Sunday is the perfect day to reset your mind, body, and soul after a busy week and prepare for the week ahead.
You don’t have to spend your entire Sunday dreading Monday. I love Mondays! Every Monday is an opportunity for a fresh start.
There are several things you can do on Sunday that are guaranteed to start your week off right. You never have to start Monday feeling behind again.
Things to do on Sunday guaranteed to start your week off right
Below is a list of things to do on Sunday that will give you an amazing jumpstart to your week. Pick the ones that resonate the most. They are all impactful.
1 // Get your mind right
The mind is powerful. Your thoughts determine everything from how you feel to what kind of results you produce in your life.
If you start your week with the wrong mindset, you can throw off your entire week. The great thing is that you control your thoughts, not anyone else.
Learn how to manage your mind and pay attention to all of the positive changes that occur as a result.
Start by choosing one positive affirmation to repeat to yourself over and over again throughout the week.
2 // Spend time with family
The human experience is all about connection. We were not made to go through life alone. Even as an introvert I recognize this.
We love to attend church together as a family on Sunday morning. Even better is having lunch together afterward.
When you live near extended family, you can make Sunday lunch a weekly or monthly habit. It’s a great opportunity to connect.
3 // Plan for the week ahead
Stop dreading Monday by planning for the week ahead on Sunday. Take note of any upcoming appointments and make a to-do list.
Map out what you need to accomplish during the week and create an action plan to achieve the result you want.
This one simple step will change your life in and of itself. It’s so much easier to get things done when you plan ahead instead of trying to decide what you will do at the time.
4 // Do a weekly check-in
Evaluate your productivity levels and goal progress regularly, so you can make changes before you get too far off track.
Ask yourself what’s working and what isn’t. Think of anything that might hold you back from creating the results you want.
Use this time of introspection to celebrate how far you’ve come, and decide what you need to tweak moving forward.
5 // Prioritize your tasks
Your priorities should guide how you spend your time. If not, you will lack purpose and direction.
Wouldn’t you rather end your day knowing you spent your time in the best way possible?
You can do this by categorizing your tasks by priority, then adding them to your calendar in order of priority.
Let’s say your number one priority is your health.
Add your meals and workouts to your calendar before anything else, so it’s guaranteed to get done.
6 // Clean out your inbox
I recommend that you clean out your inbox daily, but you should do it once a week at the very least.
Delete or unsubscribe from junk mail, sort emails you want to keep into folders, and flag emails you need to respond to Monday morning.
An overflowing inbox is not something you need hanging over your head. Regular maintenance helps to keep it from getting out of control.
7 // Set goals
Goals are important because they provide a roadmap for creating the life you desire. Wanting something isn’t enough. You have to take steps to make it happen.
Long-term goals are great, but you need to break them down into a manageable list of actions to go from dreaming to doing.
Your yearly goals can be dissected into monthly goals, which can then be divided into weekly goals.
This makes your goals much less overwhelming and increases the likelihood that you will actually achieve them.
Set aside time on Sunday to determine which actions you need to take throughout the week to get you closer to your goals.
8 // Order groceries
This is a relatively new habit for me that I just love!
I used to spend hours planning out meals, making grocery lists, and walking the aisles of the grocery store.
Grocery pick-up saves me so much time and money. If you follow me on Instagram, I have talked about this a LOT.
Each Sunday afternoon or evening, I plan our meals and place an order online to be picked up after I drop my kids off at school on Monday morning.
9 // Balance the budget
This is another habit that I recommend daily, and at the very least once a week. I’d rather you do it once a week than not at all.
Start the week knowing what’s in your bank account and pay all the bills that are due during that pay period.
Update your budget by logging all of your transactions and deducting them from the proper categories.
This article will show you why you need a budget and how to start one, but keeping up with it once you create it is the key to your success.
10 // Decide what to wear
Anything you can do to reduce the number of decisions you need to make when you’re getting ready in the morning should be done the day before.
Deciding what to wear can become such a chore. Set aside your outfit for each day of the week at the beginning of the week to streamline your morning routine.
Only choose clothes you know you love and that make you feel amazing when you wear them.
11 // Tidy up your home
Give yourself the gift of waking up to a clean and tidy space on Monday morning.
Before you go to bed on Sunday night, make sure everything is in its place.
Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, straighten the couch pillows, clear the countertops, put the laundry away, and have your kids pick up their toys.
When you wake up to a messy house at the start of the week, it makes you feel like you’re already behind schedule before you begin.
Instead, wake up to a clean slate and ready for a fresh start.
12 // Clear out the clutter
A disorganized space is a catalyst for stress.
Make a list of spaces in your home that you need to declutter and use Sunday afternoon to tackle one item on the list.
It could be as simple as cleaning out your junk drawer, or you could dedicate a couple of hours to cleaning out your garage.
Whatever it is, choose the areas that you have ignored for far too long and make a plan to get it done little by little.
13 // Write in your journal
Sometimes all you need to do to relieve stress is to get your thoughts out of your head and on paper. Set a timer for five minutes and write freely.
Don’t pay attention to grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Write whatever comes to mind.
You’d be surprised at what ideas will come out of you if you just let your thoughts flow.
Take note of any negative thoughts you need to address and any recurring themes that might lead you to your next big goal or creative passion.
14 // Get outside
Take advantage of nice weather when you have it and go for a walk or sit outside and read a book.
You could also use this time to rake leaves or plant flowers in your garden.
Spending time in nature is a great way to boost creativity and release stress. We spend way too much time indoors, especially during the winter months.
Make an effort to get outside on the weekend and have some fun.
15 // Rest and relax
People are busier today than ever before. Since the advent of technology we rarely have the opportunity to disconnect.
Sunday is the perfect time to put your smartphone in the other room and allow yourself to rest and relax.
Read a piece of fiction, watch a movie with your spouse, or take a nap. You have to add downtime to your schedule, or you will quickly burn out.
16 // Self-care
Self-care does not always equal bath bombs. All of the items included in this list count toward self-care.
This time, I’m actually talking about bath bombs, though.
Designate Sunday as your self-care day and take an extra-long shower or bubble bath.
Wash, condition, and blow out your hair. Shave all the things. Exfoliate your skin.
If you’re a mom of young kids, ask your husband to keep an eye on them while you spend this time on yourself.
You will feel so refreshed when you’re finished and ready to start your week on a high note.
17 // Go to bed early
There is nothing worse than waking up on Monday morning and rushing around because you’re already running behind.
Get in bed early on Sunday night and go to sleep at a decent hour.
Set your alarm a little bit earlier on Monday morning, so you can implement a good morning routine.
Your morning routine is one of the most important routines of your day. Don’t skip it.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep on Sunday night, so you can start Monday morning off on the right foot and have an amazing week.
Now, it’s your turn
There are so many things to do on Sunday that will start your week on a positive note. Don’t try to cram all of these things in at once, though.
Choose a few key habits to implement each week and rotate through the rest as needed. This list is meant to give you ideas.
Please don’t feel like you have to implement everything in one day.
You want to choose things to do on Sunday that will decrease stress, not increase it.
I want you to experience waking up Monday morning truly ready to conquer your day because you took the time to prepare for the week ahead.
It’s an amazing feeling!