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5 Things You Can Do on Sundays to Rock the Week Ahead

Mondays are rough and starting a new week can be daunting. Whether you’re an executive, a student, or a stay-at-home mom, we’ve all got our own version of stress. Add disorganization to the mix and that stress multiplies causing us to lose control of our week and sacrifice our success.

With some planning, decision-making and a little elbow grease, you can guarantee yourself less stress and more productivity. Here are a few suggestions for things you can do on Sundays to help you have a great week:

Review Your Schedule

See what’s coming up that week and be as detailed as possible with your planner. Deadlines, meetings, appointments, birthdays, anything at all you want to keep top of mind for the days ahead. This is also the time to update your planner and schedule any personal goals you want to accomplish such as your workouts, getting a massage or even a date night. If you manage the calendar for your household, keep your family informed and don’t forget to delegate!

Meal Prep

This means plan out your weekly menu, make a grocery list, shop for ingredients, prep and cook dishes that will keep all week. Things like lasagnas, casseroles, bean salads, chopped veggies and fruits and overnight oats are all good options. You can store them in the fridge so they’re ready to pack up for lunches and snacks, and a go-to for quick dinners. If you’re not into leftovers for dinner, having ideas and ingredients on hand will help you get healthy meals on the table faster instead of resorting to takeout.

Plan Outfits

Check the forecast to choose appropriate attire and put some pieces together. You don’t have to go so far as to plan what you’re going to wear on what day, but having your options in one section of the closet will save a lot of time in the mornings. Planning outfits ahead also gives you that extra time to experiment with different looks and pair accessories with your clothing (something you might not be able to do during the morning rush.) Overall, you’ll feel more put together and polished with a little planning.

Tidy Up

Nothing adds stress to a hectic week more than messy surroundings. Take time on Sundays to declutter and straighten up. At a minimum do a sweep of each room to put things in their place. Focus on your entryway (the first thing you’ll see when you walk through the door) and put away shoes, mail and anything else that’s lying around. Make sure your living spaces are neat and comforting. After a long day, coming home to a tidy place will help you relax and unwind.

Go to Bed

We can’t stress enough the importance of a good night’s sleep. Without enough quality sleep, your mind and body suffer. In addition, the strain on your health, your work productivity, quality and relationships are also affected. Trying to get through your week sleep deprived is a struggle. You’re sure to hit a wall sooner than later and exhaustion can lead to illness. Do your best to get to bed on time all week long so you can be at your best.

Wishing you a great and successful week!