After a relaxing weekend especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to see is Monday roll around. I know, as a stay at home mom you’re probably thinking “why is she so worried about a Monday, she doesn’t work 8 hour days”. Well, as a matter of fact we dread Monday’s too. Monday’s mean back to packing lunches, waking the kids up and getting ready for school, having to kiss your husband goodbye each morning and not seeing him all day, fixing dinners, and keeping the house clean. As a busy mom I’ve learned to make Monday’s more positive and less stressful.
Here’s some tips I’ve learned to help own not only Monday’s, but the entire week!
Always start off with a positive outlook. Never look at a new week as something stressful or exhausting. Look at it as a time to accomplish something new or as an opportunity to be able to progress in your life.
Set goals. Not only should you set goals, but be excited to accomplish those goals. Wake up Monday morning and be ready to kick some ass. If it helps, write those goals down in a visible location where you can read them each morning and check them off as your week progresses.
Make sure laundry is done. Fresh clothes for a fresh week is always the best. I never want to worry about doing laundry mid week or my son running out of matching socks. Which somehow he finds a way to lose a pair at least once a week.
Figure out dinner. Have your meals for the week already planned. Know what you’re cooking each day and double check that you have all of the ingredients before the week starts so you don’t have to run out and get something. I always leave the non-refrigerated ingredients on the counter the night before so all I have to do is start cooking when my husband gets home.
Have the kids ready. Just as stated above, have their lunches picked out for the week. Prep them in little baggies & label them for each day of the week so you know what day is each bag. I always prep the non refrigerated items in five different baggies and leave a space in the refrigerator for five cold items and five juice boxes, so all I do is make a sandwich then grab and go. Same applies for their outfits, I pick out five outfits for each day of the week and have them ready for the next morning on the kids dressers.
Meal prep. When I meal prep, it is a life savor for me. I always have to run and grab my son around lunch time, but as soon as I get back, I easily can grab a meal, eat it, and spend more of the afternoon with the kids. If you work full time, do the same for breakfast too! Put them together and make it a quick grab and go for the morning.
Set a day to pay bills. If you own a home, you know the bills stack up. They are alway due at different times, and it can be so confusing. I always choose a Monday morning to make sure all the bills are paid before they are late. If a bill is due before the following Monday, it gets paid at that time. I never like waiting until the last minute and thinking “did I pay that bill” while laying in bed.
Review the upcoming week. Double check if you have any doctors appointments or school functions coming up during the week. Not only do I keep them on my calendar in my iPhone, but I have a dry erase board right by my front door that I write on every Sunday to prepare me for places I need to be during the week. When the day is over, it gets erased.
Fill your tank. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I hate waking up on a Monday with an almost empty tank. The last thing I want to do is stop and fill it. Sunday’s I always make sure my tank is full or filled enough to where I don’t need to stop.
Make some time for yourself. This might be the most important. Don’t overbook yourself to where you’re constantly running and make some time to do something for you. It can help relieve stress and make your days run smoother. It could range from a simple bubble bath to dinner with your husband or friends.
Hopefully these tips help you as much as they help myself! What else do you do to help prepare for the week ahead? I’d love to hear!