As a student, I used to dread Sunday nights because inevitably, it meant that I had to get back into a school mindset and do homework or study. Now that I’ve graduated and I have a “big girl job”, I’ve found that I don’t mind Sunday nights as much. Sure, I’m still not a big fan of Mondays, but I enjoy the routine I have on Sundays that helps me wake up on Monday feeling refreshed and prepared for the week ahead. It may just be my personality, but I love tidying up and planning (and so on) so I find this whole process to be enjoyable. I can’t teach you how to enjoy the process, but I can vouch that it feels amazing to think ahead and set yourself up for success by having a Sunday routine.
Every Sunday looks different of course, but most evenings look like a loose version of this:
Planning: Old news – I’m obsessed with my planner. I have always been a paper planner user and I can’t imagine life without one, honestly. Every Sunday, I sit down and map out the week ahead. I do this by filling in the pieces of the puzzle that I already know. This includes events I might be attending, deadlines for any projects I’m working on, appointments I’ve made, etc. I also start adding to daily tasks if I already know what I need to do a certain day. For instance, if I have an event to attend, the day before I might add a task such as: plan outfit. Then, I move on to blogging tasks. I separate out a section in my weekly spread with washi tape and start working on blog plans. Blogging takes a ton of time and I work on my blog/social media every single day. Lastly, I’ll fill in my weekly goals and most importantly, the tasks that must be completed by the end of the week but aren’t limited to a single day. I’m so detail-oriented that I even write down reminders to myself to keep an eye out for packages if I’m expecting something in the mail and I haven’t been provided tracking.
Meal prep: If you’re human, you should meal prep. Just try it out for a week and tell me it doesn’t help you save time AND money. Whether you work from home or in an office, this will help you out a ton. It’s up to you which meals you prep but I generally focus on breakfast and lunch. I’m the type of person that has to eat in the morning, so I have to make sure there’s something easy to eat or I just make a bunch of something on Sunday. I’ve made breakfast burritos before that are a hit and really easy to reheat! Lunch is also a huge priority to me because I am often too busy or tired to cook something from scratch. Plus, I prefer to spend my lunch break actually taking a break. (This is new to me – as I used to eat while working all the time.) I think meal prepping is not only great for being efficient, but it helps you save money. I’m sure every single one of you has a coworker (or peer if you’re a student) who complains about spending so much money on lunch because they didn’t have enough time to make lunch that morning. Who says you have to make lunch in the morning? Let me tell you, this girl is not a morning person so the time that I do have in the morning, I like to stay in bed or enjoy my coffee – not scramble to make a dissatisfying lunch and be late to work. This also helps you be conscious about healthier options.
Tidy up: I’m usually a neat freak, but I’m a real person who gets lazy and tired too so it’s not a surprise when after the week, I’ve let my surroundings get a bit messy. (Ok, so maybe sometimes it gets really really messy.) Throwing on a Netflix show or a Pandora station and taking even 20 minutes to pick up and tidy up things can make a huge difference! I feel happier and calmer when my living space is organized. If you work from home, this will help your productivity, trust me.
Prepare for takeoff: I’m not even going to pretend that wasn’t cheesy, but let’s just imagine that we’re all little spaceships. (Hahaha….I’m so lame.) Another thing to do on Sunday (or really every single night) is to prepare the things you need for the next morning when you’re leaving your home. I did this all the time in college and it was amazing. (I learned this the hard way when once I went to campus without printing out my final paper and didn’t bring my laptop with me either. Don’t worry, I managed to turn it in on time but let’s just say I got to class very sweaty and very flustered and very mad at myself.) Put everything you need in your purse/work bag, set your car keys and work badge by the door or directly in your purse, set out your outfit, etc. If I have a more unique day, like say I’m going to drive out of town after work without stopping by home, I make a list of things I can’t forget and I stick it on my bathroom mirror so it’s the first thing I see in the morning.
Relax: Yup, this is absolutely critical on my Sunday evenings. I typically start off my Sundays with this too but I make sure before I lay my head down on my pillow, that I’ve done something to really loosen up. You want to maximize the night of rest ahead and going to bed filled with anxiety is really not ideal. I recently wrote a post about ways to relax after a long day at work and these are definitely methods to get you started on your Sunday night routine.
I guess I always assumed most people do these sort of steps as well, but after asking some of my friends, they were shocked I did so much to prep for the week. I realize this may seem excessive to some, but it really doesn’t take me a long time and even if it does take some time, it’s just less time you’re going to spend doing these tasks later. I’m still refining my routine as I go through some life changes but this is roughly what works for me. Something I’ve been focusing on a lot since 2016 started is loving myself and these types of things that set me up for success are part of that. My philosophy is that if you love and take care of yourself, you are better equipped to help and love others. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do differently for your Sunday routine!