12 Things to Add to Your Sunday Routine

12 Things to Add to Your Sunday Routine

We have all heard the same type of feedback from the super organized; make the Sunday routine your day to get organized for the week.

I think to some extent we all follow this rule of thumb generically.

We may finish up the laundry, do a little meal prep, and maybe get around to some deeper cleaning.

So we prep on Sunday yet by Wednesday our homes are a mess, we have already ordered take out, the laundry is piled up again, and our sanity is officially gone until our next full day off.

Staying productive throughout the week starts and end with preparation.

The more prepared you are the better your week will flow, but no one wants to spend their entire day off just getting ready for a week of work.

So the idea is to work harder not smarter by figuring out what types of preparations are not only going to skyrocket your productivity for the week but preparations that will not take up your entire day off as well.

The following list doesn’t need to take more than two hours of your Sunday!

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01 | CHECK YOUR BANK ACCOUNT

Every Sunday take the time to check where you are financially for the week. Make a plan accordingly so there are no overspending slip-ups.

Then make a plan with your budget.

For example, I have only $20 this week to spend so I will treat myself to coffee in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday and on Friday I will eat out for lunch at work with my co-workers.

02 | WRITE AN ACTION PLAN FOR YOUR GOALS

We all write down our to-do’s, yet most times we never complete them because we haven’t created a detailed action plan.

Write down a to-do for the week, but also write HOW you are going to complete the to-do and WHEN.

For example- “Get the oil changed.” Change that from “get oil changed” to this: Go to Firestone on Tuesday at 8:30 am before work at 9:30 to get the oil changed in the car.

You will be surprised how much more accountable you become to actually finishing your to-do list with this tactic.

03 | TIME BLOCK YOUR CALENDAR

You have now figured out your action to-do-list and added them to your calendar. Now it is time to reflect more specifically on how you need your week to flow.

Write down you and your families work and school schedules and extra functions you may need to attend.

Start to time block your day.

If you wake up at 5:00 am from 5-6 am let’s say you go for a run, then from 6-7 you make breakfast and get lunches prepared, etc.

Think about what a preset week could do for your sanity.

Not saying you have to be this specific on your calendar, but if you find yourself easily overwhelmed mid-week maybe time-blocking your week is worth a try.

 

04 | HAVE A 10 MINUTE PHONE DETOX

We spend so much time on our phones, take 10 minutes and delete bad photos, emails, downloads, old texts, voicemails and start fresh for the week.

05 | CREATE A MENU FOR THE WEEK

You may know what you are making for dinner on Tuesday but does everyone else know?

Have a weeks worth of meals planned out in advance and written down for everyone to see.

This will help you know what to pull out of the freezer in the morning and stop having everyone hound you with that inevitable question, “what’s for dinner?”

06 | MAKE A GOAL FOR THE WEEK

With the mounds of responsibility we have during the week, it is easy to bypass any personal development or happiness goals.

Take a moment on Sunday to reflect on something you would like to do or like to achieve this week that is about you, not everyone else.

Maybe it is to sit back and read a book, or maybe to try a new yoga class or to go out to lunch with an old friend.

Make sure to carve out a moment between the soccer games and grocery shopping to fulfill yourself.

07 | FIX A CHALLENGING AREA OF YOUR HOME

Every Sunday you have an opportunity to do something you just can’t fit in during the week. Take one challenging area of your home and add it to your Sunday routine to clean and organize it.

Whether it is the mail pile, the overflowing desk, the unorganized drawer, etc.

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08 | CLEAN OUT ALL BAGS

We heavily rely on these items throughout the week and they very quickly get dirty, filled with trash, and get unorganized.

Take ten minutes to go through and organize these things to get you set up for the week.

09 | CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE

The fridge ends up being one of the most germ-filled places in our kitchens (hello defrosting chicken…yuck).

Take a moment to disinfect the surfaces, drawers, and handles.

Straighten up the food you have, toss old food, and prepare anything you can in advance.

Nothing will make your week go by smoother than to be able to grab what you need for lunches in a quick minute.

10 | HANDLE ONE PROCRASTINATED TASK

If you have been procrastinating about a bunch of things, and they are now overwhelming you, take just one off of your list on your Sunday routine.

Whether that is a phone call you need to make, research on something you need to do, or to finally hang up those pictures on the wall, find one thing and make it happen.

11 | WASH YOUR LINENS

Use Sunday as a way to get all the sheets, blankets, and towels clean. The loads will take a lot less time to put in and to put away. Leave the clothes for a different day since that takes much longer to complete.

12 | GIVE YOURSELF A MINI MAKEOVER

Do a facial mask, a hair mask, paint your nails, tweeze, etc. You will feel and look your best giving you a confidence boost to take on a new week.

Even if your Sunday routine is not actually on Sunday, the day off before you start a new week is the day to press reset on everything. Don’t let a lack of preparation lead you to a midweek meltdown.

With a little Sunday routine, you can find that smooth week you have been looking for.

Happy Decluttering!

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