It’s hardly a secret that I live for the weekends. I look forward to sleeping in, spending time with The Boy, and just not being at work. Unfortunately, there are five days known as the work week that stand between me and my little slice of heaven. Thankfully I have The Boy to help me get through, but when he’s away for a few days I find myself riding shot gun on the struggle bus. His latest work trip forced me to come up with a new daily routine to ensure everything and everyone (i.e. our fur babies) were taken care of. As a result, I’ve come up with 3 work week survival tips that are sure to make anyone’s work week pass by a little more swiftly.
3 Work Week Survival Tips
- Plan ahead – The most important key to surviving the work week is to plan ahead. If you’re anything like me, Monday-Friday you’re out of the house for up to 12 hours. This means you don’t have much time between when you get home and need to be going to bed. Plan ahead the Sunday before the week starts by picking out your clothes, planning your dinner, and preparing your lunches. Even as a child I was awful about picking my clothes for the week, but I’ve found on the mornings I already have an outfit in mind I can save up to 15 minutes. As far as meal prepping goes, I’m resistant to cooking lunch for the week on Sundays, especially when I’m home alone. Instead, I plan my dinners for the week, based on the time I will get home and how long it will take me to get on the table, and plan to cook enough for lunch (and maybe dinner) the next day. Which brings me to my next point….
- Use your crockpot – My crockpot is my saving grace during busy weeks or even when I’m just being lazy. When I’m getting home at 7:30pm. the last thing I want to do is stand over the stove for an hour or so AND have to clean the kitchen. My crockpot allows dinner to be cooking while I’m out all day and typically leaves me just one dish to clean. My favorite feature of my crockpot is its warm setting. After the timer I set expires, it automatically turns off and switches to warm. My food is always ready to eat as soon as I walk in the door.
- Refrain from hitting snooze and/or staying up late – It has almost become a joke the way my alarm goes off and I hit snooze 3-4 before actually getting out of bed. The only reason I can do this is because The Boy takes care of the dogs in the morning and usually packs my lunch. However, while he was on his work trip and I was on my own, I realized how impractical that was going to be. I was the one needing to deal with the dogs and back lunch, on top of the rest of my morning routine. So instead of hitting my snooze button I resolved to catch some extra zzz’s by going to bed early the night before. Since I get home kind of late, this sometimes means eating dinner and going straight to bed, leaving other things (i.e. laundry needing to be folded) undone. I know that without a full 8 hours of sleep I’m not going to be any good to anybody, so I prioritize my rest above all else. In my opinion, if you plan ahead, you shouldn’t have to leave too many chores undone. For example, I planned to have a crockpot meal for dinner so when I got home I was able to eat right away and then fold the laundry before getting in bed at 9:30.
Whether we like it or not, the majority of us are working 40+ hours each week and probably come home literally exhausted. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I could just come home, mindlessly sit in front of the TV, and have a dedicated person cook, clean, and get me ready for tomorrow. When you don’t have domestic partner, all of the responsibilities fall on you every day. However, it’s totally possible to make it all seem a little more bearable. I’m a firm believer that humans are creatures of habit and if you form good habits you will float seamlessly through the work week and be enjoying the weekend before you know it!
What tips do you have to surviving the work week?
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