I love Sundays.
My Sundays are typically pretty routine. I teach a 10:15 barre class, head over to the gym for a group upper body training session from there, and then either visit my family or knock out errands and chores. I also use my Sunday to get ready for the week ahead. Knocking out a few chores and tasks on a Sunday seems to make the week ahead flow much smoother.
Here are five things I do on Sunday to prep for Monday.
I have a lot more coming on meal prep, but I spend two or three hours every Sunday prepping meals for the week. It makes meal times so much easier throughout the week. I try to clean the kitchen as I go by rinsing dishes and putting them straight in the dishwasher. When I’m finished cooking, clean up is a breeze, and I can start the dishwasher, meaning I have all clean dishes to start my week.
Put The Laundry Away
The only chore I dislike more than dusting is putting away my laundry. I’ve learned the hard way that neglecting it only makes it a more time-consuming process when I finally get around to it. I do laundry on the weekends, and spend a half hour or so putting things away on Sunday evening. Not only does it ensure my clothes aren’t wrinkled from hanging out in the clothes basket for days on end, getting dressed in the mornings is so much easier without digging through baskets to find a specific shirt. If you have another chore you dislike, dedicate a half hour to it on Sunday – you won’t have to do it again for another seven days!
Organize Your Bag
I don’t know about you, but my everyday bag becomes a catchall throughout the week. In my case, I haul around a Lululemon bag that houses everything from my purse to my workout clothes to my lunch. As the week goes on, I toss in receipts, papers, a fifth tube of chapstick, a tenth ink pen, even protein bar wrappers. On Sunday evenings, I take five minutes to clean out my bag and start fresh. It’s always amazes me how much lighter my bag is to start the week!
Schedule Your Workouts
If something is on my calendar, I’m going to do it. The same goes for lists. Our workouts are written on the board at The Gym, and I have to finish them – even if it means finishing up later. Which is why I’ll be running a mile tonight – I ran out of time this morning. Every Sunday, I use my MindBody app to sign up for my training sessions, as well as any other workouts I want to sneak in that week. If it’s pre-scheduled (and paid for!), I’ll show up to it.
Set Your Intentions
If you only take away one of these tips, make it this one. Every Sunday night, I spend a few minutes with my journal and set my intentions and goals for the week ahead. It’s nothing fancy, just a bullet point list of goals I want to accomplish and an intention to have a great week. A few things from this week’s goal list:
- Run a mile three times
- Send an “opt-in” email to my email subscribers
- Finish Into The Water and start Present Over Perfect.
My intentions are more personal, usually a paragraph or so. I write down what I want from the week ahead, positive affirmations, maybe a Bible verse or quote to reference throughout the week. Whatever I need to set myself up for a successful week. The one consistent is that I always write “This week is going to be amazing. I’m grateful for all the blessings it holds.” I reiterate that statement when I journal each morning. Setting my intentions allows me to go to bed with a positive mindset and wake up ready to tackle a new week. As they say, you get back what you put out to the universe.
It may seem like a lot of “stuff” to do on a Sunday, but ultimately, I knock all of this out over the course of two or three hours, hours I’d probably spend sitting on the couch watching Netflix otherwise. I multitask, putting away laundry, organizing my bag, and scheduling my workouts while food simmers on the stove or roasts in the oven. I bring out my journal just before bed to set my goals and intentions. Sometimes that takes five minutes, other times it takes twenty.
When the occasion arises that I don’t get to tackle these things on a Sunday, Monday feels a little wonky. For me, it’s worth the time to set myself up for success for the week ahead. Plus, it helps ward off those Sunday blues!
How do you prepare for the week ahead?