Sunday can often be bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s still the weekend so you want to enjoy it to its fullest. On the other hand, you’ve got the Sunday blues in anticipation of having to go back to work on Monday.
Sundays have always been a struggle for me because I like to plan for a productive week, and that means there are quite a few productive things to do. But I also want to relax and enjoy that last day of freedom!
The great thing is, you don’t have to choose! I’ve developed a routine for a productive Sunday that allows me to plan for the week ahead, while also making some time to relax.
In this post, I’m sharing 17 productive things to do on Sunday that will help you to have a better and more productive week!
17 Things to Do on Sunday For a More Productive Week
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Start Your Day on a Positive Note
Sundays can be such a struggle. I know I should be productive and plan for the week ahead. But at the same time, it’s the last day of the weekend. I want to enjoy it!
Because of that, I always like to start my Sundays off on a positive note. Some weeks that might mean getting up and meeting a friend for brunch. Other weeks it might just mean letting myself sleep in and having a leisurely start to the day.
By starting the day off doing something I enjoy, I’m always far more amenable to getting the productive stuff out of the way afterward.
Plan & Shop For Your Meals For the Week
Sunday is always a grocery shopping day at our house!
First, my boyfriend and I plan our meals for the week. This means taking a look at what food we already have on hand and figuring out how we can use that for meals. Then we plan out meals and figure out what else we need to buy.
Once we’ve got our shopping list planned out, Sunday is the day we go to the grocery store and run any other errands necessary.
I know some people hate grocery shopping, but we actually really enjoy doing our grocery shopping together, so this is usually a fun activity for us!
Clean Out the Fridge
Because Sunday is when we buy food for the week, it’s also the perfect day to clean out the fridge. As I’m putting away the groceries for the week, I usually check and see if there’s any expired food that needs to be tossed and make sure all of the shelves are wiped down.
We’re usually pretty good about not letting any food go to waste. But let’s be real, we’re all guilty of occasionally buying those fruits or veggies with the best of intentions and then totally forgetting about them!
Do Any Necessary Meal Prep
Sunday is always a great day to do any meal prep you need for the week!
I’m not a huge fan of cooking, so if I’m making something, I’m usually making it in a big batch for the week. It also makes life so much easier so we don’t have to worry about preparing lunch every single day.
Meal prep is especially convenient for anyone with a busy lifestyle! With you’re on the go all the time, you probably don’t have time to cook every day. Meal prepping can be a lifesaver!
Finish Your Laundry
I don’t know about you, but I always like starting the week with an empty laundry basket.
Sunday is the day I wash all of our sheets and towels. Then I make sure to get any dirty clothes cleaned, dried, and put away.
It’s just one of those tasks I know I’m not going to want to worry about when I come home from a long day of work Monday.
Check the Weather & Plan Your Outfits
My mind is always in a bit of a fog in the morning before work. I swear it takes me twice as long to pick out my clothes in the morning than it would have the night before.
Sunday night is a good time to take a glance at the weather and generally plan your outfits for the week.
Tidy Up Your Home
A messy home can give me some serious anxiety, so I like to keep things pretty tidy in general. But I especially like to make sure I’m starting the work week with a clean home. I know that when I start getting back into the work week, I’m not going to want to do any cleaning as soon as I get home. I try to get it all out of the way on Sundays.
Have a Family Meeting
Sunday is the perfect time to sit down for a family meeting. This is a great time to remind each other of any activities going on during the week, or evenings you’ll be home late. This is also a good time to talk about any tasks that need to be completed.
This is also definitely the time to bring up any areas of contention or stress that have been lingering.
Depending on the size and structure of your family, a family meeting might be just a quick touch-base at the beginning of each week.
Check in With Your Budget
Weekends tend to be the time of the week we spend the most money. That’s because this is when we’re having date nights, going out with friends, or going away for the weekend. It’s also when we do our grocery shopping and run errands.
Because of that, I always like to check in on my budget on Sunday. That gives me a good idea of where I’m at financially. And if I went over budget on any of my spending categories, that tells me I need to be frugal in the upcoming week.
Related Article: How to Create a Monthly Budget (Even if You Hate Budgeting!)
Clean Out Your Inbox
Monday morning is already enough of a bummer. But it’s made even worse when I sit down to an inbox full of emails.
I like to filter through some of those emails on Sunday evening to make Monday morning a little easier. I take care of deleting any emails I definitely don’t need or quickly handling any that can be deleted after a quick read or a task that takes just a minute or two.
Related Article: Email Organization Habits to Make You More Productive
Review Your Calendar For the Week
My schedule looks a bit different every week, so I always like to sit down on Sunday and double check my schedule. I look at my meetings for the week, any plans with friends, and check with my boyfriend to see what evenings he has plans.
I also make sure to double check if we have any weekend plans because then some of my normal weekend tasks would need to get done on a different day instead!
Plan Your Goals For the Week
Once I know what my schedule for the week looks like, I sit down and plan some goals for the week. For me, this usually means filling whatever free time I have with working on my side hustle.
Things are constantly changing. Some months I have enough free time to write a blog post every week. Some months it’s once in the entire month.
In addition to my normal blog posts, I also usually have a special project or two I’m working on, so this is when I plan that!
I do all of my big picture planning in Asana.
Make Your To Do List for Monday
Once I’ve reviewed my schedule and planned my goals for the week, it’s time to put together my to do list for Monday! I always write my to do lists at least the night before so I’m never scrambling the day of.
I do all of my to do lists in my daily planner. You can visit my review of the best planners for this year to find out what my current favorite planner is!
Spend Some Time Outside
Now that the weather is finally nice again, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside. Brandon and I love taking the dog for a long walk on Sunday or walking to the local dog park.
Our city also has a lot of outdoor venues and activities, so we always keep our eyes open for those.
Make Time to Relax
Sunday may be a great day to plan for a productive week, but it’s also the last day to relax before the work week. Because of that, I make sure to set aside some time to relax on Sundays!
For us, that usually means finishing up our productive tasks earlier in the evening so we can have a couple of hours of just enjoying the end of our weekend.
Prepare For Your Morning Routine
If you have a morning routine you follow during the week, that’s amazing! But I know what’s common for a lot of us is that we have a morning routine we would like to do, but then we fall off track pretty quickly.
Look at Sunday as a fresh start! Sure, maybe you fell off your morning routine last week. But you can start again on Monday with renewed motivation.
And you can make it even easier by getting everything ready the night before.
For example, when I’m doing yoga in the morning, I lay my yoga mat out the night before. I also prepare the coffee maker, and anything else I’m going to need first thing in the morning.
Related Article: How to Create a Healthy Morning Routine
Go to Bed Early
I always stay up too late on the weekends. I feel like I’m not alone here!
And because I always dread going into the work week without having caught up on sleep, I try to go to bed a little early on Sundays to prepare myself for the week.
Sundays get a bad rap, but they don’t have to be bad news.
I’m sure plenty of you aren’t super excited about the idea of using Sunday (aka the LAST day to enjoy the weekend) to do productive stuff for the week. Trust me, I for SURE have those weekends where I don’t want to do anything but relax.
But like clockwork, I always regret it Monday morning when my week is not starting out on the right foot. Just tackling a few important tasks on a productive Sunday makes a big difference!
Plus, I make sure to get some fun and relaxation in there as well!
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