If you read my post Summer detox for your brain you know that I after vacation, living in quarantine and working to start a new business felt a serious need to get my planning in order so to not end up procrastinating my weeks away. I also needed to prioritize all my to-do’s so I didn’t end up focusing on the wrong things.
To get myself setup for success I decided to also start doing a weekly refresh, something I learned from muchelleb’s and The Bliss Bean’s youtube channels, go check out their channel if you’re a productivity nerd like me. I decided to call mine a End of week reset since I like to do my refresh on Friday’s, a lot of people like to do theirs on Sunday’s, but I love taking a chunk out of my Friday afternoon and getting it all together, that way I don’t have to take time out of my cherished weekend.
As a small business owner for the last 8-ish years, who most of that time also had a full time job or studied full time, I’ve decided that my weekends are for fun, friends and relaxation – not work if I don’t want to burn out at 35.
So what is my End of week reset?
It’s basically a combo of cleaning, goal setting and planning. Ideally I do each of the steps but hey, I’m human too and sometimes I’ll just end up cleaning for 2 hours or spend time planning my upcoming week, choose what works for you and don’t overwhelm yourself.
End of week reset Step 1 – Cleaning
While I like the idea of doing a quick mini cleaning everyday a lá Flylady (I’ll share my FlyLady routine in an upcoming post), some days there just aren’t any time or energy for keeping a clean home, so I like to start my End of Week reset with a nice 1-2 hour cleaning. Although cleaning isn’t the most fun thing in the world, I always try to make it fun by popping on my headphones and listening to a podcast or Dolly Parton.
I always like to start by putting on a load of laundry, sadly our washing machine has yet to be delivered so I’ll have to start that habit next week, and hope I have enough clean underwear….
To clean effectively I go through each room and follow the same general method:
- Pick up loose items or mail and put them where they belong or throw away/recycle
- Pick up laundry
- Mop floors
- Water plants
- Make sure each room looks nice and tidy by fluffing up cushions or adding a cute decoration.
I start with our living room since it’s the biggest room and where the most junk tends to accumulate, moving on to the hallway, kitchen, bedroom, office and saving the bathroom for last, because it’s so fun!?
End of week reset Step 2 – Reflect on my week
Once I have a clean space all around me I grab myself a big mug of coffee or tea and sit down to reflect on my week. I look at my to-do list and the goals I set for myself for the week that just went by. I like to check any boxes I can and write at least 1-2 sentences reflecting on my goals, what went good, bad or what was completed.
At this point it’s also important to remind myself again that I’m only human and if I don’t complete a goal it’s not the end of the world. But it is important to reflect on why things didn’t go as planned and if this a goal that I honestly want to pursue for next week or is it a dream that will have to wait a few more months, be honest with yourself.
End of week reset Step 3 – Set goals
With last week’s goals fresh in mind I grab my master to-do list, that we did last week in the Summer detox, and start to set goals for the upcoming week. Setting goals for my weeks is something I started doing in the beginning of this year, it has kept me on track and made me feel obligated to do my best to complete them. It’s also perfect when you’re your own boss and so you don’t procrastinate aka YouTube your day away!
I set goals for:
- Home things – like calling the electrician
- Cleaning – do I have to clean the windows or have too much cobweb started to accumulate in the corners
- Work – are there any work things I need to get done this week
- Projects – are there any projects or phases I have to finish this week
- Workouts or movement – I have started to use the term movement instead of workout, it makes moving my body feel way more natural and uplifting then a “work-out”.
- Me time – what is one thing you want to do for yourself this week?
End of week reset Step 4 – Plan
Planning time! Time to make time for all your goals and plans for the upcoming week.
For repetitive goals, like my goal to do 15-20 minutes of yoga everyday, I really like to use Google Calendars to set a goal, that way it reminds me and I can cross it off when I’m done which makes me feel great.
What I plan and add to my calendar:
- Book appointments and/or meetings
- Work hours
- Time for routines
- Meal prep – this is something I really want to get into and good at this fall.
- Make time for relaxation – don’t plan yourself to death!
- Add in your goals and when to complete them
- Me time
Something I’ve been thinking about lately is how relaxation and me time or self care often gets tangled up together. For me “me time” is a walk in the woods or up a mountain while relaxation is binging a Netflix series or reading a book. Do whatever works for you best, but remember that you need time to spend on yourself, with yourself, if you’re going to continue to do the awesome things you do!
End of week reset Step 5 – Digital declutter
The last thing on my list is doing a digital declutter. This is something I very very recently have gotten into not really realizing how important it is to have a clean digital space too, since the internet and my computer is where I actually spend the most of my time.
Confession time! I didn’t clear my inbox for a few years and just let all emails sit and collected digital dust until my inbox hit well over a thousand emails.
So I decided to start small!
- Unsubscribing – Every time I got a marketing email that I wasn’t interested in subscribing to anymore I went in and unsubscribed, suddenly my inbox wasn’t overflowing anymore.
- Clear email – Removing old emails can be seriously tedious but if you start by doing a few a day you’ll soon end up with a 0 inbox – what a dream!
- Answer emails right away – Now this is something I’m terrible at but definitely working towards getting better at.
- Sort and remove screenshots – How many screenshots are too many in a week!? I’m the queen of screenshots but that also makes me the queen of a super cluttered desktop. Most I can just throw in the trash but some I like to store in specific folders that I set up for my hoarding.
- Sorting my files – Having organized files is just the best, you know where everything is and everything has its place.
- Portable hard drive – I back up my computer on a portable hard drive which used to have 3 different backup versions on it, so cleaning it out was a serious project. Now this isn’t something I would do every week, but probably once every three-six months depending on how often I back up. It was a hassle but man, did it feel great to get it done.
Hope these tips helped you get more organized and on track for the upcoming week. I would love to hear how you reset your week!