When the weekend gets here, most of us like to sit back and relax or go out and adventure. I think you should make time for both! Weekends are a great time to enjoy life, but they’re also a great time to look ahead at how you can make your next week less stressful.
Sundays are some of my favorite days for me. I get to go to church, get refreshed, spend time with my husband, and plan for my week ahead. I love having Sundays as my main day to look at my week ahead and to intentionally prepare for what may be on schedule for the week.Sundays are the perfect days to take time to prepare for your week ahead! Click To Tweet
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t have a plan going into the week, I get stressed out and overwhelmed easily, never mind the fact that it’s hard for me to find any productivity in that case. It’s essential for me to take just an hour or two out of my sweet Sunday to prepare for whatever the week ahead holds.
7 PRACTICES TO DO ON A SUNDAY FOR AN EASIER WEEK:
1. Plan Out My Goals For The Week // Every month I come up with goals that I want to get accomplished that month and one of the best ways I attack those goals is to take them week-by-week. What works easiest for me is to pick 3 big goals or to-dos that need to be accomplished by the end of the week. After I have picked my 3 goals for the week, I simply come up with an ideal timeline of how I want to work on those goals.
2. Tidy Up Around The House // Cleaning up is essential for a more peaceful atmosphere wherever you live. If there’s too much clutter in an area, whether it be in the bathroom, kitchen, or office space, you’re more likely to grow unmotivated. Sundays are the best days to go around the house and tidy up anything that’s unorganized or distracting. Clean out your refrigerator of anything that’s expired, wash your bed sheets, put away clean clothes, and do some dusting. Once you get into the grove of tidying up, you’ll agree that it doesn’t take as long as you convince yourself it does. I promise!
3. Prep Your Grocery List // Many people like to go grocery shopping on the weekends, especially if that’s the only time their work schedule allows, but I like to go on Monday or Tuesday evening. When preparing for my week ahead on a Sunday, I can see if my husband and I are going to be away at all, meaning that dinner wouldn’t be a big as if it were both of us. If we’re traveling for a long weekend the next weekend, we probably won’t get any produce that would go bad if we don’t finish it before we go away.
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4. Check The Weather // Call me weird, but one of the first things I do every day is to check the weather. On Sunday, open up the weather app on your phone or turn the weather channel on your TV. While these reports may not be 100% accurate all of the time, they do give you a good idea of what you should prepare for. Weather affects many different things in our everyday lives – attire, traveling, and activities. Always check the weather!
5. Plan Out Your Outfits // After you’ve put away any clean clothes and have checked the weather, do your best to plan out some outfits for the week. I know everyone is different when it comes to picking out clothes for the day, but try to get a good idea of what you’ll want to wear on what day. If you’re in the business professional world, you’ll want to take note of any important meetings that you may need to dress up more for. If you’re a stay-at-home mom but you have a date with your husband later in the week, pick out your date night outfit a few days before.
6. Take Time For Self-Care // Whether you love a bubble bath to unwind or a glass of wine while you watch your favorite show, make time for it on a Sunday before your new week starts. Since Sundays are great “restart” days, that means they’re the ideal day for finding some self-care or “me” time.
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7. Go To Bed Early // Once you’ve enjoyed your weekend and have done your best to prepare for your week ahead, choose to go to bed early. Going to bed early will help you wake up on Monday morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes at you that week. Both your body and mind will be well-rested, giving you the perfect ease to start your week.
When you take a little bit of time aside on a Sunday to prepare yourself for your week ahead, you’ll feel more at ease and less stressed. Sure, there will always be something unexpected that’ll pop up here and there every week, but by preparing yourself for what you can, you’ve already prevented unwanted and unnecessary stress.
Do you take time aside on Sundays to look at and plan for your week ahead? What are some of your must-dos every Sunday? What makes you feel most prepared for your week ahead? If you don’t already plan on Sundays, are you going to try to now? Let’s chat, friends!