7 PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO EVERY SUNDAY FOR AN AMAZING WEEK
Who doesn’t like Sundays? The only day out of the week when you can
sleep in without worrying about being late for work, stay all day in your pj’s not caring if your shoes much your outfit, binge-watching Netflix all morning and not feeling guilty about it.
Sundays are very fun until … someone reminds you that: “TOMORROW IS MONDAY”!
Really? Did you have to do that?
On Sundays, also, it seems like the clock is ticking faster than any other day!
I can’t be the only one feeling that way!
Without even noticing, Sunday has come to an end… and you realize that… you are NOT EVEN PREPARED for the week ahead of you. The clothes you wanted to wear on Monday are still in the laundry, you have a bunch of papers to finish for work- that you didn’t even touch, you have no idea what you are going to cook tomorrow, you didn’t even start the book you promised yourself you are going to read this weekend. And just like that, you start complaining about how quickly the weekend went by, you are thinking about how much you hate Mondays and wishing to be Friday again.
However, there are still five days till Friday. And there IS actually a way of making those five days as much fun as Sunday. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t believe that an actual workday could ever be as good as a Sunday, as long as you are not a workaholic or… on a vacation! But, let me tell you, my friends. There are ALWAYS, and no, I am not screaming – I just want to stress this out – there are always things you can do to experience a better week and, therefore, a better life.
There are many kinds of people. Which one are you?
Some people hate Mondays more than anything. Some do not necessarily dislike Mondays until they realize they are not as prepared as they wanted to be for them. Then, there are the workaholics, who try to get done as much work as they can on Sunday, and don’t get the amount of sleep and relaxation they need for the next week. And then again, there are the people that just HAVE THEIR LIFE TOGETHER, not screaming again, but I am probably a little bit jealous of those people.
And we have to admit … we all are, even if it’s a little bit.
Have you ever looked at someone and wondered: “How is he so organized?” Well, let me tell you a secret. There are no magic filters for this. You can do it too. Just by doing some small things every Sunday that will probably take you less than two hours, so you can still watch a few more episodes on Netflix, I got your back.
So, without further ado, in today’s post, I will get through seven things you can do every Sunday to make your life easier and get prepared for all the challenges of the upcoming week.
1. Give yourself an extra hour of sleep in the morning
Don’t feel guilty to sleep-in on Sundays. After all, that’s what Sundays are for. However, if you have trouble waking up before midday, I would kindly recommend setting an alarm clock. There are many things you can get done on Sunday morning, but sleeping is unfortunately not one of them.
2. Catch up on unfinished duties
I am not the kind of person that will tell you that you have to work on a Sunday. However, no matter how much we hate to admit that, we all have some: “I will do it on Sunday” duties.
With that being said, I recommend getting those duties done as early in the day as possible. As they say, the sooner, the better. And given the fact that your favorite show on Netflix won’t wait for too long, I recommend listening to what they say.
3. Review last week
It may doesn’t sound so important, but reviewing the last week will help you understand what went well, what didn’t go as planned, what you need to improve, so that next week is better.
Some questions you can ask yourself are:
What did I achieve this week?
Don’t try to compare yourself to others when answering this question. What might seem important to you may seem less important to others and the opposite. This is a personal question and should be treated as a personal one. Make sure you are honest and fair with yourself because this is the only way you will improve.
What went wrong?
Don’t be too harsh on yourself on this. The aim is not to punish ourselves but to better ourselves. And only by understanding and admitting your weaknesses will you get forward. Also, before shaming yourself for something that didn’t go as planned, remember that there are certain things we don’t have control over.
What can I do to improve those things next week?
Understanding what went wrong is one thing but doing something to change it is another. Again, don’t be too harsh on yourself. Changes cannot happen overnight. Allow yourself the time it needs and get there slowly. Start with writing down the little things in your daily life that you want to start doing differently from the next week.
4. Plan, plan, plan
Planning over the week, writing down the tasks I need to complete, and the deadlines I have to stick to is probably the reason why I love Sundays so much. I know that many people don’t find it as fascinating as I do, but one thing is for sure. It will save you SO much time during the week- actually more than you think it will.
- TO DO LIST
You can start by writing down your TO DO list and organize your tasks into different days.
My top favourite app to do this is Google Calendar but there are many more apps to do this out there.
Obviously, new things will occur during the week because, as we said before, life is spontaneous-and we want it to remain that way. However, having a brief idea of what your week will look like will help you get more things done in less amount of time without you even noticing.
- WORK/SCHOOL PLAN
You can also make a plan for work or school with all the deadlines and projects you have to complete, as well as a plan for the chores that need to get done.
- MEAL PLANNING
Another thing that will save you time during the week is meal planning. Planning your weekly meals doesn’t necessarily mean cooking everything from Sunday. However, you can make a brief plan of when you are going to cook each meal.
- GROCERY LIST
And with that being said, don’t forget your grocery list!
5. Set goals
Don’t go for fancy things here. To give you an example, one of the goals I set last week was to make my bed as soon as I get up. As Saul Bellow says: “Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps”. And hearing that from such as a successful man that he is, we better follow his advice.
6. Relax & Recharge
This is your time. The time you can spend on your own, with your family or a good friend. Just do anything from meditating and getting lost in a good book to getting some fresh air and watching a movie that will help you relax and recharge your batteries for the long week ahead of you.
7. Go to bed early
Entering the new week well-rested is very crucial. The busier the week gets, the more difficult it is to keep track of your sleeping schedule. I know the struggle. Going to bed at a reasonable time each Sunday will help you make up for the lost sleeping hours.