Building weekly habits can be a bit of work initially.
But without my little daily and weekly routines, there is no way I would be able to maintain the lifestyle I enjoy!
I have 2 kids, a healthy relationship, I run a business, I study part time AND I attend 2-3 kickboxing classes every week. All this, and I still have time to get a relaxing massage twice a month.
I’m inherently lazy, and if you give a lazy person hard work, they’re going to find the easiest way to get it done!
With clever planning and organisation, I spend a couple of hours per week that (quite literally) leave me with hours to spare.
So, I’m sharing my 5 top weekly habits that are guaranteed to save you time and money every week.
1. Write a weekly meal plan and shopping list
It might seem simple, but if you don’t do these things I bet you spend minutes, or hours, every week considering what to cook, realising you don’t have all the ingredients, going to the grocery store to buy them, and then the actual cooking…
Start by mapping out your week ahead (I do this on a Saturday morning).
Next, plan your meals. Your busier days you’ll want to have something simple, prepared in advance. Your quieter days, you could aim to cook a bigger meal from scratch (if you enjoy that!)
Next, write out all the ingredients you’ll need, plus your staples like bread and milk, to create your shopping list for the week.
Then, do the shopping! (I shop online and have it delivered Sunday morning and do all my prep for the busier days. Again, a time saver!!)
2. Lay out clothes and breakfast utensils the night before
This is especially helpful if your house is as mad as mine in the morning with kids and school drop offs to manage before work!
Make them as easy as possible so you can roll out of bed, dress, get breaky done, and you’re on the way!
3. If it takes less than 1 minute, do it right away
Tiny but HUGELY effective in keeping on top of the little bits of cleaning throughout the day.
Put your dish right into the dishwasher, wipe the bench, put your shoes away correctly, chuck your used clothes into the dirty pile directly.
4. Go to bed and wake up around the same time every day
Doing this – regardless of what time you’re going to bed and waking up- can be way more effective at giving you energy compared with trying to get a straight 8 hours!
Setting a regular sleep-wake cycle is your body’s dream. If you have trouble sleeping, check out this blog on Managing Stress!
5. Switch off technology 30-60 minutes before bedtime
You’ve probably heard this before, but screens can slow your melatonin (sleep hormone) production and make your sleep quality poor- even if you don’t have trouble going to sleep!
In my house, we switch off by 7:30pm most nights and play games or read books together. The bonding time is much more significant and we go to bed feeling nice and sleepy.
Hopefully these tips have given you some motivation to get cracking on some new habits. You can find more helpful tips on James Clear’s website here.