I complete these 10 things each week and I'm convinced that they help my week run so much smoother! I love that quote that says something along the lines of if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! It's so accurate -- a little prep work goes a long way!
I love getting groceries on Sundays to ensure that we're stocked for the upcoming week. You may read all about our typical grocery haul here.
2. Prep Meals / Snacks
Meal prep is definitely something the helps set us up for success each week. Once arriving home from the grocery store, I wash and chop veggies for the week and prep easy meals and snacks! Even on my work from home days, it's so nice to be able to pull out a pre-made salad from the fridge!
This is definitely one of those things that falls under a "self-care" category for me. I'm super social but like to classify myself as an extroverted introvert, because at my core, I need down time to recharge. Reading and working out are two of my favorite solo activities that help me feel refreshed! I just published a post yesterday on how to read multiple books in a month -- click here to check it out.
4. Run 3x + Walk 70k Steps
Being active has always been a priority / lifestyle for me! I always feel my best when I've moved continually throughout the week especially since being a designer requires a lot of time spent sitting at a desk!
The never-ending battle! We typically do laundry 3 or so days per week -- I try to keep it running to avoid having to do a bunch of loads on a Sunday evening. I'm super particular about my clothes and don't put anything other than my socks and towels in the dryer. Due to this quirk, this drying rack has been a lifesaver!
Without fail, I paint my nails every single week simply because it makes me happy. Definitely one of those "little things" that makes a difference! Click here to read about my nail routine.
7. Plan Out my Week
I've been using The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley for the past couple of years and it works out perfectly for me! I always order the daily version in Happy Stripe and love how simple and clean it is. I have a calendar on my phone, but everything goes into my paper planner as well since that's how my brain works.
8. Date Night
Having a weekly date night has been a game-changer for us. We've blocked off Friday evenings as a reoccurring date night each week and it has made us more intentional about "dating our spouse." We've been doing this for almost a year now and it has made such a difference in our marriage.
9. Book Club
Andy and I started having a weekly "book club" where we would each read a chapter of a marriage / relationship book and then meet at Starbucks one night per week to discuss. We typically use a corresponding study guide as well, which really helps to guide our discussions and maximize what the books have to offer. We just finished up this book + the study guide / workbook and will start back up again in September!
10. Spend Time with Family / Friends
After doing a lot of personal development work aka figuring out my energy levels and personality, I've realized that I'm actually a lot more social than I thought I was. I've noticed that the weeks where I don't have a lot of social interaction are actually the weeks that I have far less mental and physical energy. So weird for this former INTJ!
What are three things you do each week?
What's the best part of your week?