The horror of Mondays lies in the horrible switch from your weekend of total freedom to the rigid order of the workweek.
What if you could prepare for a productive week…on Sunday!
Instead of spending your Sunday worrying about the week, use it productively.
To ensure that you are ready for the week, do some simple tasks ahead of time.
You will have a more enjoyable week if you are prepared for Monday and the week ahead.
This means you’ll be less stressed!
Let’s take a look at some;-
Of course, you don’t need to try them all at once. Start by adding some Sunday preparations to your weekend routine and seeing how it goes.
It might surprise you how stress-free your week can feel!
- Refrain from allowing yourself to fall asleep on a Sunday afternoon!
It may seem like a smart idea to catch up on some sleep but you’ll regret this decision later.
These are three reasons to consider:
- It will feel like the day flew by too quickly. The day will be too short to truly enjoy it.
- It will be more difficult to fall asleep Sunday night. This will make you more tired and cranky Monday morning.
- You will never get anything done. You won’t get anything done Monday morning!
You should make sure that you have enough time to prepare for the week ahead. But, you should also have the time to relax.
- Change your attitude
Negativity makes everything worse
Choose to be more positive. It’s possible to choose to be more positive.
It’s a blessing to have a job and to be physically fit to work.
This privilege is not available to everyone.
Spending Sunday in a bad mood is just a way to hurt yourself.
What should I do to prepare for Sunday’s week ahead?
1. Meal plan
You should take 5-10 minutes to determine what meals you would like to eat for the week.
To see what meals you can create with what you have, check your pantry, freezer, and fridge.
Check out your store’s sales flyer for ideas on dinner. Ask your family members what they would like to eat for dinner this week.
It’s easy to create a weekly menu if you keep track of your favorite meals.
Once you have a clear idea of what you would like to eat, you can start to create a shopping list.
You can do a quick grocery shopping or place an order for pick up. Shipt allows you to have your groceries delivered by someone else.
After you have all your groceries, prepare some meals.
This means that you can hard boil a lot of eggs to make healthy snacks. You can also cook several chicken breasts in a Crockpot or Oven. The cooked meat will be ready for you to use in a variety of dinners.
3. Check your Calendar
Knowing what to expect is an important part of being prepared for the week.
To see the appointments you have set up, take a look at what is on your calendar.
Keep track of any special occasions or birthdays for which you might need cards or gifts.
Talk to your partner or spouse to find out what’s going on.
Take note of any of your kids’ activities that involve you. Also, try to see if they’re unexpected activities that might arise that might need your participation. You can do this by asking everyone to generally inform you of their schedules as well.
4. Do a Brain Dump
Write down all the thoughts and ideas you have in a few moments.
You won’t find peace if your head feels like it is swimming or drowning in to-dos.
You can just write it all down, without any order or agenda.
This will allow you to prioritize the tasks so you can incorporate them into your schedule.
You’ll sleep so much better!
5. Plan Your Outfits
There is nothing that can slow you down and make you more cranky in the morning than taking 15 minutes to choose your outfit.
Spend some time on Sunday to decide what to wear every day.
Do the same thing for your children. This will ensure that everyone has clean clothes and is ready to go.
Take a divider and place an outfit in each slot.
Make sure you check the weather forecast for the week and include any extras like workout clothes, if necessary.
This way, you don’t have to think about it every morning.
6. Make Your Weekdays fun
You deserve productive starts to your weekdays.
No one said the weekend was the only time you could have fun.
Find something to do Monday through Friday.
Meet a friend or arrange a date night.
Take up a new fitness class or book a manicure. You’ll look forward to it.
The week is already looking much better, doesn’t it?
7. Tidy up
It is so frustrating to wake up in a messy home.
Take some time to relax on Sunday.
Here are some suggestions:
- Put away clean laundry
- Get rid of all receipts from your purse
- Make sure to do the dishes
- All trash must be disposed of.
- Make sure to change the sheets and make your bed
- Write down a weekly cleaning plan for the week
If you have the time, you can clean your entire house.
However, I prefer to clean the house daily and do some small chores each day. This way, I don’t have to spend all day cleaning.
8. Do you have a budget?
Check your bank account. To make sure that you aren’t spending too much, check your balance.
You can adjust your spending for the week if you already have.
You can set up a reminder on your phone or calendar to remind you to pay any bills due this week.
Credit Karma is a great tool to see your credit score. It’s completely free! You can check it once per month.
This way, I can be sure that nothing has been fraudulent and that all of my account balances are correct.
You have worked hard every morning, getting ready for work during the week.
Take some time for yourself to relax.
Here are some suggestions:
- A Sunday night routine of self-care (such as a spa night)
- Light your favorite candle, and then read a book or magazine.
- Keep a journal.
- Take a walk to get some fresh air.
- Chat with a friend on Skype or a simple phone call
- Enjoy a movie or game night with the family
No matter what you do, don’t use social media on Sunday night. It can be discouraging and a waste of time.
Either you’ll be depressed by everyone’s grumblings about the weekend’s end, or you’ll feel jealous of your 6th-grade friend’s fun in Hawaii. (Again.)
Spend Sunday evening focusing on what you love. You can then check what others are doing the following day.
10. Get to bed at a comfortable time
A well-rested body is one of the best feelings as you prepare for the week ahead.
Do yourself a huge favor and get to bed early.
You will probably feel tired after such a productive Sunday.
There are many ways you can prepare for a productive Sunday.
This article will allow you to just get out of bed Monday morning knowing that you have set yourself up for success.
If all of this seems overwhelming, pick one and give it a try.
It is better to take action than not do anything at all! These Sunday prep ideas are sure to inspire you. They make Mondays a little more enjoyable!