6 Tips For A Successful Work Week

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I understand this look would not work for every job, but I feel it’s really “me.” Being in marketing, I feel I can dress a little more creatively than certain occupations. I paired my leopard pants with neutrals, then added a pop of red. I made sure to wear some heels to dress it up. On a colder day, I would throw on a black blazer.

6 Tips For A Successful Work Week

1. Have fun with your work wardrobe:  I have said this before, but we work most of the week, so why not have fun with your work clothes? I have noticed when I dress in “boring” outfits vs. something I really like, my personality completely changes. I am so much more happy and bubbly when I am confident in my outfit.

2. Skip the snooze button: This is the hardest for me, but really recommend this. This seems like a common tip that I have read, too. Anytime I wake up on my first alarm instead of pressing snooze, I noticed I am more alert. It also is so much better for me to leisurely get ready in the morning instead of having to rush.  According to my hubby when you go back to sleep, you need 90 minutes to actually fall back in to a stage of sleep that you are able to make up refreshed from. Any less than 90 minutes, and you will be in a deeper stage of the sleep cycle that makes you feel more tired when you wake up. So even though you may want that extra 15 minutes of sleep, it’s likely to make you more tired than if you just get up as soon as you first wake up.  I am the first person to hit snooze 100 times in the morning, but I am working on this.

3. Start with a devotional: I am guilty of not doing this everyday, but when I do I feel like I am in such a better mood. I love Joyce Meyer’s devotionals! I feel like reading devotionals make me a better person because I am reminded to live out my day to glorify God. This helps me start my day with a smile and I believe that is contagious.

4. Start with a good breakfast: Any meal plan that I’ve ever read always recommends starting with a good breakfast. I always look forward to breakfast because it’s my splurge meal. I don’t eat a lot of starchy carbs throughout the day, so I love being able to have bread, a biscuit, a waffle or some oatmeal to start the day. I also always have to start with protein when I first wake up. I usually start with an egg or two. If I have time, I will cook them on the stove, but if not I crack an egg in a coffee mug and microwave it for 30-35 seconds. Starting with protein helps me not feel starving all day.

5. Pick your clothes out on Sunday: Every Sunday night before I go to bed, I pick out my full work week outfits. I usually pick out an extra just to give me some options. I pick everything down to the accessories. This saves me so much time in the morning.

6. Meal prep lunches: Everyday I try to bring my lunch. This helps me save money and keeps me from picking up fast food. I grocery shop on Sunday and make healthy lunches for the whole week. I love snack-style lunches because they’re easy to eat quickly.  I usually spend my lunch time doing a few things for my blog or Instagram. Some of my go-to lunches are: chicken salad with fruit and cheese; turkey wrapped with cheese and hummus to dip it in; or boiled eggs, cheese, fruit and nuts. I usually leave in room to bring leftovers one day.

What are some things you do to make your work week easier?

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  1. oneswainkycouple
    November 6, 2017 / 7:18 am

    These are awesome tips Courtney! We are both so guilty of hitting snooze! Definitely something we can work on.

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Thanks, Katherine! I love y’alls post today. It really is work in progress for us too. Today I some how woke up before my alarm. It’s a good sign for a good day 🙂

  2. November 6, 2017 / 8:24 am

    That is some great advice … I loved the one about the snooze button. I never press snooze. I really think these are great ideas for a good start to the day.

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Aw thank you. Yes it’s so hard to press, but I’m trying not to. I didn’t today so im off to a good start

  3. November 6, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Your wardrobe is beautiful! As a mom, my “work” wardrobe is a little different. Your tips are wonderful. I would love to start my mornings like that.

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Aw thank you so much <3 I wish I could start it like this everyday too.

  4. November 6, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Great tips!! I follow most of these already – especially #4! I am so cranky if I don’t have a well rounded breakfast 😂

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks, girl. OMG me too and my coffee.

  5. November 6, 2017 / 8:54 am

    You look so cute and these are great tips! A good breakfast is key for me, otherwise I’m sluggish all day!

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you, Cara! Me too. I am also hungry all day if I don’t do a good breakfast.

  6. November 6, 2017 / 9:04 am

    These are great tips…#3 re: devotional is really important! It’s difficult to do with kids, but oh so important!

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Melissa! It really does make the day better.

  7. November 6, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Love these tips, Courtney! The work week is so much easier when you start each morning right! And of course your outfit is so cute (as always)! Such a fun look for work!

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Taylor <3 Very true. I try to do these every week.

  8. babiestobookworms
    November 6, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Avoiding the snooze button is so hard for me in the winter especially! When the house is cold and the snow is falling and the bed is so comfy? I do agree though, I do better when I don’t fall for it!

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      OMG yes it really is hard. I have to sleep with my robe right next to me, so I can put it on immediately before I get out of bed.

  9. November 6, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Love these tips Courtney! I definitely love devotionals too but need a new one to start!

      • lifeofamedschoolwife
        November 6, 2017 / 10:34 pm

        I love Joyce Meyer she’s really good.

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Morgan! There are some really good ones out there.

  10. November 6, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    These are such great tips Court! I️ have to try the no snooze. That’s my hardest thing in the morning. I️ can literally hit it 3 or 4 times and still not get up 🙈

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 6, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      ME too hahah. My hubby gets so annoyed if he’s still home.

  11. November 7, 2017 / 5:37 am

    Hi Courtney, such a great post! Such a lovely outfit, the leopard pants are so cute! And the top is very nice indeed, love the sleeves. The pop of red does complete the outfit along with your beautifully styled hair. The purse adds a touch of chic to it all too. Having a cute outfit on definitely gives me more confidence and I am happier in general. I never hit the snooze myself, I sit up for a few minutes and then put that first foot on the floor and start the day! I do pray in the mornings, in the vehicle on the way to work, I pray for a lot of people including my wordpress sisters. I always make sure to have a good breakfast , and I lay out my clothes the night before, I have not got to your level of doing it for the week yet but it sounds good! Lunches are made the night before too, which makes it a faster leave time in the morning. Have a lovely day Dear, hugs, Terri xo.

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 8, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much for reading, Terri! <3 I love that you always pray. I pray at night and I need to always pray in the morning.

  12. Lindsey Puls
    November 7, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Awesome tips! And congratulations on 3 years! I really love this outfit – your sleeves are so cool. 🙂

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 8, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Lindsey.

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 8, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much

  13. Kelsey
    November 8, 2017 / 6:20 am

    I wore these exact pants to work yesterday- so cute!! Such great tips!

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      November 8, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Ahhh I love that. I bet they were super cute on you.

  14. November 29, 2017 / 3:17 am

    I used to hit snooze about 3 times a day but I’m really trying to get out of that habit !

    • lifeofamedschoolwife
      December 4, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      It’s so hard to not push snooze. I am getting better though! I have been sleeping with my phone far enough from the bed to where i have to step out to get it. This forces me to get out of bed and has helped.

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