So I had planned for this post to go up first thing this morning, writing and scheduling it was at the top of my to-do list for Sunday and then my Sunday was a kind of hijacked so I’ve spent most of today playing catch-up, and here we are. Which is a tad funny considering the entire post is about how to have a productive Sunday to kick off your week on the right foot.
I love Sunday fun day as much as the next person and have definitely been known to enjoy an all day brunch with friends but I’ve also found that the best way to kick off your week on the right foot is spending Sunday getting sh*t done. It’s amazing how a few simple additions to my Sunday can make such a huge difference in pretty much every aspect of my week! Here are a few things I’ve found make my Monday a lot less miserable.
Grocery Shopping // Most of the time my refrigerator is embarrassingly empty, the only things you’ll usually find in there is a couple of lemons, some mustard and a to-go container of some sort. I am an epic failure when it comes to grocery shopping, but when I take a little bit of time on Sundays to meal plan and get my butt to the grocery store it makes all the difference. Not only do I feel a million times better throughout the week, because I’m eating more produce and home cooked meals, I also save a ton of money on takeout!
Cleaning // Starting the week with a clean apartment makes all the difference for me, I feel so much more relaxed and focused in an organized space. I also don’t end up being so frustrated by the lack of organization that halfway through the week at 11:30 at night I end up spending 2 hours cleaning and organizing. everything in sight (which happens more than I care to admit, last night included). Spending some time cleaning, organizing and doing laundry helps me to set the tone for the week. When I’m organized and there’s no clutter distracting me I can keep a clear mind and stay focused.
Look at the calendar // Something I started doing while I was at Target was checking my calendar and inbox on Sunday night right after dinner and it has made all the difference. I take a look at my calendar for the week and make a to-do list then take a few minutes to go through my inbox so on Monday morning I’m not completely overwhelmed. Once that’s done I’ll add anything else to my to-do list that wasn’t on my calendar and prioritize what needs to be done first thing on Monday and what can wait till later in the week!
Get Moving // If I skip a run on Sundays I can almost promise you I’m going to run less (if at all) for the rest of the week. I don’t know what it is about it but getting myself up and moving on a Sunday but it helps motivate me to keep it going and exercise more consistently throughout the week! If I’m not in a training plan for a race then I’ll spend some time booking classes I’m going to take ahead of time to make sure my workouts are scheduled for the week. I’ve found that making exercise a priority clears my mind and helps me focus more, be more productive and sleep better during the week!
Head to bed early // This one is probably the most important one for me. When I get into bed early and get a solid night sleep so I can wake up early on Monday it is a total game changer for the rest of the week. I try to unplug and get into bed on the early side on Sundays, leaving technology in my living room and grabbing a book helps me to unwind and get into the right mindset to kick off the week on the right foot.