There’s a reason it’s not called “A Case of the Fridays.” Mondays can be rough, especially after an eventful weekend. While you may be tempted to use Sunday as a couch potato day, hear us out. Even if it’s just a few hours in the evening, there are a handful of things you can do to set yourself up for success on Monday. Samantha is here with seven great ideas to help ease the transition back into the week.
1. Grocery shop + meal prep
It’s our Sunday routine to grocery shop. Each Sunday morning, after we’ve had our coffee, we sit down and look at our schedule for the week. Our goal is to cook a minimum of four days a week, ideally five or six. Then I peruse my favorite cooking blogs and Pinterest for meals that are healthy and inspiring. If I’m excited about what we’re cooking, it makes it more of a fun to-do rather than a task. On Sundays, I like to make something in a big batch like this Green Goddess Quinoa Bowl, and set aside enough for lunches throughout the week. I map it out on my meal planner, and pack them in my cute individual storage containers. It might seem extra, but I swear it helps.
2. Do laundry
Trust me when I say this, but there’s no better way to wake up on a Monday morning than with clean sheets and clean towels. It’s a small thing that can make a big difference to the start of your week. I swear by Parachute’s Squeaky Clean bundle for my bedding and towels. You can get it with a gentle lavender scent that makes you feel like you’re in a spa.
3. Map out your wardrobe for the week
Now, you don’t have to go all Cher Horowitz status with the computer matching system, but it definitely helps prepare you for the week if you map out what you’ll be wearing. Get a cute notebook or wall calendar that you can make notes on for the week ahead. Might as well since you already have a stack of clean laundry, right?
4. Put everything in its place
As a mom of a 2-year-old, there’s nothing that starts my day off in a frenzy more than waking up to a messy house. Before you call it a night, put all the clutter back in its place and take out the trash. It’s a total shift in your mindset when you wake up to messy surroundings vs. an organized space. Do this every night if you can, but always make it a habit to do it on Sunday.
5. Make a playlist
I love making a playlist on Sunday night for two reasons:
- It forces you to get off Instagram and accomplish something rewarding.
- There’s nothing better than listening to your absolute favorite song with the windows down in the morning.
If you’re a commuter, having a playlist of music you know you love will help ease the pain of that Monday morning rush hour. It also helps you decide what your intentions are for Monday. Are you hyper-focused? Are you feeling super positive and upbeat? Are you ready to work out and kick your booty? If you need a starting point, we’ve got some pretty groovy playlists ready for you.
6. Implement one new healthy habit
You know how they say it takes 21 days to form a new habit? Each Sunday, try implementing one new healthy habit into your daily routine.
- Week 1 – Buy a bag of lemons and start drinking warm water with lemon as soon as you wake up.
- Week 2 – Wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal.
- Week 3 – Implement a 5-minute nighttime yoga routine before bed.
..and so on, and so on. Soon, these new tasks will become habits and you’ll start feeling better and better.
7. Put the phones away
As soon as Monday hits, you’ll be glued to multiple screens as it is. Turn off all screens and put your phone away for an hour before bedtime. There’s nothing worse than checking your inbox on a Sunday night and immediately feeling stressed before the week even starts. No one expects you to answer emails on a Sunday, so the same can go for social media as well.
On the flipside, if it has been a rough one, check out this post on 5 Ways To Reset + Refresh After A Hard Week.