you attempt to change too much at once, you run the risk of becoming overwhelmed.
• Be consistent: whatever step you choose to take, make sure you do it every day.
• Don’t be complacent: as you achieve milestones, keep pushing yourself to do more.

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Will Email Ever Go Away?

Email productivity: two words that can sometimes feel like an impossible phrase. Email has become a black hole that can sink your productivity and focus. Our days can become reactionary and frustrating while we answer emails and face off against the agendas of other people.

In the face of that struggle some are predicting email’s downfall by the year 2020.

Options Other Than Email

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Social media has opened pathways never considered before. You can use DMs on Twitter, messages on Facebook, and contact people in other ways. Apps like Basecamp (formerly Campfire), Slack, Asana, Skype, and Trello are changing the way businesses communicate internally and with clients.

Meeting apps like Zoom are also making waves in the way we do business by allowing us to save on travel costs without sacrificing the intimacy of meeting face-to-face. The platform Slack has reduced internal emails in businesses by 48.6% – That’s an unprecedented number. Does this mean email will completely disappear one day?

Perhaps, but we’re not there yet. Until something new comes on the market that can be universally used for communication, we’re stuck with email.

Email is Here to Stay (for now) 

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Even Slack, social media, and other forms of communication rely on email for their service and operation. Facebook, Yahoo and AOL Instant Messenger, and MySpace were all supposed to replace email.

TechCrunch states that “email is the most trusted and reliable source for record keeping in the workplace.” It is an official record keeping tool and falls under stiff regulations.

While email is often used as a communication and task management hub, 74% of emails received are junk mail and spam that needs to be sorted. This constant bombardment of (mostly useless) information can become overwhelming.

Break Free of the Email Black Hole 

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So how do we break free of the email black hole? It’s a form of communication, but it’s not the entirety of communication. Email productivity is about managing your time efficiently and learning how to use our email management tool effectively. In a world where we need to find a balance between work and life and bypass the digital overload we face today, knowing how to organize your email and take control of your inbox can save you time and stress.

To help get you going in the right direction (while email is still around), here is a cheat sheet of tips to help you work more effectively in your email.

 

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9 Unique Colorado Charities You’ll Feel Good Donating To

I bet you’ve got a pile or piles of ‘stuff’ lying around your house that you rarely ever use or think about, stuff that just gets in the way. Decluttering can be liberating because letting go of unnecessary things frees up, not only your space, but also the stress associated with needing to clean or organize a bunch of items that you don’t even care about.

What if, by letting go of items that you don’t have a physical need or emotional connection to, you are enabling them to have a new life of purpose somewhere else? Instead of them just collecting dust in a corner of your house, or in a drawer you never open, they can be sent to a place where they will be used and appreciated? This makes the process of donating your items more meaningful – for you and for others in your community.

Then the next step – where to take all of it? Choosing a charity for your donations can feel daunting. Just dropping them off at your local Goodwill may not be as emotionally satisfying as giving your things away to a local charity focused on a cause you care about. That’s why we found nine unique Colorado charities for you that will not only take your things but are also impacting your area in the best ways possible. Don’t just feel good about letting stuff go – know that by letting it go you are helping people in your own community.

Denver Rescue Mission

Denver Rescue Mission serves the homeless and needy in the Denver metro area. They need non-perishable food items, blankets, gloves, warm clothes, and more. Check out their greatest needs list.

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Dumb Friends League is dedicated to reducing pet homelessness and animal suffering. They rescue sick, injured, and neglected dogs, cats, horses, and other small mammals. They need regular volunteers, foster sponsors, and equine volunteers. There are so many ways to donate. Dog and cat food aren’t needed at this time, but they do need paper towels, scouring pads, trash bags, house training pads, meat-flavored baby food without onions or garlic in the ingredients, and more. Gift cards and other donations are also welcome.

Hope’s Attic

Hope’s Attic supports your local community through its food pantry program. They help people from various backgrounds: homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, single parents, and working families. Their food pantry is in need of unexpired dairy products, eggs and meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee and tea, kitchen staples, and canned and other non-perishable food items. Check their Food Pantry list for more.

Treasure Trunk Thrift Store (The Family Tree)

The Treasure Trunk Thrift Store provides innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. They have a wish list of items as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. Hygiene items, washcloths, bus passes, gift cards for food or clothing stores, towels, backpacks, school supplies, baby items, and more are desperately needed.

