The beginning of the week has the power to unlock your potential.
You can either set yourself up for success, or you can let yourself get carried away by whatever comes at you… which sometimes doesn’t work.
If you don’t get yourself ready for your week, you risk preventing yourself from making as much progress as you could. Each week a new chance to accomplish your goals or make progress toward them.
Every week is an opportunity.
Don’t let this opportunity go to waste. If you got into a sports competition, you wouldn’t just wing it when you got there, you would prepare for months in advance to make sure you perform optimally.
Treat your week like that - your big chance. This is your chance to do big things.
Reflect on last week
Last week is in the past.
Luckily, a great gift that we have is to be able to look back and reflect on the past and grow from it. We are not stuck where we are. We are constantly changing and growing.
The more we can realize the areas that need growth, the more we can step into that growth and start activating change.
Our lives have so much potential. Don’t let yourself stop growing - nurture that growth.
You can do this by reflecting on the past week - what went well that you can continue this week? What didn’t go so well? How can you prevent it from happening again this coming week? In what ways can you grow this week? What do you regret? What are you glad you did?
These are all important questions that too often get overlooked. We convince ourselves that we’re too busy or it’s not worth our time, but your growth is worth your time.
This step of the process involves deciding what you want this next week to look like. Take a look back on your reflections from the week before, and really make a plan to change for this week.
What do you want this week to look like?
At the end of the week, what do you hope to have accomplished?
How are you going to grow this week?
Setting those intentions in our mind and reminding ourselves of them keeps our eyes on the goal. When we can see where we’re going, it makes the little steps to get there seem smaller.
Write out to-do lists
To-do lists are one of my favorite ways to increase my productivity. Writing out to-do lists is a powerful way to remind yourself of what you need to do and keep yourself on task. I know that for me, if I don’t write it down, it reduces the chances that I will accomplish it by a LOT.
Don’t cheat yourself out of big accomplishments and significant steps forward by not taking the time to plan and get yourself ready for the week.
This is similar to writing goals, but think of the goals as the big-picture visions, and the to-do lists as the smaller steps that you need to take to get there.
After a long, probably busy week, we often feel drained. Take some time to rest and recharge. Your phone needs to be plugged into a charger - why not you? It’s just as crucial that you rest and give yourself time to recharge.
Recharging could mean taking a little time for yourself, getting some extra sleep, journaling, reflecting, and eating healthy meals. It could mean going on a walk, spending time with family and friends, and taking a little time off from working.
Don’t underestimate the power of giving yourself a little break.
Set yourself up for success
Prepare for the week! There are a lot of little things that we do throughout the day that we could easily get done in advance. Here are some things you can get ready in advance:
Get yourself all ready for the week, so that both mentally and physically, you are READY to take it on.
Psych yourself up
I know it just feels like another week. We have so many weeks in our lives - why celebrate this one?
Because life is short.
Life is too short for you to not make the most of every second, every minute, every day, every week.
Don’t let this week go to waste. Get excited about everything that’s going to happen, from the meals you are going to eat to the people you are going to see to the goals you are going to accomplish. Be thankful for seeing your best friend, even if you see her almost every day. Be thankful for the dinner that you have with your family, even if you have dinner together every night. Be thankful for the opportunity to work and play and laugh and have fun and sleep.
Start the week with the mindset that this week is gonna be a great week.
Get excited and prepare yourself to make the most of this week.
Setting yourself up for success is so important to do every week. Going in with a plan can help you stay on task and be more productive.
You can set yourself up for success by reflecting on your week, recharging, prepping, planning, and setting goals. Get yourself excited for the week, plan to have a good week, and execute that plan.
If you liked this post, check out my post with 10 End-of-Day Reflection Questions to help you reflect on your day and boost your productivity.