Having a weekly reset has seriously changed my life. I have spent years trying to get more and more organized. And though I don’t feel like I’m quite there yet, I’m 100% improving.
1. Bathe with intention of letting go of what is not currently servicing you
For the last like 8 months, this is exclusively letting go of things I cannot control and being harsh with myself (The belief that I am not enough). This is different for everyone however.
Here are a few things to consider:
Sometimes what we need to “get rid of” is pretty literal. As humans we tend to develop attachments to things that are no longer needed, because “What if I need it someday?”
Our external environment is a pretty good indicator of our internal world. If our space is filled with clutter, then so is our mind.
Sometimes letting go of certain objects can be symbolic as well. An object can represent who we used to be, a person who was important to us, a time that was easier.
Of course, I’m not telling you to let go of something that holds sentimental value. If it does something for you, keep it. If not, it’s time to let it go.
This may be pondering some pretty toxic relationships in life and what needs to happen to either improve them, or move on from them.
It’s time to dig deep and identify some of those “I am” statements. Core beliefs we’ve learned about ourselves over the years. “I am unworthy” or “I am a failure”. “I am unsafe or weak”. There are tons of negative beliefs we have about ourselves, and they are not always obvious.
I am great at finding distractions, and I know I’m not the only one. I will find some project to work on, something I need to go buy right now, some tv show to get completely lost in.
The beginning part of the weekly reset is identifying one of these aspects that we may benefit from letting go of, grab a hot bath, and set the intention of letting go.
2. Brain Dump
Not that some of our distractions are not clogging up our mind, it’s time to write a brain dumb of all the things we need to do, prepare for, or is taking up space in our head.
There are tons of blog posts and youtube videos on brain dumps, so I’m not going to go too far into them here.
3. Organize to-do’s into prioritized categories (house care, work, spirituality, life admin, plan for clients, etc).
For me this is taking information from my brain dumb, notion, emails, and notes on my phone. I have little notes in a few different places, depending on where I am when I make the notes.
One thing that has helped me to stay organized is eliminating having random notes written down in 5 different notebooks scattered throughout my house and car.
Muchelleb has a lot of great youtube videos about getting organized, self care, and is how I first heard of the notion app. She’s wonderful.
Sounds obvious, but when you have ADD, staying organized is super hard. Instead I take all my notes in my phone or in my notion app. (unless it’s for work, but I do have a SPECIFIC notebook only for that).
Anyway, whatever your system is, this is the time to categorize things into different categories of life or priority (or both). Whichever is most helpful for you.
I have my lists categorized in notion, where you can easily drag items up and down to prioritize them. This is also the point in which I mark completed items as done, so they aren’t cluttering up my lists.
4. Plan out your week (planner, notion, white boards, etc).
I’m not great at keeping my white board up to date, not going to lie. Working on it.
From my massive to do list, I take a look at all the items that must be done by a certain date, and put them in my planner.
I take a look at the days where my work load is lightest and figure out when I will have time to complete certain tasks, when I have time to work out, or clean, etc.
5. Financial Plan
Another area in which I need to improve. I for sure need a better financial plan (leave a comment below with your favorite financial planning methods/resources).
But I do at the very least note how much money I need in my “bills” account, and how much I can spend.
6. Review what worked and didn’t work for the prior week, tweek what you need to
I feel that this is an area that is never ending, not just for organizing the week, but for life in general. The way to be most effective (which will free up a lot of time for us to complete what we actually want to spend time on) is to continue to analyze how things are going, and what could be done better.
This is an essential part to any weekly reset.
7. Organize my office/other areas of import
Nothing like starting the week off with a clean space. As I said earlier, the more cluttered our space is, the more frazzled we are.
8. Plan workouts/reading/self-care time
I already talked a bit about how I determine which days I will have time to work out (Though sometimes I struggle with follow through).
Regardless having me time chunked out on the schedule is important. It may be helpful to also have a list of “self care” activities that you like to engage in, but don’t always find the time for.
I find that I am likely to waste my “me time” on a tv show (which is sometimes helpful) or IG, rather than on the things I want to spend me time on (painting, reading, journaling, going for a walk, etc).
Sometimes it’s hard to force ourselves to do this, because when we’ve been so busy our mind goes to what is most familiar.
9. Gratitude List
This could be done specifically only your weekly reset, or it could be a daily practice.
I want to emphasize that being grateful doesn’t mean we cannot have negative emotions. This is a time to specifically notice the good in life.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when we sit in our feels. Don’t fall into the toxic positivity mindset.
Engage in some self care today! A weekly reset can feel like A LOT. Especially when you aren’t used to it. It takes a lot of time to get organized, and that can feel super overwhelming.
Do what you can now (don’t forget there IS a portion when you analyze what you want to improve on). If things aren’t perfect this week, okay, cool. Let’s look at it again next week.
Now go have some fun and do something you enjoy.