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.

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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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6 Books About Getting Organized You Should Read

Getting organized is one of the biggest struggles we face. If you ignore it, the mess can overwhelm your life, but at the same time, how do you know where to begin? Sometimes, you have to hit the books, in this case, the organizing books; that’s why we compiled a list of our top six books about getting organized that you shouldn’t live without.

Stop Organizing, Start Producing

 

Stop Organizing, Start Producing: Leverage the 12 Factors that Make or Break the Busy Professional by Casey Moore is an all-time favorite in the organizing books genre, and here’s why. It shows you that productivity is a chain with strong and weak links. Instead of focusing on fixing what isn’t broken, you’re able to break down your process and figure out where you’re wasting time. It’s for the busy professional who needs to leverage their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. By using her Productivity Chain® model, you can control your work, time, and perspective to increase productivity and gain a richer quality of life.

 

 

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

 

Sometimes you have trouble identifying clutter whether it’s in your home, workspace, or in the mind, body, or spirit. You’ve heard the phrase that a workspace or home is a reflection of the mind, right? Karen Kingston wrote a book that changed the way we viewed clutter in our lives. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever is the guide for overcoming the emotional restrictions that keep us from decluttering. With over 457 Amazon reviews and critical acclaim by entrepreneurs, CEOs, and busy Moms alike, this guide from the Space Clearing branch of Feng Shui has proven itself for almost twenty years.

Organizing Plain & Simple

 

If you need practical tips and a fantastic resource for checklists for building schedules, routines, and habits, then Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide With Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges may be precisely what you’re looking for. Donna Smallin has written a straightforward guide to set you on the path to reorganizing your life. She takes organization down to the basics and gives you room-by-room solutions, as well as tips on organizing your finances, time, home life, and those tricky life transitions like moving and season changes that throw us off.

 

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

 

By now, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo. She’s the founder of the widely regarded KonMari Method of de-cluttering. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is more about the lifestyle change needed to overcome clutter in our lives and minds. Instead of organizing room-by-room, the KonMari Method lets you organize category-by-category; this is destined to be one of those classic organizing books.

 

 

The Myth of Multi-Tasking

For years we’ve believed that multitasking was the key to success, but research has proven that the opposite is true. Dave Crenshaw tackles this in his book The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing it All” Gets Nothing Done. In a short amount of time, Dave breaks down the myth and provides actionable solutions to wrangle control of your time. If you’ve ever wondered why you’re always busy but not as productive as you thought, this may be the book for you.

 

 

 

The Power of Habit

 

Dealing with our habits is a constant struggle. Good or bad, our habits define our lives. Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. He breaks down how to find those cues and triggers that start the bad habit and then helps us find out why (the reward) we do it. It’s an excellent book for those who want to break bad habits and build solid ones that lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

 

 

 

You’re not born organized, and everyone’s process of organization is different. Which books about getting organized have you interested? Let us know in the comments below. If you’ve got another recommended read, we’d love to hear that one, too.

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