If you’ve been reading my posts for a while now, you probably are aware of these two things:
1- I’m a huge fan of fresh starts, &
2 – I LOVE planning things out.
When I was younger, I really disliked Sundays. They meant school started the next day, and I needed to hustle to finish all my homework. Now, I actually really enjoy them! I’m still in school, but I like to think I’ve changed my mindset from then. There are a handful of things I try to accomplish every Sunday to make sure my week ahead is productive + enjoyable!
Now, I feel like Sundays may actually be one of the most important days of the week. They’re like tiny, little, new beginnings, and spending them preparing for the week ahead makes the actual day + week a whole lot better.
6 Things to do Every Sunday
- Start with a slow morning! Sundays are the day before all the chaos of the week goes down. I love to take a little bit of extra time on Sundays getting out of bed and enjoying the day before it actually begins. If I’m starting my week correctly and stress-free, it really sets the tone over the next few days!
- Plan out your week. Seriously, I have a really weird, irrational love for planning. I could make a whole post on this, but in short, here’s how I map things out: Every time I schedule a meeting or event, I stick it in my Google Calendar. If I have reoccurring events, homework, etc…I set repeating reminders for the weeks I need them. By the time Sunday comes around, I have a chunk of my planning already finished. I to sit down with my planner and input everything for my week that I already scheduled in my calendar. Then, I take a peek at work, assignments, etc… and designate and space them out throughout the week. This lets me plan ahead, and I’m not cramming things in at the last second! (P.S. My new favorite planner is this one – it’s undated, and has space for me to add in everything I need to!)
- Clear your space! This might just be a “me” thing, but I can function a million times better when I have a clean space to work in. Starting out the week with a clear space = a clear mind.
- Pack your bags. I like to get everything situated in my bag for the next day, whether it’s for school or work. That way, if I want an extra 15 minutes of sleep, I can take it!
- Meal prep. This one is relatively new to me since I just began living in a place without food already prepared for me. Getting meal prep done at the beginning of the week is SUCH a lifesaver – I’m not stuck boiling ramen every night because I forgot to start making dinner until 9pm.
- Take some quality “me-time”! SO. IMPORTANT. I love to preach about taking breaks, me-time, etc…but I’m awful in practice. However, lately, I’ve been working on meditation. I’ve been trying to take just 15 minutes every few days to sit and focus on breathing and my body. I’ve only been at it for a couple weeks, and it’s already been life-changing. I can physically feel the tension leaving my body, and it makes my days a whole lot less stressful. So, if you don’t have hours and hours during your Sunday to spend chilling out, try some meditation!
If you’ve been struggling with frazzled weeks and long days, seriously, try some of these practices! They’ve changed my whole outlook on Sundays, and now I really don’t dread them anymore. They’re relaxing, yet productive enough where I don’t feel like it’s been a whole day wasted.
I hope you have a stress-free start to your new week. 🙂