Updated: Apr 2, 2019
Ahhh, it’s finally the weekend. If you’re anything like me when Friday arrives you’re ready to unwind from the week and relax before it’s time to start another busy work week. Typically my work week can be pretty hectic with scheduled appointments, going to the gym for training sessions, and other miscellaneous task. It can leave me extremely exhausted and wanting do nothing more than lounge around on the weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon (Sunday Naps are the best). After all, we have the upcoming week to get our chores completed, right?
Well that is what I use to think and it is kind of what I lived by. I have since come to the conclusion that this is not the way to get control of my week. When I didn’t take the time to get things in order on Sunday and prepare for my week, I felt unorganized and overwhelmed. In this post I will share some things that I have incorporated in my Sunday routine to start my week off right. Monday will not feel so bad when you have things in order at the start of your week. Following these steps and even altering them to fit your life will help you tremendously. Let’s dive into some of the things that help me prepare for the week ahead.
Prepare your lunch on Sunday night
Preparing your lunch the night before or meal prepping your lunch for the entire week will add a tremendous amount of time in your week. Trust me on this one. Prepping my meals has given me more control over the nutritional value of the food I am consuming. Ok, so that’s just a fancy way of saying, I am eating healthier. It is a great feeling to not have to rush out of the office and join the hustle and bustle of the lunch time rush. Being able to enjoy my lunch break gives me the ability to push through the rest of my work day full speed ahead.
Something else to take into consideration is, planning your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the week. Writing out a menu and grocery shopping for those items on Sunday will have you prepared for the week. If I do not plan the meals that I want to cook prior to my trip to the grocery store, I will find myself picking up items that I don’t need. Having a plan will keep things consistent for you. After leaving the gym in the evening I am already aware of what I need to prepare for dinner because I have a menu.
Organize your clothes for the work week
You probably think I am going to tell you to pick out your outfits for everyday of the week on Sunday night. Well, that is not what I am going to say at all. But the advice I want to give is to do ALL of your laundry before the work week begins. Be sure that all of your work attire is clean, ironed (if needed), hanging up and ready to grab in the morning. I am not the type of person that can pick out my outfits for an entire week in one night. But having my clothes organized and prepared in my closet makes my morning routine a lot easier. The last thing you want to be doing on a Wednesday or Thursday night is washing your navy blue trousers because you need them the next day. I do understand that getting all the laundry done in one day may be impossible if you’re doing laundry for your entire family. So I recommend starting your laundry on Friday night… Yes, Friday night. Go ahead and knock out a few loads and start folding while you are catching up on your favorite Netflix shows.
Check Your Calendar- Update your Calendar
Write it down. Take some time and look at your calendar and be sure you have all of your appointments/meetings updated in your calendar. I like to update my planner and the calendar on my phone, it keeps me in sync. Don’t be afraid to use those reminder alarms on your phone to quickly remember important appointments or things as simple as picking up the dry cleaning. Nothing gets me more annoyed than forgetting to do something and then remembering it after the fact. Although I update my planner and calendar, I still make a to-do list on my phone when I think of small things that I need to do that may not be a scheduled appointment.
Get your home in order
Do not start your week with disheveled living quarters. When my home is disorderly it creates a high level of anxiety for me. I take about 30-45 minutes to get things in order. I will take time to vacuum, organize, clean out the refrigerator, and other miscellaneous things that could wreak havoc during the week. It feels so good to come home on Monday evening and walk through the door and see a clean and organized home. During the week, keep things picked up and put away so that it is easier to maintain orderly living quarters.
Decompress, Get grounded, Get Focused
Take a moment and release all the pressure and weight that you may have felt from the previous work week. Gather your thoughts and write down things that may have went wrong or maybe some small wins. Focus on how to improve and be better, not only at work but in life. Allow yourself some time to relax and enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening. Giving yourself this time will create balance and allow you to mentally and emotionally reset before the work week begins.
You’re Ready, You’ve Got This, and Let’s Go. Stop dreading Monday! Mondays’ are not bad at all, it is all in how you approach it. Follow these steps and take control of your Week. Let’s Go!!
Written By: Krystle Green