I think it’s a pretty well known fact that Monday’s suck… Maybe if your week isn’t traditional and doesn’t start on Monday, but whatever day your Monday is, it’s probably the most difficult day to get started.
For me, Monday is always the hardest to start up and get to the point that I’m being productive. I’ve had a nice relaxing weekend, my sleep schedule got messed up and I feel like a car trying to get up a hill come Monday morning. Now, my job and my lifestyle doesn’t allow for me to have a slow Monday, so I had to do something to my routine to fix this.
Recently, I started using Sunday as a reset point. Rather than seeing it as the end of the weekend, I set it in my mind that it was the beginning of the new week. Here are some of the things that I do on Sunday in order to make the next week a little easier to start:
- Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping: By Sunday, I know what my next week looks like in regards to meeting with my clients scheduled appointments. So I use that to plan my meals for the week. If I know I’m going to be home late one night, I make sure that it’s an easy dinner that night. After I have the meal plan set, I go grocery shopping. When I get home, I do whatever prep work I need to do for those meals. I haven’t really started doing massive meal prepping yet, although it is something I want to do in the future.
- Clean the House: Every day I try to do a little picking up throughout the house, but on Sunday, I like to go throughout the house and do any deep cleaning that needs to be done. This way they’re done at the beginning of the week and it isn’t staring at me throughout the week.
- Journal Page: In my bullet journal, I have my week start on Monday. This way Sunday is kind of that bridge day. So I create the new weekly pages, catch up on any collections and start working on the to-do lists for the next week.
- Do something fun and relaxing in the evening: After everything is done in the evening, we sit down and relax, either watching a few episodes of a tv show or play a game. This helps me relax and decompress so that I can get a good night’s sleep.
- Go to bed early: It can be hard, because it’s tempting to sleep in on Sunday morning and then you don’t feel like going to bed early. But it’s extremely important to get enough sleep Sunday night so that you don’t start out exhausted
The last thing is something I don’t do on Sunday: I don’t start a project that will take more than a day to complete. I don’t want to have a project sitting half done throughout the week because odds are, I won’t have time to finish it during the week and it’ll sit around until the next weekend. So I make sure that on Sundays, I only start something I know I can finish that day.
Comment below, are these tips helpful? What are some things that you do on Sunday to make your week more productive?