I might get in trouble for saying this, but I actually enjoy Sundays and Mondays. I tend to feel the most energized on Mondays because I usually prep for a productive week in advance. When I’m prepared, I’m usually in a much better, confident place. (Honestly, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the REAL worst days of the week!)
In fact, my Sunday routine is probably my favorite routine of the week. I love organization, making lists, and gathering my thoughts, and Sunday is the best day for this. It gives me the opportunity to check in with myself and my goals and plan for my week ahead.
With that said, here’s how I set myself up for a productive week.
Wake up before 9:00 AM.
A big thing for me is not sleeping in too long on Sunday mornings. If I do sleep in, I try to do that on Saturday mornings, since I’m typically up later on a Friday anyway. Sundays typically go by pretty quickly, so I try not to waste precious time by hanging out in bed too long. If you feel like your Sunday is gone in the blink of an eye, try to wake up earlier than usual and see if that helps!
Typically, I do plenty of different chores throughout the week so I don’t have to do them all on the weekend, but on Sundays I like to tidy up my space. I put lingering items away, take out the trash, and straighten up my furniture, pillows, and things. When my space is cluttered, my mind is cluttered, so tidying up helps me focus on my goals better.
Plan outfits for the week.
Outfit planning is so important to me because whenever I don’t know what I’m wearing in the morning, I get so stressed out and feel rushed. Occasionally, I’m indecisive about what to wear but if I have options ready, it relieves some stress from my mornings. On Sunday, I look at the weather forecast for the week and try to at least have an idea of what I would like to wear for the week ahead. That means ironing clothing options and putting them to the front of my wardrobe, so I don’t have to go hunting for them later.
On Sundays, I like to take inventory of my fridge and plan out what meals I’ll make each day. Then I make sure the meal I plan on having for lunch on Monday is packed and ready to grab in the morning. Like sorting out my weekly outfits, planning my meals just helps alleviate any indecisiveness and stress in the mornings.
This means emptying my personal inbox, cleaning up any stray notes in my phone, and tidying my desk. If I have any stray letters or mail, I usually go through them and sort them or shred them.
Bullet journal and make a list.
In the evenings, I set up my Weekly page in my bullet journal. Then I carry unfinished tasks over from the previous week and give them high priority, or erase them completely. Finally, I reflect on the past week and write a little recap in my journal. This just helps center me and think about what my goals are for the new week ahead.
Meditation, mantras, and “me” time.
I make sure I schedule what I like to call “The 3 Ms” every Sunday. For a couple of hours, I like to meditate, think, and enjoy some things just for me. This usually involves playing a relaxing video game or reading up on some self-help books and essays.
On Sundays, I try to go to bed a little earlier than usual so I make sure I get enough rest. I find that starting my Monday well-rested really helps me feel better about the day overall.
How do you set yourself up for a productive week? Do you do something I haven’t listed here? I’d love to know!
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Megan Portorreal is a professional writer, editor, and creative in the New York City area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, writing about her life, and playing video games.