Sunday's are a fresh start. They are an opportunity to recharge, relax and plan. Each Sunday gives you the chance to grow and move forward towards your goals.
I use Sundays to prepare and get things organised for the new week. By allowing myself a few hours to get things ready for the upcoming week, I save on time, energy and a lot of stress. So, how do I do that?
♡ Shift your mindset
Sunday has a stereotype. They’re known for sleep-ins, hangovers, “cheat-days” and as a lazy day. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of time to do all of those things on Sunday but let’s shift your mind to be thinking of Sunday as a productive day.
When I started thinking of Sunday as the first day of the week, it took the pressure off of the first day back at work (Monday’s) and allowed my first day of the week to be relaxed and more about getting things sorted.
♡ Plan your week
Whip out your calendar, whether it’s digital or physical, it’s time to plan!
I personally prefer to use my iPhone calendar, it’s easier to move things around when needed and much more eco-friendly.
One of the best pieces of advice I have been given was to plan my weeks/ days to the hour. This allows you to stay on top of your to-do list and still have time for the fun stuff.
The most important thing to do is allow time for everything – your morning routine, lunch, exercise, watching TV – literally everything goes into your planner.
I know this may not always work to plan, trust me, I totally understand (unfortunately my 18-month-old son doesn’t care when I schedule his naps). But it will give you a great guideline to work off of.
Another quick tip, plan your meals. Write out a meal plan for the week ahead and you’ll save a heap of time by not worrying about what to eat.
♡ Write and prioritise your to-do list
If you don’t already use to-do lists, I highly recommend it. By using a to-do list, you’re able to stay on top of all your tasks needing to be done.
I’ve been using to-do lists for as long as I can remember. Now that I work a lot, I have “work to-do lists” and a “personal to-do list”.
On Sunday’s I put everything on my to-do list. A few examples for next week are:
- Book swimming lessons for my son
- Write a new blog post for Mindful Soul Collective
- Go to the doctor for a skin check
- Organise a stock-take for Bras By S
After I write my full to-do list, I separate them into days. I use an app called “To Do”, which allows you to create multiple lists and tick off as required. I have a to-do list for every day, except for Sunday (my planning day).
I’m going to write an entire blog post on to-do lists soon because I have so many handy tips to help you streamline and stay on top of them!
♡ Set and work on your goals
What do you want to achieve this week? Take a few moments to reflect on your week. Did the week you just went through help you grow and move towards wherever it is you want to be? If not, what do you need to change?
What small tasks do you need to do in the week ahead to work towards your bigger goals? Add them to your to-do list!
♡ Clean your space
I’m sure everybody can agree that when you start your week, you don’t want it to start with a big, unorganised mess. Whether the mess is at the office, in your bedroom, or in your fridge.
Dedicate some time on Sunday to tidy up, organise and decluttering.
Starting your week off clean will make a huge difference.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to steal your entire Sunday morning! Spend some time to yourself, doing whatever it is that you love to do.
I feel like it’s important to note that every day, you should be scheduling some time for self-care, but on Sundays, spend a little more time. Whether that means writing your intentions for the week, doing an extra 40 minutes of yoga, drawing, baking or taking your children to the park.
Allow yourself time to enjoy life. You don’t always have to be working towards your goals and being productive. Have fun.
Certified Counsellor & Mental Health Coach