Sunday is traditionally a day of rest and like most of us, I find on Sundays that I end working just as hard on house chores or things that I couldn’t get done during the week. One of the things I do is try to get a pulse for what is coming up in the upcoming week.
I check my calendars, reflect about what projects (if any) are hitting their deadlines, who do I need to contact to get things done, etc. I make a list of chores that have to be done and any pre-planning. An example of pre-planning is making a tickler in Outlook or a memo somewhere that quarterly taxes will be coming due and I have to write checks for the Fed and State of California. I often talk about the importance of making quarterly tax payments and if you haven’t heard enough from me on the subject before, consider this your reminder. Don’t forget quarterly taxes are due Sept 15 for the Fed and if you live in a state that has state income taxes, you will need to mail in a payment before that date as well to avoid possible penalties.
Fall is usually birthday and anniversary city for me. I have to start earmarking savings for birthday presents for my mother (Happy Birthday Mom!), wife (Happy Birthday Sharren) and daughter (Happy Birthday Arianna). Sure, you don’t have to spend money to have a fun and profitable birthday but even if I were to prepare meals at home for the birthday people I still need to buy groceries.
If you are planning any trips, make sure your out of town resources like hotels and transportation are in place with reservations and tickets. It doesn’t hurt to confirm them once before leaving. Weather changes may influence travel.
If people are coming into town, plan your time accordingly and make sure that you schedule rest time for yourself.
If you are teaching and resuming school or starting up, try and get some extra lesson plans finished in advance to give yourself some breathing space.
Interested in more suggestions? Please let me know. Otherwise I am going to actually try and REST this Sunday!
You are reading Kim Greenblatt’s blog entitled, profitable. Use your Sunday for Rest and Planning for the Week.