Taking Back Your Weeknights
Prepare Your Meals in Advance
When I first moved out of my parents house I was living one meal to the next. I was either getting take-out or going to the grocery store to buy food for just one meal like any good millennial. After awhile, I realized I was wasting a lot of time and money when I didn't plan out my meals accordingly. Nowadays, I have my whole lunch/dinner schedule planned in advance.
On Sundays, I prepare one giant meal that lasts me Monday through Friday. I usually try to make something using my crockpot so there is limited cleanup and prep. Then I separate the meal into five Tupperware containers for dinner throughout the week. This way the only cleanup that has to be done at the end of the week is your Tupperware and utensils.
For my lunches I try to find foods that I enjoy eating and are able to keep in a Ziplock bag in the fridge for at least five days. That's why I stay away from sandwiches or salads that could get soggy or wilt. Good choices for these type of lunches are chicken, tuna combinations, or soup.
Setting up automation to work with you is one of the most powerful tools to save time during the week. Try to think of the easy things that take minutes out of your day that you do everyday. For example, instead of making coffee each day in the morning, set it up on a timer and just fill it with grounds the night before. I use an automatic feeder for my dog just to make sure he always has food and water when I have to work late. Setting up automation for your everyday tasks can save a lot of time in the long run.
Plan Your Wardrobe in Advance
Planning out your outfits for the week can save a lot of time in the morning and the night before. Usually I like to check what the weather is going to be like for the week then I plan accordingly. Once I have my clothes picked out I make sure they are all ironed so they're ready to wear when I wake up. Planning out accessories is important too; so don't forget those belts, watches, and hats. Packing gym clothes a week in advance makes going to the gym a little less troublesome.