Workweek Scheduling

I’ve written about how I think about my weekend time before, so I thought it would be nice to share the weekday counterpart post.

There’s no denying that weekdays are hectic—between the stress that work can bring and commuting time, it can be challenging to feel motivated to do anything after work. Because I am really not a morning person and therefore have to do everything after work, I’ve had to think long and hard about a system that works well for me and allows me to get everything done without feeling completely wiped out. And while my current system is ever-evolving and improving, it has worked pretty well for me and I’m excited to share it!

Make Mondays count. Mondays are often dreaded—they’re the first day after the weekend and often involve a lot of work stress and catch up. My philosophy on Mondays? Look at them as a fresh start to the week and an opportunity to get organized! I like to try to use Monday to its fullest ability by getting all of my ducks in a row for the week (while listening to some really fun music, of course). For me, that usually looks like setting out my outfits for the week, setting a schedule in my planner, and meal prepping.

Make a checklist. If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a big fan of to-do lists. I just love how they can serve as a brain dump, making it so I don’t have to worry about keeping everything straight in my head. On any given week, I’ll have different chores that need to get done, such as the usual suspects like laundry and grocery shopping, but also some standalone ones like gift shopping for a friend or getting my hair cut. By making a checklist for myself, I can easily see at a glance what needs to get done that week.

Break up the day. Going, going, going at work only to be followed by going, going, going after work is not a good combination. Instead, I personally need something to break up the day, which is where exercise comes into play for me. My gym offers tons of classes everyday but I have three that I really love, so I dedicate those days of the week to exercise classes. Breaking up the week with a physical activity helps me to stay focused, and because all of my classes end in the early evening, I can usually still tend to other to-do’s after they’re over.

Dedicate time on the weekend. When thinking about your workweek, it’s crucial to remember that not everything needs to get done in one day. In fact, not all of it even needs to get done that week. As I’ve written about before, I try to dedicate at least part of Sundays to errands and to-do’s, which makes such a difference on my mental health during the week. I’d highly recommend it!

It’s Time to Slow Down

Have you ever been asked what you’re doing over the weekend and feel the need to list off a myriad of activities in response? I know I have. With social media—particularly of the live variety—taking over, it’s hard to avoid the pressure to present yourself in an always-on, always-interesting light.

Amidst all of these social standards though, it’s so important to make the time for what you really want to do on your weekend. Whether that’s laying on the couch catching up on TV shows or going for a long hike and not bringing your phone along for the journey, it’s so necessary to carve out weekend time to do what we need to do to feel in tune with ourselves and caught up on life.

Personally, I often get really overwhelmed with my schedule and wonder when I’ll have time to do all that I need to. When these feelings come about, I know it’s time for a “me” Sunday. Just the other Sunday, I did what some might call “nothing.” While I don’t think I left the house all day, I crossed so many chores off of my list and felt infinitely more caught up with the fast-paced nature of my schedule at the end of it. From swapping my work bag, clearing out my wallet, treating myself to at-home facial, and changing the sheets, I was so incredibly happy that I took the time to do what I needed to do—even if it didn’t make for the best Instagram content.

Staying on Top of It All

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Sometimes staying on top of all of my chores can feel like a full-time job (and please tell me I’m not alone in that feeling!). Between dry cleaning, grocery shopping, and housekeeping, it’s no wonder why people have personal assistants to help them out with daily to-do’s.

And while I would certainly not be opposed to having a personal assistant, I’ve recently taken to a new system that has been working out really well for me and wanted to share it with all of you.

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Enter: this “All Out Of” notepad. I’ve never really been one for pre-formatted notes, as I like to have full creative freedom to write out exactly what I need to do and when. But there’s something about this pad that is just too great to deny. For starters, it’s magnetic so it lives perfectly on my refrigerator door. Second, it has just about everything you could ever think of, so you’ll never run to the store and forget an item again. Amazing, right?

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I particularly love that this pad gives me an at-a-glance view into all of my errands. Once it starts to fill up, I know that it’s time for a drug store haul, and of course, I know exactly what to buy.

