4 Things You Can Do For A More Productive Week

Mondays symbolize another weekend come and gone, often everyone’s least favorite day of the week. But since I tend to “start” my weeks on Sundays, I have to say Mondays aren’t all that bad. While I’d much rather spend my Sunday brunching or curled up in bed watching Netflix (which is totally acceptable sometimes), setting myself up for a successful week really begins on Sunday morning. Anything I can do to cut time down in the mornings before work is super helpful. Here’s a few tips I use to get myself prepared for the week ahead.


Meal prep

Yes, it’s cliché but the saying “fail to plan, plan to fail” is very true if you have goals of eating healthily throughout your week. I usually plan what meals I’m going to make that week for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners, make a grocery list and pick up everything I’ll need at the store. Then, I’ll spend about 2-3 hours prepping what I can. It can definitely be time-consuming,  but I feel so much better going into Monday with a layout of healthy meals for the week to get back on track after a sometimes overindulgent weekend.

Schedule your workouts

I like to plan at least most of my workouts for the week on Sundays and write them in my planner, that way I have a big picture overview of what my workout schedule will look like. If I’ve scheduled a class and written it down, it’s very unlikely that I’ll forget or skip it – it’s kind of like making an appointment with myself. I can also make sure I’m getting in a good mix of cardio and strength training if I plan it accordingly.

Pack your gym bag

While I would like to say I’m perfect and always plan my workouts for the week, sometimes I forget or just get lazy. But by packing a gym outfit and sneakers on Sunday night and throwing it in my car, I know I’m prepared to jump into a class after work or get a quick session in at my gym without having to go all the way home first.

Go through your closet

This obviously isn’t something you need to do every Sunday, but I always feel good after I’ve gone through clothes and pulled out things I don’t want or need anymore. I like to keep my closet seasonal, too, keeping a bin of all clothes and shoes I won’t need for a few months in the back of my closet, because who really needs three pairs of winter boots taking up valuable closet space during July? With the cooler weather just around the corner, I spent some time replacing my summery tops and sundresses with all of my fall essentials. This way it’s much easier to pick out an outfit for work or going out without having to throw all of your clothes aimlessly around your room to find something to wear.

What other tips do you use to get yourself ready for a successful week?

Have a happy Monday!

A Little Motivation For Your Monday Blues

Happy Monday! Going to be honest for a sec – I get real upset when the weekend ends. Like I’m talking a serious case of the Sunday Sads. I dread Mondays like the plague (workin on it, y’all). You’d think it gets easier after a year in the “real world” but, like, not really. College was pretty much a 4-year-long-weekend-party-fest with the occasional ‘chill’ night in (drinking two bottles of wine in your pajamas and proceeding to the Chick-fil-A drive through at midnight) and then you’re thrown into working, paying bills, going to the gym and attempting to maintain a social life and proper sleep schedule. #Adulting. ANYWAYS, Mondays are tough, but they just make the weekends that much sweeter.

I had a pretty good weekend – lazy Friday night, first Cyc fitness class and pool day Saturday followed by a sushi & drinks double date, then, per usual, attempting to be a real person on Sunday. I did just want to touch on something I’ve been thinking about after I saw an Instagram post from Donna (FORME Studios) (PS – if you haven’t tried one of her classes yet, sign up now – they’re amazing) about how much we, as women compare our bodies to other women’s bodies, because I was totally guilty of this this weekend at the pool.


I was just trying to enjoy a pool day with my boyfriend and before I know it, the thoughts just roll in – “no matter how healthy I eat, I’ll never look like her”. I totally related to this Instagram post because I’ve always had this mentality that once I get to my “ideal body”, that light switch is going to come on and I’m just going to be this confident, content, glowing person because I suddenly have a flat stomach and a thigh gap. THIS IS SO FALSE! Being honest with myself, I know that I would just find something else to obsess over. Let’s face it, there is always going to be that girl who is skinnier than you, has a nicer butt or bigger boobs – so why waste your time comparing yourself to them? I say this for you just as much as for myself, because it’s totally easier said than done.

For those of you who do this bullshit like me, let’s set a goal for ourselves this week to stop comparing ourselves to other women and start focusing on the things we do like about ourselves. I may not be close to where I’d like my body to be, but I’m planning and meal prepping all of my meals almost every Sunday, eating healthy meals 85% of the time & working out at least 4-5 times a week. Is it as far as I can take it? Prob not, but I’m still taking steps to be a healthier, fitter and stronger version of myself, and I think that’s something to be pretty damn proud of.

It’s the start of a new week, and a new chance to get after your goals, so I’m setting a few mini-goals this week to push myself a little further.

1. Work out 6 days this week

2. Wake up and sweat for 30 minutes 3 times this week (doing it in the morning is key even though I’ve totally fallen off this wagon)

3. Potty break squats – 10 squats every time you use the restroom at work, who’s doing these with me?!

What goals are you setting for yourself this week?