A weekly reset routine is an essential step in having a productive week. A weekly reset helps you to stay organized and feel in control of your week.
In this post, I’ll discuss my own routine and give you a weekly reset checklist so you can perfect your weekly reset routine.
What Is A Weekly Reset?
A weekly reset routine is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a routine, or set of activities that you perform on a weekly basis to reset and prepare for the upcoming week.
It’s also often referred to as a Sunday reset routine. For most people, Sunday is the natural day to reset and plan for the week ahead as it tends to be a slower day with minimal commitments or interruptions compared to other days of the week.
Most people don’t go to work, and are normally at home on Sundays.
Your weekly reset routine doesn’t actually have to be on a Sunday. In fact it also doesn’t all have to be done on the same day.
For my current season in life, I’ve found it easier to split my reset routine into 3 different time slots. I do parts of my weekly reset routine on Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday evening. This is the methos that works best for me, and I invite you to revise your routine until you find what works for you and your family.
Splitting my weekly reset routine helps me because I don’t have a huge 4 hour time block to commit to every single week. If I tried to do it all at once, I would disrupt other very important areas of my life. I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for me. Secondly, I feel way less overwhelmed when I split it up. Doing it all at once often feels quite stressful and can lead to procrastination.
I’ll detail my specific weekly reset routine in my weekly reset checklist printable.
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Why Is A Weekly Reset Routine Important?
A weekly reset routine is important because it helps you stay organized and prepare for the upcoming week. It can also help reduce stress and provide clarity.
By taking some time each week to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in the past week and plan out tasks for the upcoming week, you can stay on top of your goals and feel more energized to take action.
In addition, having a weekly reset routine helps you make better use of your time. It reduces decision fatigue by allowing you to plan ahead of time and prioritize tasks to make sure that what is important gets done first. This can help you to have peace of mind.
A weekly reset will also help you gain time during the week.
What to do during your Reset Routine
Now that we’ve discussed why having a weekly reset routine is important, as well as when to do it, let’s talk about what tasks should be included in your weekly reset routine.
My personal weekly reset routine includes 4 different sections: reflecting on the past week, preparing for the upcoming week, scheduling time for specific tasks and setting goals for the upcoming week.
For each of these sections I have specific tasks that I do each week. Some of these include:
- Reflecting on the past week: writing a weekly review, reflecting on any wins/lessons learned
- Preparing for the upcoming week: setting up my weekly plan, updating my calendar and task list, cleaning, groceries, meal planning & prep.
- Scheduling time for specific tasks: scheduling time for self-care and creating a to do list
- Setting goals for the upcoming week: writing weekly goals and setting intentions
The tasks you include in your weekly reset will depend on your own goals and lifestyle. However, there are a few key activities that you can consider including:
Reflect on what you have accomplished in the past week
It’s always a good idea to end each week with reflection. This helps you to take a step back, to figure out what worked well and what didn’t go well. It also gives you the opportunity to decide if there’s anything you would like to change moving forward. Reflection is an important first step when it comes to planning ahead.
Use theseJournal prompts for self reflection to get you started with your reflection.
Review your goals and your to do lists
Reviewing your goals often is a great habit to build.
The key to reaching your goals lies in your ability to make daily choices that are consistent with your goal over and over again. By reviewing your goals on a weekly basis, are able to keep track of your progress and stay motivated to continue working towards it.
Plan out the upcoming week’s schedule
Planning your week ahead of time is key in order to make sure that important tasks are completed on time. It also helps with organization and reducing stress, since you have a plan for what needs to be done.
Prioritize tasks and projects
Not only do you need to determine what you would like to accomplish the following week, you should also be prioritizing tasks by order of importance. Doing this can help you focus on tasks that are most important, and make sure you don’t get sidetracked by other requests or tasks.
Set aside time for self-care
We all need to take some time to relax and reset during the week. Even if all you can carve out is 30 minutes, schedule in that time for self care.
This could be scheduling a yoga class, taking a walk in nature, reading a book, or having a nice bath. The goal is simply to do something- anything that allows you to focus on yourself.
A self care practice can help you start the new week feeling more refreshed and energized.
Clean and organize your space
This is definitely not a fun part of the reset routine, but needs to be done. Starting your week with a clean and organized space will help you feel more productive and energized.
A clean environment can help you free up mental energy, and allows you to focus on what is important, instead of being distracted by all the clutter that surrounds you.
Create a shopping list for the week
Creating a shopping list during your weekly reset is important to remember all the items you need for the upcoming week. This can help you save time and money, since you won’t be randomly running out to the store or ordering something online because you forgot it.
Meal prep for the following week
Cooking every single day can be exhausting especially when your balancing work, family life and other commitments.
I like to have 2-3 meals that we can eat on repeat throughout the week, so I meal prep during the weekend.
I recommend doing the same. Whenever you want to eat something different, you can always make a quick meal during the week.
Meal prepping for the week ahead can help save a lot of time, and lighten the load during your busy days. I’ve also found meal prepping to be a more cost effective approach to cooking.
Plan your meals for the week
If you’re not a fan of meal prepping, then you can try to simply create a meal plan for the week. Planning your meals ahead of time can make your life easier during the week. When you plan this in advance, you’ll know which ingredients you need and how much preparation needs to be don each day.
Laundry is one of those things that you seem to never catch up with no matter how much you do it. I’ve come to terms with it, but it doesn’t mean that we should let our laundry pile up indefinitely.
I like to start each new week with everyone’s laundry done and folded in their drawers.
This saves me a lot of time and sanity during the week, since I don’t have to go through piles of dirty clothes to find something for myself and kids to wear.
Set out clothes for the week
You may choose to pick out your clothes for the week ahead of time. This reduces all the extra time you spend in the morning trying to figure out what everyone should wear. It also ensures that you look presentable as you would have had time to plan each outfit instead of throwing things together last minute..
Your weekly reset should basically include anything you want to do at the end of the week to make the next week easier for you.
How to create your own weekly reset routine
- Step 1- Make a list of all tasks that you want to include in your weekly reset
- Step 2- Look at your weekly schedule and figure out where a weekly reset routine could fit into your schedule
- Step 3- Figure out what you can delegate and ask for help
- Step 4- Refine refine refine. Your weekly reset routine is not set in stone. If the first time you do your reset routine, it doesn’t work well, you can refine it for the next week. Don’t be afraid to keep making tweaks until you find a routine that works well for you and your family.
Having a weekly reset routine is essential for staying organized and productive. It allows you to start each new week with clarity, purpose, and intention. That being said, it’s important to find what works best for you and your family.
And if you need help getting started, we’ve got a free weekly reset checklist that can help you get started on creating your own weekly reset routine. Download yours here!
To help make it easier, I’ve created a free Weekly Reset Checklist so that you can create and perfect your own weekly reset routine. You can download the checklist for free here.
This checklist will help you keep track of what tasks to do and when, so that you can stay productive and organized each week.
As a special bonus, I’ll also be sharing my own weekly reset routine. Having this routine has helped me tremendously as a mom of 2, running a business with a full time job.
Start taking the time each week to reflect, plan, and organize for a productive and stress-free week!
Good luck with creating your weekly reset routine! And don’t forget to download the free weekly reset checklist if you need some extra guidance.
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