You know when your motivation runs out by Friday, and you finally have your weekend to relax and not work but then you look back at your desk and there’s mountains of paperwork with a HUUUGGGE to-do list to go through? Yeah, I hate that too.
I dislike knowing that I don’t even get 1 single day off, I can work 48+ hours a week and even hustle on the hours i’m not working and still only bring in an extra £200 a month, because of something I’ve forgotten about or something that I’ve left till last because it’s sooo daunting.
Well I’ve come up with an amazing system that will help you fill your week WHILST giving yourself a whole day off in the middle of the week. Granted my method doesn’t give you a whole weekend, but that’s the online work life for you. Here’s what I do every Sunday to make sure I’m on top of my work load and to ensure I get at least 1 day off a week!
- Schedule everything! Every Sunday I sit down at my laptop and make sure everything for my work week and PERSONAL week is in my calendar, not only that but I also schedule my social media sites, these included almost everything, my full list of social sites that I schedule is: Facebook, I have a group and a page; Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin, Pinterest, LinkedIn and most recently YouTube. And to finish off I also plan my streaming videos for Twitch and my actual blog posts, most of the time I like to be a whole month in advance and I wont start a platform until I have at least 2 months’ worth of content, like my YouTube channel, at the moment I have no videos uploaded because I only have 3 edited, that’s not enough for me yet. I plan everything in my personal life too, I got such a cute calendar for Christmas from my partner (its Disney and supper cute) so I promised myself I’d use it properly, I write everything down from doctor’s appointments to meetings for my education and even when my family is coming to visit and celebrations. I plan the lot! To help I use scheduling tools such as Hootsuite for my social media, and my blog has its own tool.
- I take good care of my skin. Here me out, with working on my blog and everything that comes with it so much I stress easily, I also suffer with dyslexia, which means it’s really hard for me to make sure my posts are as good as I can get and reads well. I have to make sure that every single thing is spelt right, and the grammar is perfect (it never is but It’s the best I can do, so that’s good enough for me). Not just that but I also stress about what others think of me, I know I have thick skin but sometimes the ones closest to me hurt me the most so Instead of just shrugging it off, whilst I’m relaxing and treating my skin I have a hard think about what they’ve said and really take it in, once I’ve relaxed and stopped stressing I decide if its worth worrying about or if I should just shrug it off (most of the time I chose to ignore it, they’re family they’re going to worry but that shouldn’t stop me). I’ve learnt taking care of myself helps me mentally and then it shows with my work.
- I get back in touch with everybody I can that I haven’t already, Sunday gives me the opportunity to sort through my friends and clients and slowly reply to everyone I can. It gives me chance to really connect and help out so many different people clearly without having 101 other tasks on my mind that also relieves stress from me throughout my upcoming week.
- I declutter, I don’t just mean my work space or my home even (which is a little hard as I live with grandparents) But I mean my laptop too, I leave a tab open at the bottom of my screen with a HUGGGE to-do list on it, and I work through it and declutter the smaller quick tasks so the rest of my week I can focus on all my important bigger tasks and leave myself the temptation of procrastination, which means a lot more work being done. But no matter what I add to my list.
- As I declutter I also add, but I mean this in the best way, I take an hour before bed to go through all my tasks I have to do and I add them to my list for the week ahead, and again ill tackle anything small that I can get done then and there and leave the bigger things to fill my week with, this may include important meetings and trips away, it maybe to write up anything I’ve left out. I always make my to do list bigger on a Sunday, if I have no actual work to add I will also put a challenge on their instead like to learn a yoga pose or to go for a walk to one of the prettier places near me to take some pictures.