Mother House

Mother House provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk. This charity is in desperate need of diapers. Every few months they update their list of critical items. Check out their list of needs, as well as their ongoing list of volunteer opportunities.

Suitcases for Kids

Most foster care children carry all their belongings in a garbage bag as they move from home to home. They’re expected to move seven times on average while in foster care. Suitcases for Kids gives them something of their own. Donations needed include large backpacks, large duffle bags, and suitcases. Hard or soft luggage is okay.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools needed to help women thrive in work and life. This charity welcomes clothing donations, monetary donations, and volunteers.

Judi’s House

Judi’s House is one of the most unique Colorado charities on our list. Judi’s House believes no child should be left alone to grieve after the death of a loved one. This charity offers research-based care to grieving children and their families at no cost. They have volunteer opportunities as well as a wish list of items, even showing how they’re to be used.

Spring Back Colorado

Did you know that between 20-40 million mattresses end up in landfills in the U.S.? Spring Back Colorado lets you give back to the environment and support those who would otherwise be unemployed. They break down over 90% of each mattress and recycle or repurpose those pieces and parts. You can drop off your mattress at one of their warehouses or schedule a pick-up at your home or property.

Each of these unique Colorado Charities serves those who need it the most right here in our community. You can make a difference with a donation or by volunteering.

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6 Things Everyone Hates About Getting Organized

Most people really struggle to get organized. If you feel this way, rest assured that you’re not alone! The good news is that there are ways to overcome the things everyone hates about getting organized. Here are the most common problems that the “organizationally challenged” must overcome:

  1. Organization feels like a chore.
  2. It takes too long to get organized.
  3. You have no idea where to start.
  4. It’s easy to quit.
  5. It’s easy to fall back into old patterns.
  6. It’s hard to let go.

Overcoming these obstacles to organization can change your life and the way you look at the things around you.

Organization Feels Like A Chore


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Solution: If it feels like a chore, make it fun! Put on your favorite music playlist, invite a friend over, or make a game out of it. Sometimes we have to change our perspectives to make something work. Remember to reward yourself at the end: you’ve worked hard, and you deserve it!

It Takes Too Long to Get Organized


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Solution: Start small. Stay focused. Take breaks. If you can avoid distractions and be disciplined, you’ll be done before you know it. The thought that it takes too long is all it is: just a thought; it’s not the truth! And the truth of the matter is, you’re saving yourself time in the FUTURE when you can actually find what you need or accomplish your goals faster.

You Have No Idea Where to Start


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Solution: Make a priority list of what area needs to be organized first; if you’re still feeling overwhelmed, pick a spot – ANY spot – and start there. It can feel frustrating, but remember that there are things everyone hates about getting organized. You’re not alone. Take a deep breath and start. There is no perfect spot to begin.

It’s Easy to Quit


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Solution: Have the end in mind and determine a realistic goal. Set a timer for a predetermined amount of time (three hours, for example) and commit to focusing on what you can get done in that time.  If that doesn’t work, consider recruiting an accountability partner. Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the mess, so to speak, so make sure you take before-photos, progress shots, and after-photos to document your journey.

It’s Easy to Fall Back Into Old Patterns


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Solution: Be self-aware. Know your triggers. If you’re not sure what they are, start paying attention to your habits. Do you stack papers in one area because you don’t know what to do with them? Look at your habits and then choose a new habit to counter that. They can be tiny habits, little changes. It’s easier if you choose to focus on one habit at a time. Most of all don’t be so hard on yourself: change can be overwhelming and intimidating, but it can also be one of the most rewarding things you do for yourself.

It’s Hard to Let Go


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Solution: Ask yourself these questions:

Can I easily replace this?  What’s the worst that could happen if I discard this?  If I didn’t see this, would I remember that I had it?  When was the last time I used or needed this? Would someone enjoy this more?  Your answers may surprise you. Don’t hold onto things for a possible future when you can’t enjoy the space around you now.

So what did you think about these common things everyone hates about getting organized? Which of these areas frustrate you the most? Here’s our challenge to you: start with one area – it can be a table, a desk, or even a corner. Set a timer for 25 minutes and get to work. If it feels sluggish and difficult to get started, don’t worry: it gets easier with practice.

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