Learn how to make your week easier and more productive by doing these 5 things every Sunday.
Aaah, Sunday! The last day of the week and the perfect day to prepare for a brand new one.
During the week there is so much to do, think about and take care off. To be honest, it can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes and take your focus away from doing what is actually important. But there’s so much you can do on Sunday to make your week more productive.
Here are some of the things that I like to do on Sunday to prepare myself for an amazing and productive week ahead. These things help me to keep my focus and reduce stress.
Let’s get started and set your week up for success!
1. Clean Your House
Isn’t it the best feeling to come home to a clean house? I love it and I truly believe that a clean house makes you happier.
Your home is a place where you should be able to relax and unplug after a long day. If your home is messy, it can signal that there are a lot of ‘unfinished tasks’ that you still need to do and that can cause stress. You are confronted with enough chaos and stress during the day and you don’t want your home to contribute to that.
So leave that chaos outside the door: Clean your house, organize and get the mess out of the way! And while you’re at it, you may want to consider doing some other chores as well, such as catching up on that pile of laundry that has been growing all week ;).
Also, it’s easy to keep your house clean and organized throughout the week by doing just 10 minutes of tidying up every day before you go to bed.
2. Reflect on last week
Instead of starting with planning the week ahead, first take a moment to pause and reflect on the past week. Are you still taking action towards your dreams and goals?
So many of us never actually take action on our biggest dreams and goals. But to get where you want to be, you should be taking small steps every day.
Every Sunday, stop and reflect to make sure you don’t lose sight of your goals and keep taking action towards them every week. Check with yourself what you did this week to reach your goals and where there is room for improvement. Be honest with yourself:
- What went well this week and what didn’t?
- What have you learned?
- What can you do differently next week to get closer to your goals?
Reflection is key to making progress every week and actually achieving those bigger dreams and goals of yours. Go for it!
3. Plan Your Week
Now that you know what to work on next week, it is time to fill that calendar and plan, plan, plan! It’s a good feeling to start your week knowing what needs to be done and being able to dive right into it.
I always like to start by putting in all the things that are fixed, such as meetings or events. Then I plan in my downtime and all the other things that are not to-do’s, but that I do want to make time for because they are important to me. That could be working out, reading, doing yoga or working on my blog.
The reason I like to put downtime in my planner before I add in my to-do’s, is because I noticed that I prioritized my to-do’s over my downtime. It’s easy to fill up your planner with to-do’s to the point where there’s no more space left for other things. But taking time to do those things is just as important.
Once that is in, you can start adding all the to-do’s to your planner. Make sure you prioritize them based on importance and plan them in accordingly.
4. Plan Your Meals
Doing your groceries and planning your meals on Sunday, gets you ready for a productive week! If you plan your meals ahead you can save a lot of time (and $$) throughout the week and focus your energy on more important things.
Personally, I like to think about what I want to eat when I’m planning my week. I use an app called Paprika, where I save my favorite recipes that I can choose from. That makes it a lot easier to come up with meals and make healthier choices.
If you plan your meals before going out to the store, you know exactly what ingredients you’ll need and you can do the groceries accordingly. You can even decide to (partially) prepare your meals on Sunday to save even more time during the week.
Oh, and don’t forget to think about healthy snacks as well.
5. Take it Easy!
Last but not least, have some downtime to relax and practice some self-care. It’s been a long week, so let’s not forget about ourselves, shall we?
Sunday is the perfect day to get some much needed rest for both your mind and body. Release all that stress that has built up over the week and recharge for what’s to come, so that you can start the week with a clear mind, a fresh perspective and more focus.
Ask yourself what it is you need, and do what feels good in that moment. Whether that’s taking a nap, doing something creative, such as painting or hand lettering, or just reading a book on the couch. Just make sure there is nothing that can distract you (bye phone!).
This time is for you!
Just one more thing…
I hope these tips help you to improve your week and set it up for success! As always, I’d love to know which of these you’ll be implementing yourself. If you’re interested in knowing more about productivity and getting things done, then check out this article.
Have an amazing week, lovely!