Mondays seem to hang over our heads mocking and taunting us as we enjoy football and relaxing on Sunday before heading back to work. Prepping for the work week is incredibly important as we are often pulled in a hundred directions first thing in the a.m.

I created the following routine for myself to feel better prepared when Monday morning hits.

  1. Break out tasks per day. What do I need to do each day of the week. This will change as the week progresses, but at least you have an idea of what your schedule holds and can plan accordingly.
  2. Schedule emails. To avoid overwhelming and annoying staff, co-workers or clients on a Sunday night, I utilize Hubspot’s Sidekick to schedule out emails. I can send updates, confirm meetings and follow-up on outstanding items.
  3. Map out my calendar. Depending on my workload for the coming week, I will reserve time in my calendar to get shit done. If I need to follow-up on a press release, put together a proposal, etc. I know I have the time set aside.
  4. Read. Sundays are my day to read one of several business books I have started. During the week I am fully focused on meetings, strategy, management, etc. and I don’t have the time to read. Sunday, while watching football, I try to catch up and apply what I am learning to the company.
  5. Write. My favorite time to write is Sunday. Whether I am writing for 834, Small Biz Musings or Huffington Post, my head is clearer and I have less distractions on the weekend.
  6. Meal prep. Each Sunday I whip together a few meals that I can then take for lunches throughout the week. If you don’t have a crockpot, get one. It is so easy, throw some chicken and ingredients together to cook throughout the day, place in containers and you are set.

By prepping on Sundays, I am able to increase my productivity throughout the week and feel less overwhelmed. What is your routine?

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