One thing that has been the key to building a great weekly routine is having a reset day built into my week. It’s the best way to start a weekend with a fresh mindset and keep the Sunday Scaries away. I wanted to share my routine with you and give you some tips to inspire your weekly refreshes too. Setting yourself up for a productive week ahead helps set healthy boundaries, keep stress at bay, and stay on top of a good work-life balance.
I do my weekly resets on Saturday mornings and I make it a super luxe experience. I keep a 6:30 AM alarm every day, for Saturdays I’m starting my morning routine by 7 AM. Cody and Levi always sleep in, so I put on some tea, grab my notebook, and make my list of things I need to review, refresh, and reset. Maybe your reset time is over takeout on Saturday nights, or Sunday out for brunch, do whatever fits your schedule best and makes you feel good. After you have your situation settled, grab your planner or laptop and jump into reset mode
Daily To Do
After prepping up for the whole week, the last part of my weekly reset routine is making up my to-do list for the day. It usually consists of putting laundry away, taking on the week’s big cleaning, any errands to run, all that fun stuff. I also add everything you see below, because who doesn’t love the feeling of crossing things off??
Review the Calendar
Notice the big things coming up in the week ahead. Any appointments, plans with friends, or big days at work. For me, I have a lot of work travel coming up, so I need to make sure I prep ahead of those trips so I don’t have to even think about cooking or cleaning in the lead-up to travel days. If you use different calendar systems, make sure to reconcile everything. I use one Google Calendar for my laptop and phone, but translate big work events from Outlook to GCal so they don’t slip my mind.
Planning my cleaning schedule is super important to me. If I don’t have it written on a list, a lot of the time it doesn’t happen. Some of you might use the Fly Lady system, some of you might use another blogger’s system. I’ve tried a couple and ultimately settled on my own routine that I split with Cody.
Update the Budget
I try to update my budget more than once a week, but hey, no one is perfect and life is busy. So making it a part of my weekly reset is perfect. It allows me to check what bills have been paid (thank you Auto-Pay or nothing would be paid, ever), what’s coming up, where I’ve been spending, and where I need to cut. And if it’s the last week of the month, I make sure to jump on the next month’s budget too!
I try to make a meal plan a month in advance, but it doesn’t always happen, because life. So as a part of my weekly rest, I review the following week’s dinner plans so that I can start planning my list for my Thursday afternoon grocery shop. I’ve been working on tightening up our grocery budget with the rising costs of a lot of our go-to foods too, so I look through all the local store sales and will be adding some couponing into the plans too!
These weekly resets have become an essential part of my weekly routine. Taking the time to look at what I have coming up, plan for the next few days, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the early morning. Having this time not only gives me a nice start to my Saturdays, but it sets me up for an easier week overall, with much fewer things to stress over.