Mary Bryce shares a poignant reminder to not overlook your Sunday routine. Her tips for making the most of this weekly kick-starter are below!
Sunday evening is the best day to do a total reset for the week. Coming in at the tail end of the weekend, with fewer social obligations (can you even remember the last time someone asked you to hang out on a Sunday night?), people generally seem to appreciate Sunday as one of the few days of the week when you can actually take time to focus on getting your life together.
Even if you have commitments—sometimes even booking three free hours for yourself (especially in the evening)—can make all the difference in how smoothly your week can start. Here are a few things we like to do on Sundays that make that Monday transition much easier.
- Clean the house while making phone calls: One of the best things you can do while cleaning is put a family member or friend who you need to catch up with on speakerphone while scrubbing the bathtub. Multitasking will make things infinitely more enjoyable and time will fly.
- Cook for the week: Make a large pot of soup or other staples such as rice and roasted vegetables that can be the base of many meals throughout the week. If you’re really ahead of the game, you can plan your lunches and breakfasts and even prep your Tupperware so that you can just grab and go all week long. Put on an inspirational TED talk or podcast to make your meal prep go by that much faster.
- Outfit plan: Even though most of us like our clothes to “express our personalities,” this often comes with added stress when you’re just trying to get out the door on time. If looking put-together is a priority for you, consider planning what you’ll wear ahead of time and go the extra mile of hanging each outfit in the order of what day you’ll wear it. Not only will you feel better and look better (even on your busiest days), but this also allows for more breathing room in the morning.
- Check your checking account: Sunday is an ideal time to look through your checking account and make sure that there are no fraudulent charges on your account, plus you can remember how much you overspent last week. If you’re feeling extra on top of things, you can make a plan for your weekly spending, revisit your budget and make sure you’ve paid all your bills.
- Enjoy a good, long soak: Take a long bath or a luxurious shower on Sunday. Use this as some time to attend to important self-care such as washing your hair, doing your nails and making sure that your external appearance is just the way you like it.
- Spend more time with someone you love: Finally, getting on top of your week on Sunday night gives you some flexibility to spend time with friends, your significant other or family, and ultimately pad your week with a little more ease than you finished it with.