I don’t know about you, but I love days off.
I love being able to stay in my pajamas all day, in my house, where I can get all the things done that I want to do the other days of the week but often just don’t have time for.
I wanted to share with you some ways that I use my days off wisely as a “day of preparation” so I can set myself up for success for the rest of the week. Feel free to use some of these ideas!
1. Make a snack that you can eat throughout the week.
This week I made some pumpkin bread (3 loaves!) so that Fred and I have something to snack on in the evenings or afternoons. (Check out this awesome recipe!)
Having something like this around the house allows me to keep going when I am hungry, because I have something quick that I can grab and enjoy.
2. Make a large meal.
Today I decided to make a big lunch and dinner so that I can stock up leftovers for the rest of the week, making lunches an easy and fast part of my day, rather than a hassle. This saves time and drama throughout my week.
3. Put something in the freezer for later.
I love to stock up on things in the freezer that will make cooking dinner in the future easier. Today I cooked up a large batch of ground beef which I will use later for soups, spaghetti, tacos, chili, or shepherd’s pie. Having it all cooked at once allows making a ground beef dinner even faster and easier in the future.
I’m all about planning ahead so that my future self can reap the benefits. Now that it’s cooked, I can just take a chunk from the freezer and bam! I’ve just saved myself 15 minutes in a future meal cooking time.
4. Work on a fun hobby.
I love to make candles (which I also sell), and it has been something that has been on the back burner this semester due to my busy lifestyle which includes full-time work, but I had someone place an order, which gave me an excuse to work on something that I love to do.
Adding something fun that I like to do makes me feel like I am not just doing things I “should be doing” but also doing something that gives me joy.
I did all of these things today in about 3 hours, and I feel way more organized and ready to take on another busy week.
Give some of these things a try next time you have a day off. You just might love having your own day of preparation!
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