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Article By: Kiri Rowan
For many of us, Sunday is a day of relaxation. You get to sleep in, slowly sip your coffee in bed, stay in your pajamas all day and curl up with your favorite book. Unfortunately, Sunday also marks the end of your carefree weekend, and come Monday morning you’ll be back at work stressing about the week ahead. While it’s easy to resent Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t need to be a time of stress. If you take some time out of your relaxing Sunday to get prepared for the week ahead, you’ll return to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes your way.
1. Create A To-do List
While this is probably one of the most recommended ways to get your life organized, it’s genuinely one of the most helpful! By writing down everything you need to get accomplished during the upcoming week, you’ll be able to better plan each day and won’t be surprised by any deadlines.
Is your to-do list too long? Sometimes setting everything out on paper can remind you how much you have on your plate and can be very overwhelming. If you have an urgent deadline coming up, make sure you schedule a time to finish that project first – even if it means pushing off other tasks. For items without a deadline, create a realistic timeline for yourself and schedule accordingly. Once you’ve figured out which items are most important, make a note of which days you’ll complete each task.
3. Go Grocery Shopping
Waking up for work on Monday morning is even worse if you’re rummaging through your refrigerator only to find that there’s nothing to eat. When you aren’t prepared, you’ll grab breakfast on the go and spend much more money than you would if you cooked food at home. The same goes for coffee. While you may be attached to your $5 latte, that money adds up over time. It is most likely one of the 20 Things You’re Spending Too Much Money on. By going grocery shopping at the beginning of each week, you can be sure that you have enough at home and won’t need to spend that extra money out.
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5. Declutter Your Surroundings
Is your purse filled with crumpled receipts of the previous week? Do you have spare change laying all over the house? Take some time on Sunday afternoon to organize everything so you can start your week with a clean slate.
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4. Meal Prep
Having ingredients in the house doesn’t help much if you’re too busy during the week to cook. By preparing leisurely breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on Sunday, you’ll be able to grab and go throughout the week. Whip up something simple and stick it in the freezer to eat later.
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6. Do Laundry
While a clean home helps promote relaxation and productivity, so do clean sheets and clothes. You don’t want to be rushing to a critical 9 AM meeting only to realize that your best pants are crumpled at the bottom of a hamper! By doing laundry at the beginning of the week, you can plan out your outfits for the entire week in advance.
7. Clear Out Your Inbox
Raise your hand if a big chunk of your Monday morning goes to clearing out your email. Yeah, me too. I guarantee there are at least a couple of email lists you can unsubscribe from! Try to get rid of all email advertisements – they clutter your inbox, waste your time, and tempt you into spending money you shouldn’t be spending!
8. Get Outdoors!
Exercise is an essential part of maintaining your health, both physically and mentally. If you’re feeling stressed about the upcoming week, taking a jog in a nearby park or going on a quick hike can help release some of that stress.
9. Take a Look at Your Budget
Sunday is a great day to review your finances. Do you have dinner with friends planned this week? What about drinks with coworkers? Were you thinking of buying a new outfit for work? By taking a look at your budget and knowing how much money you have to spend this week, you’ll avoid impulsive purchases. If you have not yet created a personalized budget, you need to do so asap!
10. Get Enough Sleep
You may dread Mondays so much that you stay up late on Sundays in the hopes of extending your weekend just a little longer. While this can be tempting, it’s important to give yourself a proper night of sleep before tackling Monday! When you wake up after a good night of sleep, you’ll feel more relaxed and refreshed and ready to face the day.
11. Enjoy Your Time Off
It may seem like getting prepared for the week ahead takes precious time out of your relaxing weekend. While you shouldn’t spend your entire Sunday getting ready for the week, taking a couple of hours out of your afternoon to get organized will do wonders. Afterward, you’re free to spend the rest of your day the way you desire. Watching reruns of your favorite television shows, lounging in a bubble bath or enjoying a picnic in the park.
If you’re used to spending your Sundays relaxing in bed without a care in the world, it can be difficult to convince yourself to do laundry, meal plan, and clean your house all in the same day! Depending on your schedule, you can spread these tasks out over your whole weekend instead. Or choose to incorporate a few of them into your Sunday routine. The most important thing is finding out what works for you. What you can do to make your work week more manageable. It’s simpler than you think.
What is your favorite thing to do on Sunday? Comment Below!