Sunday is such an overlooked day, but it can be a game-changer when it comes to creating a peaceful and productive week. Create a Sunday routine that suits your lifestyle and will help you to relax, feel rejuvenated, and prepare for the upcoming week.
- Meal Plan and Grocery Shop for the Upcoming Week. Making meal planning one of your Sunday habits will be one of the biggest time-saving tasks you could do. It means you don’t have to think about what you’re going to make for dinner each night, you can look to the week ahead and plan for any nights you’re going to be late, or have other commitments, and you can even plan for cooking double batches so you can freeze and store meals in advance. While you’re meal planning, be sure to write out your shopping list so you can grab your groceries for the week.
- Outline Important Tasks for the Week. Outlining and making specific notes of the important tasks you have coming up for the week can help you keep focused on getting the most important things done first. You can go one step further and create a grading system that orders the importance of your tasks from 1 – 4, with 1 being the absolute most important thing that needs to get done, and 4 being more of an ‘if you have time’ task.
- Make Last Week’s Missed Tasks Top Priority. It’s not often that every little thing we plan for happens in our week, so taking the time to look over the previous week in your calendar or planner can help you spot anything you may have missed, and give you a chance to add it to the upcoming week. It is great time to pick up on those things that you say ‘oh, I’ll get to that another day’ and then you forget about them altogether.
- Prepare Your Weekly Planner for the Following Week. Taking some time on a Sunday to prepare your planner for the upcoming week helps you keep on top of things and can help you avoid missing things that can easily go under the radar. Preparing for your week can be the difference between a great week, and one where you’re always feeling like you’re behind.
- Get Some Fresh Air. Spending time outdoors is always a great way to center yourself and give you a boost of energy, not to mention the huge physical and mental health benefits it has too. Plan to spend some of your Sunday outdoors, whether it’s while you drink your coffee in the morning, heading out for lunch with friends, or even a walk in the fresh air. Take the kids to the park, or get out in your backyard, and let them run around in the fresh air too! It’s good for everyone.
- Spend Quality Time With Friends/Family. Sundays are the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with friends or family. Our weeks can get so busy and so chaotic that it’s easy to overlook time for family or friends and before you know it, weeks go by without a proper catch-up. Have a get together or plan to meet for a meal. Whether it’s inviting friends over for a Sunday barbeque or meeting up at the local part, reconnecting will help boost your upcoming week.
Prepare For Your Monday Morning
What can you do today that will help make your Monday morning easier? Can you get your breakfast ready (did you meal prep) put your clothes out ready (did you get your outfits ready for the week) do you need to fuel up your car or recharge your laptop battery? Think about other things not on this list that you can do to make your upcoming work week seem less overwhelming.
The key is to be relaxed and ready on Monday morning. So try a few of the items above or make a list of your own, You’ll be glad you did!