Write a realistic to-do list
The key word here is realistic.
Unrealistic to-do lists (the ones that feel endless) will have you feeling overwhelmed before the week can even start. Realistic to-do lists (the ones that allow you to pace yourself) provide a sense of purpose and reduce decision fatigue when Monday rolls around.
You might want to begin by brain dumping everything that’s on your mind. That’s what I use the Drawing Board in Curation for.
Filter through your list and consider what is truly a priority for the week. Once you have your top priorities, consider what else you can realistically do this week, taking into account your various appointments and commitments. Avoid overloading. Embrace the white space in your planner.
If you feel as though everything is a priority (we all feel this way sometimes), stop and ask yourself these five specific questions. This will help you figure out what is actually a priority, and ultimately focus your time and energy mindfully.
Plan your meals in advance
Consider your state of mind after a long day at work. Figuring out what to eat and whether you have the necessary ingredients can feel like a very annoying chore.
Planning your meals in advance saves you unnecessary decision making during the week and helps you make more mindful food choices rather than ones motivated by your level of hunger and tiredness.
Take a look at your appointments and commitments for the week and consider the cooking time of the recipes you’re looking at.
You might also find it helpful to include some “leftover” dinners to make it easier on yourself on the days you have a lot more on your plate (pun intended).
For example, if Tuesday is looking like a big day, can you cook more on Monday to alleviate the stress of cooking on Tuesday?