Picture the scenario. It’s Monday morning. You can barely drag yourself out of bed. You’re exhausted. You get ready for work, barely making it out the door on time. You don’t have a lunch packed, so you’ll grab some fast food on your lunch hour. You sit down at your desk and sigh. Your desk is a mess because you couldn’t wait to get out the door on Friday afternoon. Your email inbox is full, more junk mail than work mail. It’s going to be a long day. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We’ve all been there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you take advantage of your Sundays to prepare for the week, Mondays can be a heck of a lot easier! Here are 7 things you can do for a productive Sunday and an even more productive week.
Think of Sunday as the First Day of the Week
Most people think of Sunday as the last day to relax before heading back to work or school. Instead, think of Sunday as the first chance to prepare yourself for the week’s tasks. Monday mornings will feel less dreadful and less overwhelming because you’ve already got yourself into the mindset. I do just about everything I can on Sundays to make sure that the rest of the week will be smooth sailing.
Clean Out Your Email Inbox
If you work a typical 9-5 job, chances are most of the emails you receive Friday night through Sunday are personal and junk mail as opposed to work emails. I like to clean those out on Sunday night so I can sit down Monday morning and only have to deal with new work emails. It helps me jump into work a lot faster when I’m not having to filter through junk emails vs. work emails. Plus I have a lot more patience on Sunday evening than I do on Monday morning when I’m tired and slightly annoyed about the weekend already being over!
Write a To-Do List For the Week
When it comes to having a more productive week, this is my most effective way to do it. Having these tasks laid out before the week starts will allow you to jump right into them Monday morning. I’m definitely a pen and paper kinda girl when it comes to keeping track of my to-do’s. Because of this, I LOVE the notepads in my shop. You can find this weekly planner in the Etsy shop that easy lets you plan our your tasks for the entire week. This is fantastic because it lets you see your entire week at a glace. If you prefer a daily planner, this one is my favorite! This one is definitely more helpful if you’ve got a huge list of to-do’s every single day (which is frequently the case for me these days.)
Clean Your Desk
If you work from home, clean your desk off on Sunday so you start the week with a clean desk. Put anything you’ll need for Monday’s projects front and center. If you don’t work from home, this is something best done Friday afternoon before you leave for the weekend. I do this every Friday afternoon and it seriously takes me no more than 5-10 minutes.
Schedule Social Media For the Week
This one obviously isn’t applicable to everyone, but I know I have a lot of bloggers and side hustlers reading this blog! I like to do almost all of my social media posts for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on Sunday so I don’t have to think about it during the week. It really doesn’t take me that long (less than an hour) and it saves me a TON of time the rest of the week. Plus, even when I have it on my to-do list, things always seem to fall through the cracks and I find that I forget to get some posts up if I don’t do it ahead of time.
Clean the House
There’s nothing worse than starting the work week with a messy house! I always have a more productive week when it starts with a clean house. Monday evenings after work are pretty much the last time I want to come home and wash dishes, do laundry, etc., so I get all of that done on Sundays. Plus, as someone who tends to get a bit of anxiety about clutter, I get super anxious coming home from work to a messy house. I definitely prefer to get it out of the way on the weekend!
Meal Plan and Meal Prep
Sundays are typically the day I do my grocery shopping. Before I do that, I write a meal plan. I write down what I’ll have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as a few snacks to have in the kitchen. I find that I tend to spend a lot less on groceries and waste a lot less of the food if I’m planning my meals ahead of time and buying things I know how and when I’ll be using. I also really don’t enjoy cooking so anything I can prep ahead of time and in bulk is definitely something I take advantage of! For instance, I’ll often plan my meals for the week around one protein and make it in bulk on Sunday evening.
What do you do on Sundays to have a more productive week?
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