This sounds kinda try-hard, but Mondays are my favourite day of the week [clearly demonstrated here, here, here & here]. Mainly because I feel like you get to reset on Mondays. It’s a new week – what’s done is done and you get a chance to start again and do better.
I feel like weekends are the perfect time to catch up, reset and plan for the week ahead. When planning, I try to look at only one week at a time. If I think about the whole month, I start to feel overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished in that time. Of course I’ve always got my eye on my long-term vision but I try to stay laser focused on each 7 days, in their own block. Meaning, I don’t worry too much about the following week or what’s happening next. I try to break down and focus on what’s entailed for that full week. By working this way, I feel like I’m able to give more energy and attention to those things, follow-through and complete them instead of sitting on things forever.
Part of this thinking has a lot to do with keeping good habits. I’d like to sit here and tell you that I have great habits, and for the most part they are good. But there are times (depending on what’s happening in my personal life) when my good habits suffer because of it and I have had to learn how to reset.
So much of my work involves sharing my world; my day, my routines, my thoughts, my experiences.. so dealing with stressors that weigh on me have the risk of trickling into my work. And that I cannot have. I’ve been building my blog for 5 years so it’s super important to me that no matter what gets flung my way that I am taking care of myself and able to work through it and reset so I can do better.
You might notice that I’m pretty active on Stories but there are days I don’t post at all. I don’t do this on purpose, per se. I just know when I need a break to step back, reassess and recharge. Yesterday was that day. Sundays I love to get out my calendar, my planner and make lists of what I want to focus on, what I need to get done and what I plan on doing to progress everything ahead. Week by week.
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In the past I’ve found whenever I feel stuck, that focusing on things I want to work on for the following week helps pull me back on track. These can be the simplest, little things. More than anything, I like to focus on habits.
Here’s a list of things I want to work on this week. Things I know will help me reach my goals and feel my best.
10 THINGS I WANT TO DO THIS WEEK:
- Hydrate: I love my water ice cold with tons of ice. I know they say you should drink warm water first thing in the morning, but I’m kind of a rebel like that. I also love my water with fresh lemon and a scoop of collagen for strong, healthy hair + nails. Sometimes I’m great about my water and sometimes I fall off, but this week I want to get my ass back on track.
- Exercise: I’ve learned that when I get stressed/anxious I need to run. Headphones on, music full blast, 20-30 min run on the treadmill. I get such clarity from this time and often my best ideas. Today I felt kinda squirmy so I scheduled a run in my calendar first thing.
- 30 minutes of reading: I think it’s so important to read, learn and expand your mind. My favourite (& quite frankly, only) books to read are books on personal development, mindset, business, entrepreneurship, or sometimes autobiographies about leaders I look up to and how they got their start.
- Being grateful + present: last year I got this journal called ‘The Five Minute Journal‘. The idea is everyday you fill out 3 things you are grateful for today, 3 things that could have gone better yesterday and 3 things you could do better tomorrow. This week I want to get back into the habit of writing these out. By thinking about what you are grateful for immediately pulls you into the present and into a positive flow.
- Redirect negative talk: we all have those voices that pop into our head. You can’t do that, what were you thinking, that was dumb… some weeks I have a harder time with it than others but I’ve learned how to redirect my thoughts in a positive way. Another thing that trips me up is being around negative people. Most of these people don’t even realize how negative they sound but IRL it’s hard to ignore and I find it super draining. This week I want to practice lots of self-love + positive talk.
- Be relentless: spending a few hours on the weekend to get ahead of my inbox makes such a huge difference to my work flow for the week. I like to get my emails out first thing Monday morning so they’re out of the way with and people can respond back early in the week. Having my inbox handled also lends that time to other projects that need my attention. It’s a win-win. Being relentless means making moves and doing what needs to be done in order to get ahead. Even on weekends or after 5.
- Work on long-term projects: there are two larger projects in particular that I ‘m so excited to share with you this fall. I haven’t announced anything just yet but have been working away on getting all the details in place. These projects will require my full attention over the next few months as we prep for their launches, so the sooner I can get things moving the better. Time to buckle down!
- Reduce household waste: for me this means using my market grocery bags, not buying plastic as much as possible, eating more local & fresh, conserving energy in our home etc. Making conscious decisions that support our lifestyle.
- Prep my skin: I have my next appointment at Project Skin this week so I want to take extra care to prep my skin for the treatment. Technically, you don’t need to prep anything before going in, I just mean taking an extra moment every day to make sure I’m doing things like using my Clarisonic Facial System, my steamer and my serums to keep everything fresh and hydrated.
- Get good sleep: it’s in my nature to work at night. I don’t know what it is, but I looove working late into the night. I know it isn’t the healthiest for me. This week I want to make sure I’m getting a good 8/9 hours of sleep each night. Which means, working smarter and more efficiently each day.
SIDE NOTE: I don’t ever want my posts to come off like I’m telling you what to do or what you should do. I hope it’s clear in my writing that I aim to inspire by sharing my own history and personal experiences. If one person takes comfort in anything I’ve shared then it was worth sharing. I hope you find value in my blog and know that I value your support!