As tempting as it is to completely shut off on the weekends, is the anxious feeling you have throughout the week really worth it? Everyone deserves to relax on the weekend, and it is the healthy thing to do. But for those who spare a few moments to plan their week ahead and accomplish a few things will find themselves sailing through the following week stress-free.

Plan your outfits – We spend so much time in the morning deciding what to wear. The weekend is the perfect time to plan your outfits for the week. Plan your accessories and keep them together so you don’t waste time looking for them.

Laundry – The last thing you need on a Wednesday is running out of a clean pair of pants or socks. Gather up your clothes and have a laundry day. You’ll be glad you did it.

Sort out your weekday meals – Ever have this nagging feeling throughout the day about what to cook for your family once you or they get back from work or school? If you have enough groceries and ingredients? Sorting your weekday meals in advance takes that niggling feeling away and helps you avoid wasting time on thinking every day.

  • You could either batch cook your meals and freeze them on the weekend or plan what you will eat based on what you have in your cupboards.
  • Prepare your sauces and cut your vegetables on the weekend.
  • You can also buy pre-cooked or ready to cook fish.
  • Lastly, make a list of ingredients, go shopping and note down the dishes you’ll make every day of the week.

Prepare some snacks – Prepare at least 5 snack containers with some cut up fruit, nuts or salads. They will be a good go-to snack when you’re too busy to run to the store and will help you from taking the cheat’s route with chips or a donut.

Tidy up your home – Simple jobs done around the house will have your space live-able during the week. Empty all your bins, change the sheets and towels, do a tidy up and put everything back in place.

Take care of yourself – It is the weekend, after all. Your week is likely to be full of meetings, rushing around, kids etc. Take time to do something you enjoy and that relaxes you, either catching up on your favourite TV shows, going to the spa or getting a workout. Go to bed at a reasonable hour to ensure that your Monday starts of well.

Make to-do lists – Rather than spending time each night wondering what there is scheduled for tomorrow, simply make a list on the weekend. List down all your commitments and appointments, parent-teacher meetings, friends’ birthdays, days on which your bills are due, etc. This can also give you time to prepare for these events, such as maybe buying a gift or returning something you borrowed on your way to a certain place.

The weekend sets the tone for the entire week to come. If you had to start from scratch at the end of every day for the next day, you’d spend a lot more time than if you did it all in one go.