Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you’re losing the plot! But if you’re anything like us, little internal nagging voices are a regular occurrence in your life.
Picture the scene: It’s Sunday evening, you’ve had a fabulous weekend and are ready to snuggle down on the sofa to catch up on the latest from Strictly or Sky Sports (or whatever your guilty pleasure is!), but there’s a small voice niggling away at you and despite the relative calming influence of a glass of wine you just can’t get your mind to tune out and relax.
Chances are your mind is much more active than your body feels and it’s already subconsciously steaming ahead thinking about the tasks that await you in the week ahead.
Your choices are two-fold:
Option one: ignore your instincts, fight back and hope that you can tune out the little voice urging you to start your week now.
Option two: find yourself 15 minutes before you take another sip of wine to concentrate on what your priorities are for the week ahead.
The sensible approach is, of course, Option Two. Dedicate 15 minutes every Sunday evening (or any time over the weekend that’s convenient, of course) to silencing that little voice. Here’s our advice on how to structure that time to maximise your effectiveness.
- 1) Review your diary: make sure you know what fixed appointments you have, and where, and work around these in the best way to make your time more efficient and rewarding.
- 2) Organise key tasks: identify those activities you must achieve this coming week to meet your personal or business needs.
- 3) Optional extras: line up a couple of tasks that, if completed, would make you feel like a superhero by next weekend.
- 4) Time out: if you possibly can, find a bit of space for some ‘me’ time. This will really help recharge the batteries and energise you for the week ahead.
My guess is that a quarter of an hour each Sunday will lead to you enjoying your evening more, enable you to sleep more soundly, and get you off to a cracking start first thing in the morning.
In fact, you might want to celebrate your organisational prowess with another glass of wine!
Written by Pink Spaghetti York, Harrogate and Surrounds