I personally like to take Sundays easy – usually it’s my day to relax, spend some quality time with the loved ones and catch up on reading. But it’s also my day to get ready for the week ahead. In this article I’ll take you through 7 ways which will get your week started well, without causing much of a disruption to whatever else you have planned for the day.
Plan your activities for the week
I’m not into planners, but I do like to know what I’m doing with my life over the next few days. Spending 5 minutes planning some of the things which I’d want to accomplish by the end of the week helps with that. This can involve everything from checking your kids extracurriculars and mapping out your social events through to what kind of exercise you will do each day. The main goal is to give your week a framework and the things you want to do a timeline.
Prepare your outfits for the week
You might be in the fortunate position of working from home in your sweats or you might not. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum between PJs and suits, check the weather and pull together the outfits you will be wearing for at least the next day and preferably for the next 5 days. If you work in a formal environment, Sunday is the day to make sure your shirts are ironed, and if you don’t, at least check your t-shirts to make sure they’re presentable if the post man surprises you.
It’s nice to not have to worry about pulling a lunch together last minute. And it’s even nicer to know exactly what you need to buy the next time you get your groceries. I’m not asking you to meal plan, get the groceries and meal prep all in one day. But if you can get a meal plan going on Sunday, everything else falls into place better.
Take 30 minutes to breathe
Go for a walk. Read a book. Take a nap, put a face mask on. Whatever it is that does it for you, take a moment just to yourself and use it to do something that brings you calm. For me this usually happens towards the end of the day. If you’re a parent, this could coincide with a nap time. The point of this quiet 30 minutes is to give yourself a space to not be tense, not be worried and not be dealing with the world’s noise. Having a short mental break allows you to simply rest and restore some of that ‘battery’ we all like to say we are charging.
Tidy up at the end of the day
Deep clean is for another time. On a Sunday night all you need is a little pick up and put away. Having a reasonably tidy house at the end of the day and at the start of the new week has a funny mental effect – it makes you think that there is order in the world. It seems that us human beings like the feeling of safety that comes with tidy and clean spaces, so take the 10 minutes and put the junk, the kids toys and the cushions back in their place.
Brain-dump anything that causes you stress
I got chatting with a friend who happens to have a life much more stressful than my own and he said, that every once in a while he’ll sit down with a pen and paper and write out all these things which cause him stress and concern. He said that seeing them on paper makes them less scary and more actionable. What he then does is take some of these items and turn them into actions.
Here is one example:
Stress point – my daughter has had an unexplained rash appear last night.
Action – book an appointment to see the GP for my daughter .
Stress point – my job might cease to exist within the next 6 weeks
Action – reach out to the recruiter who placed me and let her know I’m available for interviews now
Obviously this won’t work for every single problem we have in the world, but putting these worries out of your head and elsewhere really does make a big difference. I tried this method too, and it works!
Go to bed at a reasonable time
Last but not least – whether you are a night owl or an early raiser, get yourself to bed at a time that is reasonable to you. No tiktok until 2am, no scrubbing the oven at midnight, no late night beers on a Sunday. Start your week the most rested you can be – get all the sleep you can on the Sunday night so that you have the energy to tackle whatever you have to tackle the following day. Not only this is good for your mental health but also for your physical one.
I hope that some of these tips help you to get your week started on a positive note. Do you have any good habits which might be useful to other readers? Share them in the comments.