Everyone wants to start off on the right foot on Monday morning. When you get off to a stressful start, it can often impact on the rest of the week and make you feel like you don't have control of your life. Instead of spending a Sunday night running around like a headless chicken getting your life in some semblance of order for the coming work week, these are a few easy steps you can follow, at your leisure, to help ease you in gently...
I'm lucky in the sense that my husband tends to plan meals a full week in advance. We shop on a Saturday morning and pick up all the ingredients we need for 7 days. Although this is completely Les' thing, it really can take the stress of those last minute trips to the supermarket and the sinking feeling of getting home after a long day at the office and wondering if you can pull together a hearty meal with an out of date packet of fajita mix and a bag of green beans*.
Organise Your Bag
This might be your handbag, gym bag, or whatever other bag you need for weekly activities. I keep my gym bag, packed, in the back of my car. Incidentally, it's been there for the past 4 weeks, but that's a whole other story. Anyway, what I do find annoying as hell during the week is not having the stuff I need in my handbag. I also seem to pick up every single piece of rubbish in the world during the week and keep it there. On a Sunday, I like to empty it out and start again. That way, I know I have the important stuff. Like painkillers. And my purse, obviously. This saves me a bit of time, raking through old receipts, earrings, tampons (there's always one, isn't there?), loose change and, on occasion, sachets of tomato ketchup that my husband has appropriated and then randomly thrown in there.
Now, I know that lots of people own (and use) an iron. I have one, but having just made it through my second full year of not using it, I'm damn sure not gonna ruin that record by looking smooth and crease free. I just think life's too short and I make no apologies for that. So, while I'm hanging up dresses, matching cardigans and shoes for the week ahead, I understand that some of you will also have to iron all this stuff (probably not the shoes though...). I don't have time to work out what I'm going to wear in the morning, so I have everything lined in my wardrobe (including scarves) the night before. More often than not, I can do it for the full week at one time. This means I never have to worry about grabbing items of clothing and then making to work, only to realise that I have two different shoes on and nothing matches.
Breakfast and Lunch
Yes, I know that lots of people actually eat in their homes before they leave for work, but I am not one of those people. I eat breakfast bars and I eat them at my desk. Every. Single. Day. I also take lunch with me to work and this usually consists of a packet of cous cous or a Mug Shot noodle soup type thing. I put a full box of breakfast bars in my handbag on a Sunday night and grab enough packets of food for lunches. I then dump them all in my desk drawer on a Monday morning and that's me organised for the week. I keep a jar of coffee in the office at all times and just replace it when needed. I find this works much better than having to do something each morning. I'm just not sharp enough for that, I'm afraid. Also - having everything in place on a Monday stops me popping to the Spar next door to my office and buying crisps.
How do you set yourself up for the week?
* No, you can't.