I know what you are thinking – it’s the weekend, who wants to be thinking about work when there are other things that could be done like fishing or surfing or reading or gardening. But, while it is important to take time away from work and get some R&R, a little bit of weekend planning can really help your week run smoothly.
If you run your own business Monday to Friday, spending just one hour or two on a Sunday afternoon or evening can set you up for the following week. Here are some things you can do…
Review the previous week: Look at what has happened in your business during the week. What went well? What didn’t go so well? This can help you take stock of where your business is at and whether you are meeting your targets and goals for the month or year.
Plan the coming week for business: Check your diary and note any meetings or appointments or jobs you have booked for the following week. This will help you estimate how much time you may have free during the week to accept new work, work on other parts of your business like marketing or do something completely different like head to the gym.
Plan the coming week at home: If you run or help to run the household as well as a business, then planning your personal week can also help your business week. Think about planning a menu for the week to make grocery shopping and dinner times easier. Add any personal or family appointments you have to attend to your calendar to ensure you don’t get clashes.
Clear your inbox: If you have access to your business email inbox at home, spend some time on Sunday clearing out unnecessary emails and filing others away. That way on Monday you can see exactly what is new to deal with.
Get tidied up: Starting the week with a messy house or an untidy desk if you work from home can get you off on the wrong foot. Spend a bit of time on Sunday clearing the clutter and making sure you have everything you need for the coming week – plan a few work outfits if required and make sure you have any paperwork you need.
It might seem like a hassle to think about work on a Sunday but it will definitely get the week off to a better start. And if you do it for a while soon it will become a routine.