5 tips for a productive week

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Once again the week is over – and a new one is starting. Sundays well spent are great for both, and one way to utilize your Sunday is to get into a good mind set. One way is to completely relax and spend time on yourself. Another is to get ready for the week ahead; and to strive for productivity and effieciency.

 

1. Lists

Yes, we hear it everywhere! Lists are the key to staying organized. But remember to do it the way that suits you. Are you constantly attached yo your smartphone? Make your lists on it, and use the calendar for appointments. Personally, I have to write everything down by hand for me to remember it.

2. Planning

Plan your week as best you can. Again, a calendar will do so much good here! I bought a brown leather Filofax in Covent Garden years ago, and I love it. But it’s as heavy as my textbooks and I can’t be arsed to drag it around everywhere. Now  the Moleskine weekly notebook is my trusted friend.When planning your week you get a overview of which days are busy, which can be used for catching up with friends and when you really need to get to bed early. Having an overview makes the week so much more productive, as you always know what you are doing. Colour coding is also a really effective way of keeping appointments apart, especially if you use the same planner for work, school, social activities and so on.

3.  Plan your outfits

As with planning the week, an overview makes it all much easier. When you know what you’re doing everyday, you can easily plan your outfits to the tasks. Are you working from home on Tuesday? No need to iron that shirt or pick a matching skirt. Have a chilled lunch meeting on Wednesday? Find the outfit now, and you won’t have to worry about that on the morning. Going straight from work to a dinner on Friday? Plan your outfit, and you’re prepared.

4. Make time 

This might seem a bit heavy on the planning, but it really helps! If you plan your lengthy showers, self-tanning sessions and deep treatment hair masks, you can make time for them and they don’t become a hassle. This is actually more about taking time for yourself, and keeping those self-focused plans calm and relaxing. If you schedule a two hour beauty session on Thursday night, you know you’ll really take those two hours and enjoy them. In our time and age we actually need to make time for us – no phone, no email, no internet.

5. Schedule empty hours

Just as we have to make time for ourselves, it can be a real help to schedule some empty hours. If you rush from one meeting to another, from task to task with no breaks, there is no time for the unforeseen tasks or meetings that might pop up. After all, they always do! If you schedule some empty hours you can use those for spontaneous meetings, or for getting ahead on tasks. It’s really effective, and prevents a lot of stress and overtime.

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