In earlier posts, I talk about routines and discipline as a habit of successful women. It is very easy to get a little blue on Sunday, especially if you left a long week behind, or you went out on Saturday night and you haven’t had the time to recoup yet!
So, I consider Sunday as one of the most important days of the week. For me is a day when I recharge my batteries and it is definitely a day I try not to waste.
Sunday is the day when I try cultivating healthy habits to make sure the next 6 days I have coming up are the most productive and fulfilling days I have.
Here is a routine I try to adopt every Sunday and depending on what you want to achieve the next days you should do it too!
1. Sober UP (if you went out on Saturday)
Now this is something I don’t do anymore, or at I do it very rarely. Literally! But I have friends who still do it, therefore I thought I will add it to this post.
While it’s tempting to beat the Saturdays hangover on Sunday night with a bottle of wine, starting Monday with a hangover is not something that I would ever do if I want to make sure I get a productive Monday.
It just sets a negative tone for the rest of the week. You’re likely to fall behind on tasks and will feel exhausted for the rest of the week…
What you should try instead is either #SoberSundays or at least #moderateSunday.
My cleaning day is typically on Saturday. But, if you live in Illinois and it’s February and you get almost 70 degrees outside, you live cleaning for another day and you just go out and have fun an enjoy the sunshine!
So if you have not cleaned during the week, Sunday is a good day to do it. Clean the refrigerator and toss old food and leftovers. Clean your house, dust, do laundry, declutter what you can!
Scientifically it has been proven that physical clutter reduces our ability to focus and process information
3. Get Rest
There is nothing worse to wake up on Monday morning and to feel like you haven’t slept for an entire week.
If you wake up feeling sleep-deprived and exhausted,, the week ahead feels like an impossible-to-climb mountain, and all you want to do is hide under the covers and not to get out of your house. You know what I’m talking about!
If you have plans on Sunday night, make sure they get you to bed early enough so you can get enough sleep and wake adequately rested..
4. Do Something Unproductive
Now I know that the goal is to be productive in anything we do, but you want to have some fun too, so why not doing something that is fun but unproductive?
This could be something like watching a movie, one of your favorite housewives shows on Bravo (I am addicted), spending some time with friends, or just taking a bubble bath.
It’s nice to do something fun because once Monday comes the work week starts and life goes back to obligations.
So if you want to avoid burnout, allowing some time to enjoy yourself is critical!
5. Prep Yourself For The Upcoming Week
If Sunday night approaches and you suffer from Sunday-night anxiety, one way to cope is to ignore whatever it is you’ll face come Monday. Do you want to do that? Can you afford to ignore your responsibilities? I didn’t think so!
Mapping out the week will actually lessen your anxiety because it will help you feel in control.
When I talk about prepping I refer to reviewing your upcoming schedule to ensure there are no surprises and to give yourself time to prep for stressful events.
I also refer to prepping your food and your wardrobe! Now this may seem such a nerdy thing to do but picking out your clothes for the week will shave off significant time that you waste every morning trying to figure out what to wear! The same goes for your meals too!
Planning and preparing ahead will save you both time and money!
6. Set Goals
You need to have a schedule or an idea of what you want to accomplish in the upcoming week.
Your goals should be specific and attainable! They should be congruent with your larger goals! For ex.: you want to do 200 crunches a day but you haven’t worked out in 2 years. Do you start with 200? I would not recommend it but if you start with 100 (or as many as you can) and you keep adding more every day, soon you will be able to do the 200 crunches or more. This is congruent with your larger goal of getting healthy and living a healthy life.
You should set a goal for your professional life, one for your personal life, and one for something else.
Try not to set more than three goals in any given week so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Write down your goals and stick them somewhere where they are the first thing you see in the morning!
You know when you leave your house for a longer period and you unplug things so they don’t consume energy while you are away? You should do the same thing with yourself, except you unplug from anything that is digital!
It is easier said than done, but it is healthy! You don’t have to do a whole day of digital detox! God knows I can’t either! But, if you unplug just for a little bit, maybe a few hours, you will definitely feel mentally and physically better! So no phones, no iPads, no computers, and no TV for a couple of hours!
I hope you find these tips as useful as I have! Try them and let me know about your experience!
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