Tricks of the Trade: Travel Itinerary

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Every time I travel, I make a super detailed travel itinerary that serves as my bible throughout the whole trip. From flight information to restaurant reservations and everything in between, my travel itinerary is the only document I have to carry with me when I travel.

Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at banging these itineraries out–so good that my friends request them even if they have no travel plans–and have developed somewhat of a strategy. So, like I always do, I thought I’d share my tips and tricks with you!

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I like to divide my travel itinerary by day (ex: Tuesday, March 28th) and then subdivide by time of day (ex: morning, afternoon, evening). That way, I can distinguish between something to see in the morning v. the evening. Plus, it’s a great way to make sure I don’t overbook myself for any one time of the day.

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From there, I go about filling in the different portions of the day. I like to do a ton of research before I go anywhere. Depending on the scale of the trip (international or national), I’ll read travel books, scope travel blogs, and even stalk my favorite influencers’ Instagram feeds. All of these sources help me figure out the key places to visit, delicious restaurants to eat at, and other notable things I shouldn’t miss out on.

Then it really comes down to scheduling. As I mentioned, you don’t want to overbook yourself with breakfast plans on one end of town, lunch on the other, and finally dinner plans back where you had breakfast. That would be crazy! Instead, I try to stick to one or two neighborhoods per day and ensure that they’re somewhat close by. I’ll also do extensive research on the best modes of transit around the city to figure out how exactly to reach my destinations.

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Hope this inspires you to get organized before your next big trip!

Scheduling Me Time

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It took me a while to really gain control over my schedule and understand exactly what I needed each week in order to feel recharged and fulfilled. I used to work out as the opportunity presented itself and paint my nails once I realized that they were far too chipped to make an appearance in public. Well, ok, maybe I wasn’t quite that bad, but you get the point.

Now, I pride myself on my planning abilities. On Sunday nights, I like to think about the coming week at a glance and roughly map it out. During this time, I’ll decide when I’m going to work out, grocery shop, grab drinks with a friend, wash my hair, etc. As I do so, I also try to remember how important it is to add in some spontaneity every now and again. DSC00321 DSC00312

Something I don’t budge on, however, is setting aside Sunday afternoons for me. While Saturday may be a whirlwind filled with brunch, yoga, errands, hikes, laundry, etc., I reserve Sundays for more relaxing to-do’s like getting a manicure, using a new face mask, and catching up on my tv shows. By spending the latter part of Sundays in this way, I feel like I got all that I needed out of my weekend before Monday rolls around.

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My New Morning Routine

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I’m super excited to report that I have a new morning routine that has seriously changed my life. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic but let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I bought these wall hooks from Anthropologie because I thought they were too pretty to pass on. When I first purchased them, I knew that I would find a use for them but it wasn’t immediately clear just what that use was. I thought about hanging them in the bathroom to hold towels, or maybe even in the kitchen to hold oven mitts. Eventually, I landed on my closet and could not be more pleased with that decision.

I have always loved to plan my outfits in advance, but don’t love that then you just have a pile of clothes in your closet waiting for you. Luckily, these hooks have saved the day. Now, I can set out my outfit in advance but hang all of the items right onto the hooks. I hang everything from my jeans to my bra to my jewelry right on the hook, so when it comes time to get dressed, it’s all right there waiting for me.
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So far, I am absolutely loving my new routine and would highly recommend it!

Tricks of the Trade: Emergency Kit

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Back in my party planing days, I was trained how to make emergency kits for the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and all wedding guests. Each kit was different but the overarching theme prevailed–you never know what might happen so it’s always best to be as prepared as you can be.

I remember going home the very night I was first trained and creating my very own emergency kit to keep in my purse. While my favorite products and cute tote to sport them in has evolved over the years, my love for emergency kits has never wavered.

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Here’s what I keep in my emergency kit (from top left to bottom right):

  • Cover up
  • Advil
  • Sewing kit
  • Tweezers
  • Bandaids
  • Chapstick
  • Hand lotion
  • Neosporin

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