3 Steps to a Smoother Week

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I’m in the middle of a busy season.  A special project that I have been working on for my employer is coming to an important point.

On Monday and Tuesday we have a pre-audit of sorts.  My employer is in Oregon and I am in Wyoming. My part of the pre-audit is substantial and I anticipate spending all day on Monday (until late into the evening) and most of the day on Tuesday either on the phone or the computer (or both at the same time).  This will be a huge hurdle to get over once this pre-audit is completed. Then we’ll know where we stand for the ‘official’ audit. That will most likely happen in 3-4 months. I’ll need to go back to Oregon for the on-site part of that audit. I’m excited about that prospect since my oldest girl is living in Oregon again.

Wednesday will be devoted to my home business in order to get done everything needed to meet my obligations for the week.

Thursday I go into town for my home business and also to do our personal errands. Thursday afternoon I need to do all of the preparations needed to be gone for a long weekend.

Friday we are leaving home early to go up to Joe’s parent’s house for the weekend. We’re actually going to stop at the hot springs for a swim on the way which should be very fun.  The hard work early in the week will be a distant memory after a soak in the hot springs and the steam room.

In order to get a jump start on the week we did as much as possible on Sunday. These are things that have proven to be extremely beneficial in the past when I’ve worked outside the home. While it does take a chunk of time to do these things, it makes the week go so much smoother.

Clean the house

We usually set aside an hour for this. With 2 adults, 2 teens and a toddler (who is, of course, very helpful ;- )) we can get quite a bit done in one hour.

Plan the meals

Meal planning always makes my week go smoother.  I love knowing exactly what we are having on which night. I don’t usually plan breakfasts or lunches but if I’m feeling particularly short on time I will.  Easy is the motto for busy weeks.  The crock pot is my friend as are simple dishes. 


Prepare the basics

I like to ahead of time things I know we’ll need. This usually includes making a couple of loaves of bread, mayonnaise, yogurt, ferments and anything specific to my meal plan that can be made ahead. 

A few hours doing these things on Sunday afternoon really does make for a smoother week.

What have you found that best helps you with a busy week?


Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at MillieCopper.com.


  1. Laurie

    You are amazing! Thanks for sharing how you keep your busy life going and organized. Hope you don’t run into any glitches AND have a great time next weekend!

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      Thanks Laurie!

      I am pleased that the ‘work’ part of day one is mostly complete. I had a scare this morning when the internet and phone went out for over an hour! Never a good thing since all of my work is done electronically.
      Dinner is in the crock pot, rice is in the cooker and shortly I’ll make a quick salad which means dinner is essentially ready. 🙂 That alone makes me extremely happy.

  2. Starlene

    A few years ago when I had energy to apply toward housework, my son was helping me and it was amazing how much we could get done in just twenty minutes. I was doing Fly Lady routines and on Sunday we did the “house blessing” for 20 minutes and after a couple of weeks we had those few little chores completed quickly and were able to move on and incorporate more small chores into that short amount of time. It really helps when there are more hands doing the work. It sounds like you have a busy week ahead of you and the hot springs sounds very therapeutic and relaxing. It sounds like you will have a great week though since you have prepared ahead. I feel like my work days are always so hectic and I should probably cook all the meals one weekend day or plan to use the crock pot on those days to make my week go more smoothly. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Hi Starlene,

      “Many hands make light work” is a saying I love. The house looked really good when I got up this morning. Such a nice thing to wake up too. Of course, after a three year old had his fun it could use a little attention. 🙂

  3. Erin Darling

    “Clean the house?” Bahahahahahahaa! Oh, you wild, impetuous thing you. 😀 Even though it’s just the two of us, I’m pretty convinced there might be a family of 12 secretly living in our basement.

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