There is a saying that goes “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” and I am a firm believer in this philosophy! For the last few years, I have made a point of taking some time every Sunday to plan out the week to come. Does this mean that everything always flows smoothly and goes according to my plan? Absolutely not, but by taking the time to review my calendar and doing a few simple tasks, even if I am thrown a curve ball during the week, my week is much less likely to completely unravel. This planning doesn’t have to take an enormous amount of time or complicated systems to complete, but the benefits are many, so maybe give some of these suggestions a try tonight and see if it helps your week run a little smoother.
- Check your calendar for anything out of the ordinary. This could include birthdays/anniversaries, assignments that are due, projects, children’s activities, spouse/significant other’s activities…you get the picture. Now is the time to transfer these things over to your personal planner/calendar and make sure everyone is on the same page for the upcoming week.
- After transferring dates to your calendar, write any upcoming gifts/cards you need to purchase, project materials you are lacking or anything other than food that you need to pick up for the next week.
- When filling in your calendar, make sure and write in some time for self-care..something as small as 15 minutes a day will add up to almost 2 hours at the end of the week.
- Also, make sure you plan in some time for physical activity for the upcoming week.
- Make a meal plan and grocery list. After getting a general idea of your commitments for the upcoming week, you can better plan out your meals. One thing that has helped me in this regard is to have a regular plan for certain days of the week. For example, Mondays are CrockPot or InstaPot meals, Tuesdays are ground beef, Wednesdays are breakfast, Thursdays are chicken or fish, Fridays are leftovers, Saturdays they are at their dad’s, and Sundays are homemade pizza night. After coming up with a meal plan make out a grocery list and make sure you have everything needed for all meals you have planned.
- Roughly plan your wardrobe (and your younger children’s wardrobe) for the upcoming week. Make sure everything is clean, mended and pressed if needed. Many people do laundry on Sundays, this has never worked out for me. But remember, systems are personal, and you need to find what works best for your particular stage of life.
- I use Sundays to pick up around the house after a weekend of activities. De-cluttering major clutter spots (mine are the kitchen counters and my car)and making sure things are returned to their rightful home goes a long way in giving me peace of mind to face a new week.
- Get finances in order. I always balance my checkbook on Sunday nights and file away any stray receipts. I review my budget and make any adjustments, and review what bills are due during the upcoming week.
- Fill your car up with gas…not something you realize you need when you are trying to get to work or school Mondy morning!
While Sundays do mark the end of your weekend and the beginning of the new work week, by implementing a few of these suggestions you can make Sundays one of your most productive days and prepare as much as possible for the week ahead.