One of the biggest benefits and potential detriments of working from home is having complete control over your schedule. If you aren't careful, your week can turn into a mush of pajamas, Law & Order SVU and never leaving the house. Or maybe that's just me?
That's why I am very protective over my Sunday mornings. I use that time to carefully plan out my week so it stays balanced. I'm going to share my tips for keeping a solid work-from-home schedule in this new series called A Sunday Well Spent (because we all know a Sunday well spent brings a week of content!)
1. Map Out Your Entire Week
I start my Sunday mornings by mapping out my entire week in my Simplified Planner and on a good old sheet of paper. Everyone has their own system for this, but I can't recommend this planner enough.
First, I write out all of my to-dos, by client and by category, on the piece of paper for the entire week-- don't forget to include a category for yourself/house and your own business! Next, I divide those tasks across M-F in my planner, as well as appointments, work meetings, and major to-dos.
2. Fill in the Gaps
By writing out ALL that I have to accomplish during the week, I can make sure that it's evenly distributed between M-F so no day is overloaded.
After that, I look at my "social" calendar to fill in the gaps-- am I interacting with other humans enough? Working from home can be isolating. Because we just moved to a new city and don't know many people, sometimes I can go days only interacting with my husband and my dog. To counteract that, I make sure I have at least two things scheduled each week (M-Th) with friends or for networking. This can be coffee, a lunch, a workout class, an adult extra-curricular, anything!
3. Plan those Meals
This is something I do because I genuinely enjoy it, but it has also saved Brooks and I a lot of time, energy and money! On the other side of that master sheet of paper, I plan out our meals for the week. Breakfast and lunch stay pretty consistent, so I really just focus on dinners. The Simplified Planner even has a spot to write dinner each day! After I map that out, I make a shopping list and end my productive Sunday morning with a trip to the grocery store!
Stay tuned next week as I drive further into step three and give you a glimpse into our weekly dinners.
What do you on Sunday to set yourself up for success all week? I'd love to hear your tips!