6 Easy Things to Do on Sunday That Will Improve Your Week

As much as I want to be the type of person who coasts into Monday morning clear-headed, meal-prepped, and organized, with an early bird workout under my belt — and on time for work — I’m not. I’m the person waking up late after hitting the snooze button multiple times, groggy from my “just one more episode!” late night Netflix habit, scrambling for breakfast, and gulping coffee in the car.

No bueno. This latter approach is stressful, annoying, and rarely sets anyone up for success at the start of a busy week. That’s why I sourced the six best things to do on Sunday to make your weekdays so much easier.

 

1. Look at your calendar.

There’s nothing worse than realizing you have five meetings in a row on a given afternoon, or you forgot about meeting your friend for lunch. On Sunday, look at your calendar for the next several days with intention. Are you traveling? Do you need to cancel, add, or adjust anything? What’s missing from your to-do list? Reviewing what’s already on your schedule in the coming week makes you feel more prepared to handle it.

Also, remember to make time for the good stuff: a date night, wine with your bestie, walks with your dog. It is easy to plan, plan, plan for all the things you *have* to do, but you’ll go crazy if you don’t create space for a little fun.

 

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2. Do just a little meal prep.

You don’t have to go all Betty Crocker and spend your last precious weekend day slaving away in the kitchen, I swear. However, you will benefit from doing a little meal prepping on Sunday. And everyone is different: some people like to cook a whole bunch of meals at once and then freeze them, others make a plan based on what’s in the fridge or pantry, and some of us (ahem) simply make it to the grocery store (or order online) for the basics. This not only helps you eat healthy throughout the week, but removes the hassle of having to figure out what to eat at 8 pm after a long day or needing to stop at the store for more milk mid-week.

Need some resources? Here you go! Dinner ideas, lunch options, healthy slow cooker plans, salads, veggie recipes and much more.

 

3. Tidy up.

Notice I didn’t say clean. By all means, if you like cleaning your living space over the weekend, that is a fantastic time to break out the vacuum and mop — but if that feels like too much, especially after a solid Sunday Funday, simply tackle all the clutter in about 15 minutes or so. Clear off the kitchen counter, wipe the bathroom mirror, fold the blankets on the couch, put away your make-up bag, get rid of the receipts spilling out of your purse, et cetera.

Wherever your eye catches a glimpse of messiness, just straighten up for a couple seconds until your place looks semi-presentable. Trust me: nothing’s worse than rolling out of bed Monday morning and immediately seeing the laundry basket of clean clothes that’s been staring you in the face for five days.

 

 

4. Make a list for Monday.

Half the time I arrive at the office after a weekend, I don’t even know where to start: E-mails? Google Drive? My planner? Text messages? Making a quick list or plan for Monday morning, when you’re cool, calm, and collected on Sunday, will help you prioritize accordingly and be more efficient to begin your week.

 

5. Go to bed early.

I repeat. Go. To. Bed. Early. This allows you to wake up fully rested on Monday, which sounds like a small thing, but it is not, my friends. I can’t tell you how many Mondays have been a total waste because I didn’t get enough sleep. I know, you wanna stay up and scroll Instagram forever, but put your phone down, turn off the lights, and catch some z’s. Even better if you have clean sheets!

By hitting the hay earlier than usual, your body, mind and spirit will thank you (and probably your friends, parents and significant others, because listening to someone bitch about how Mondays are the worst is a total downer). If you find it challenging to go to bed early, try giving yourself an extra hour to wind down before bed.

 

6. Relax (Seriously).

I’ve been guilty of maxin’ and relaxin’ all weekend only to arrive at Sunday night with a serious case of the blues, and I’m probably not alone. To combat this, many people suggest shifting most of your weekend tasks to Saturday, so you can free up Sunday for self-care. Attend an extra-long yoga class, read a book, eat healthy, catch up with a friend, take a hot bath, do a face mask, see a movie — whatever feels semi-indulgent in a way that still allows you to start the week fresh and prepared. (Note: day-long mimosas seem like a good fit, but the Monday hangover is the worst, so choose wisely!)

