It seems Sundays roll around just as you're getting into your weekend. And before you know it, it's Monday again, and you're back to your regular commute and routine. I used to look forward to Sundays, but with all of the planning and work I do volunteering with my church on the weekends, by the time I've woken from my after church nap (if I even get to take one), the whole day feels wasted and gone. Sundays can suck sometimes, but they don't have to. With a little mindfulness and planning, a well-intentioned Sunday can help set you up for a successful week. Here are some helpful habits you can do every Sunday to help your week feel less stressful.
Plan your wardrobe
When I challenged myself to wear grey for an entire week, that made getting ready in the morning much simpler. Because I already knew which colour to wear, I simply pulled out items in that colour to iron. That way the only thing I needed to do in the morning was accessorise. Use apps like Pinterest to help you design your weekly workday wardrobe.
Make sure your calendar for the week is up-to-date.
Having a firm grasp on your schedule at the beginning of the week works wonders. While life isn’t always predictable and things certainly pop up for all of us, try to have your schedule outlined as much as possible at the beginning of the week so you can feel prepared for what’s ahead, and so you don’t miss any important meetings, deadlines or appointments.
Meal prep the easy way.
I've only just begun to meal prep and it's still not a consistent habit for me, but the weeks that I do meal prep have made a huge difference in my morning routines. When I have a clear idea of what I want to eat, and when, I have all the necessary groceries ready to go. Nights are spent prepping or cooking so that in the morning I can just grab and go. I'm not saying to do all of your cooking on Sunday; that could drive anyone bonkers! During the week, you can put together quick meals with your prepped produce and protein without having to spend your entire weekend in the kitchen. You can even prep lots of healthy snacks so you never go "hangry". Having tons of pre-made munchies for the week means you won't have to dip into a convenience store every time you're famished and need something right now.
Don’t forget to spend a little time self-indulging and taking care of you. Whether it’s taking the time to read your favourite book every Sunday, catching up on some much needed rest, or indulging in your favourite TV show with your favourite snack, take care of yourself! Trust me, you will feel more rejuvenated and energised for the week ahead if you spend some time taking care of you.
Weekends are perfect for clearing out and cleaning house. You can start with your purse or bag. By the end of the week your bag has become a black hole filled with random receipts, gum wrappers, loose change, and that random flyer the guy handed you on the way to work. Empty out all the unnecessary things you've collected and organise the important stuff so you know where everything is. It'll make your life seem a little more ~together~. Then move on to your fridge. It'll be easier to meal prep with a cleaner fridge and fresher ingredients. Grab anything that's definitely gone bad or just all the leftovers you know you're not going to eat. If you do a regular clean every week, it'll always be quick and easy, whereas those monthly purges could get gross and take forever.