There are specifics things to do on Sunday that will help you set up a more productive and streamlined week ahead. It’s all about pre-planning and organization… and it’s easier than you think.
Here are 12 specifics things you can do every Sunday as part of a weekend routine to guarantee a better Monday. It’s that simple.
12 Things To Do On Sunday To Set Up The Best Week Ever
The way your morning kicks off truly affects the rest of the day. Didn’t have time for your daily shower? You’re just “off” while at work. Forgot to pack a snack for lunch. Utterly annoyed for the rest of the afternoon. Little moments can have huge impacts.
Stay on top of your routine by starting one. We only make mistakes when we are rushing out of our doors – scurrying through stolen moments in time. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here’s the secret in the sauce! Productive people, organized people, calm people… plan ahead. And not in big, grand ways. Small strokes. Let’s go!
Get Your Calendar In Order
Calendars are one of the most useful tools needed to stay organized. You just need to take the time to fill them out! Whether it’s a digital calendar or a notebook planner, you should always keep them up-to-date and shared with the most important people in your life.
Otherwise, it’s practically impossible to stay on top of all your upcoming appointments. Nobody can retain that much information on their own.
Clear Out Your Fridge
Out of all the things to do on this list, cleaning out my fridge is my least favorite of these Sunday activities. But, truth be told, it really helps when everything available to you is fresh and unspoiled.
So, get rid of old leftovers and spoiled food. Check expiration dates and do a quick cleanse.
Besides, after you clear your fridge, you’ll have a clear understanding of what you need to buy and will be able to make a grocery list with ease.
Tidy Up Your Home
The last thing you want to do after a long tiring day of work is to come home and clean your entire house, right? That’s why it’s important to give your abode a nice “once over” every Sunday. It will give you a LEG UP and a fresh start.
Budget And Pay Your Bills
You also should set an approximate budget for the week. This is something I struggle with – not going to lie! But it’s really not about how much money you make. It’s more about how much money you SAVE.
By creating a budget that your household should stick to, you ensure that there is a clear understanding of where every dollar SHOULD GO. No surprises! You can download and use an expense tracking app here.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pay your bills. Here’s a Free Bill Payment Organizer Printable to help you get on your way.
Clean Out Your Inbox
Personally, I have to work on this DAILY – that’s how much of a digital detox I need. The amount of emails I receive is borderline criminal. Information overload.
If you don’t have time to work it into your schedule on a daily basis, be sure to set some time aside every Sunday and clear out your inbox. It will make you feel GREAT on Monday morning knowing that you don’t have any fires to put out online.
Pick Out Your Outfits
Your Sunday to do list could also include choosing your outfits for the next week. If seven days is just too much for you to handle, at least consider the next few days to help save yourself some time and energy.
The worst time suck in the morning is figuring out what to wear. Eliminate that issue and do a bit of pre-planning while you have some time on your hands.
Get To Bed Early
It sounds boring, I know! Especially considering you have a full week ahead of you filled with work. But it’s all about setting the right tone and getting enough sleep. Rest is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
There are so many ways to be kinder to our future selves and this is at the top of the list!
Use my Free Weekly Family Meal Planner Printable to help you jumpstart your meal planning sessions. Think ahead! Figure out what you have in your pantry, freezer, and fridge and work backwards.
What items can you make using the goods you already have at home. Save money and time. Squeeze in some leftover days. How about one night for takeout?
Spend less time during the week wondering what’s for dinner and more time with the people you love.
Write Down Your Goals
Formulating your goals is actually therapeutic, especially if you make it into a checklist and check each box as you achieve them. You will feel so proud of yourself as you walk through each accomplishment.
Think about your big goals, break them down into achievable steps, and write down the things you can do during this week that will bring you closer to your goals.
Here’s a look at some of the monthly goal posts I’ve published this past year:
- 15 June Goals I’m Setting For Myself This Year
- July Goals – How I Hold Myself Accountable During The Summer
- My Personal August Goals – New Month New Goals
- My Top September Goals – Setting Up Smart Wins For The Fall
- Setting my October Goals
- My top 5 November Goals
Get On Top Of Your Laundry
Clean house, clean fridge, and clean clothes – that’s the secret behind a successful week. I didn’t say Sunday would be FUN. I said it would be productive and set you up for a successful week. Trust me, you will have a much easier Monday-Friday if you check all these responsibilities off your list.
Deceive the “I’ll start a new life on Monday” system and start right now. Your body won’t see it coming.
But seriously, do a quick HIIT workout, go for a run or on a hike, or do a bit of yoga. Get active on Sunday and you’ll notice how easier it is to keep it up during the week.
Stretch out your back with a foam roller or a yoga wheel. My friend Susan wrote this Chirp Wheel review and swears rolling out her back for even five minutes helps so much.
Write out Monday Morning’s To-Do List
Monday is the least favorite weekday for many people. That’s just a fact. If this is the case for you – try to change that mindset because Monday just means a new beginning. Every single day is a new beginning! Remember that.
But Monday is the start of most people’s work week and so we do have to treat it a bit differently than other days. That’s why it’s important to have a to-do list specifically focused on what needs to be done for the week – starting with MONDAY.
What do you need to do starting on Monday morning? Write it all down. Don’t forget to include moments of joy sprinkled throughout. Your favorite coffee, meditations, morning stretches, you name it!
So here you have it – 12 things that will set the right tone for your week. They might seem like a lot of work, but if you get into a groove you will find that you can get this entire list done in an afternoon – leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend.
Out of these 12 things to do on Sunday, which do you think you will start to incorporate into your weekend routine?