 

What’s your go-to Sunday move to make your week easier? Share your best tips in the comments!

 

This article was originally published on June 11, 2017.

  • This is just what I needed to read! I used to hate Sundays. But it’s only because I’d spend them thinking about my following week and being stressed about it! Now I take them as much needed R&R days, so I can go to the gym, look after my skin and pamper myself in the evening ready for what next week might hold.

    I hope you have a fantastic Sunday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • I so needed this today. I always forget to prep myself for the week on a Sunday, and then suffer for the rest of the week because of it! I definitely want/need to do some tidying this evening so that everything looks presentable when I wake up tomorrow

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  • Such important points for every day. Puts off so much stress, too.

    Hannah | Stories Of A Telescope

  • Georgina Bradley

    This post is so inspiring I am so bad a meals so deciding what to do on a Sunday will be very beneficial for me. I think this will help me be more organised through out the week. Thank you.
    https://georginabradley.com/

  • I read past bedtime

    I am terrible at cramming all my work into the 6pm – 10pm Sunday slot. Next week I will try to be done by 9pm and go to bed with a book. Baby steps!

  • great post!!!
    The Pink Pineapple
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  • Cindi

    A couple of things I would add to the list…
    Set up daily med/vitamins. and
    Plan outfits for at least the first couple of days

    • The Everygirl

      Good tips, Cindi! Planning outfits is a lifesaver 🙂

  • meal prepping every sunday! =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • Meal prepping, an intensive skincare mask/routine (my way of relaxing) and an early night are my Sunday *MUSTS*. Nothing beats waking up on a Monday morning refreshed, ready and with amazing skin!

    xx Bry Jaimea || https://bryjaimea.com

  • Maria Tarar

    I can proudly say I do all of the above – minute the relax. hahhah Queen of Sunday night blues over here.

  • Esther

    You are so right. Usually I need up trying to do everything, go to bed late and never have the feeling that it was a relaxing Sunday.
    I guess a little at a time should be fine.
    Have a lovely week.
    Love, Esther

    https://lifestyle-tale.com

  • Lovvvveed these tips! Each one was better than the next. My favorite thing is getting into freshly washed sheets on Sunday night and putting my diffuser on with some lavender oil!

  • Christine

    Where is the first image from? I really love that look.

    • The Everygirl

      Hi Christine, it’s from @housesevendesign: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRJhmRFAcvr/ 🙂

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Sigh, I would LOVE to get more sleep, but I’m completely incapable of sleeping more than 6 hours. If I go to bed at 9:30, I’m wide awake at 3:30. I have to be upset for work at 5 anyway, oh well.

  • Taylor

    I love The Everygirl, and agree that some of these questions are really lame. However, (and this might be an unpopular opinion) some of these responses are just as douchey as the questions…

  • Meal prep is my jam. As someone who hates to cook but loves to eat healthy, it’s literally the only way I can survive! Loving the recipes so much, thanks for those!

    https://theleadinglady.co/

  • JMA2Y

    If I’m going to do laundry, I must get it done and not string it out or leave it in the dryer or the basket. Get it washed, dried, folded, put away. Shirts that hang to dry get attention on Monday.

  • Nurit Siegal

    Awesome list. Love the check your calendar point, it’s so simple and quick and could save me from a lot of distress I’m sure

    http://www.lipstickandbrisket.comb

  • Meghan Nicole Burns

    I love all of these ideas. These are so cute.
    Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  • shopcalico

    Getting organized for the coming week is an absolute MUST! My week goes so much smoother and my mood is so much better, when I devote some time to planning my life on Sunday!

    Elissa
    http://shopcalico.com

  • Girl Boss Boutique

    Great Post!!
    I do meal prepping on sundaysss!!

  • Paula McGarry

    Loved this article! So relevant and the tips work!