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Adulting + Tips for Sunday Preperation

Sunday scaries are real, and this past Sunday I had them bad. Being sick and unable to accomplish everything I wanted to made Monday seem like a horrible hump to get over. (#realtalk) Matt and I finally started to get our act together after watching the Packers lose at home, which is another reason my week had another less than stellar start. But with a little Sunday preparation, I felt a lot better!

Sunday preparation

Why Sunday Preparation?

One of the things that I’ve done since graduating is to set aside specific time to prepare for my coming week. Even when we have guests I take the time to do laundry, prep my breakfast and lunches, and look at my to-do list for the week.

It makes me feel like I know what’s coming, and I rarely feel blind-sided by something. I’m also able to work in other things because I know what’s going on.

Food preparation

  1. Boil eggs: I boil 10 eggs for my breakfasts in the morning. I have two eggs a day, and it’s great protein to start my day! Doing this ahead of time saves me time in the mornings.
  2. Cut up peppers and veggies: We saute a lot of veggies with our meals, and so  this makes it way easier to start and finish dinner
  3. Prep for slow cooker meal: I’ve been trying out different recipes, like meatballs and chili so that we have to do less work. As the week goes on neither of us really wants to cook. By making a slower cooker meal, we can save the left overs for dinner and lunch.
  4. Cook chicken: For extra protein, we add chicken to our lunches! Matt gets really creative with his spice mixtures (thinking maybe he does a blog post on his favorite combinations)

I don’t prep my salads because we use reusable salad containers, and it only takes me three minutes to throw my salad together in the morning.

Blog/Work Preparation

  1. Create bullet journal layout for the next week: My layouts are Monday – Sunday, and so I take the time to create my week.
  2. Fill in: I look at what is coming up on the blog, what’s going on at night, and what tasks I have for work each day.
  3. Schedule work: Once I know what I need to do, I schedule that out for the night and weekends

Knowing what I have to do each day is great, and I can add things as I go!

Chores

  1. Finish laundry
  2. Do the dishes
  3. Pick up your shoes, clothes and random objects, actually put them away.

Getting these little things done will make your week so much better when you don’t have to think about cleaning up what happened that weekend. (Whether it be the leftovers from a wild party or that Netflix binge that got out of hand).

Mental Preparations

I can have everything done, but still the last thing I want to do is go to work. Watching a good show, or snuggling up next to Matt on the couch generally makes me feel better! If nothing else, I go to bed early with book which is my favorite thing to do before I fall asleep.

The most important thing is to have a positive attitude when you wake up the next morning, so if I know I might be cranky, I save an inspirational photo from Pinterest to read the next morning!

 

The biggest take away is that adding in 2 hours of Sunday preparation can really set you up for success for the rest of your week. Just like a great morning routine, a little work on Sunday will allow you to be more productive during the week!

What do you do on Sunday to make life a little easier?

xoxo

Ashley

 

 

The Wandering Brunette
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  • I’d LOVE to hear or see more about your bullet journal!

    • I’ve got it coming up, I am really nervous to share because it’s definitely not perfect. I really do love it, it’s just a lot of work on weeks when I’m crazy busy!

  • Such a great post! My fiance and I have been LOVING crockpot recipes. I always cook up hard boiled eggs on Sunday too because they are so easy to grab protein/a healthy snack on the go!

    Mindy II AMIXOFMIN.COM

    • Crockpot recipes are seriously the best! My favorite right now is lemon pepper chicken and chili!

  • Sydney Power

    I love to get myself organized and prepped for the week. It helps so much and allows me to relaxing on weeknights

  • I need to get better with prepping in advance! I am so chaotic and shooting from the hip!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • Hahaha Rachel I love “shooting from the hip”! It’s been so long since I’ve heard that!

  • I totally agree with this- I also write dates and assignments in my agenda to get it organized for the week!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    • That’s definitely something that I did in college and high school!

  • I always prep for the week on Sundays too! It’s so helpful to get myself in the right mindset for the week.

    • The right mindset is so helpful! I hate feeling unprepared!

  • gosh I should really start doing this!

    • It doesn’t need to be this extensive, just a 30 minutes can be so helpful!

  • I always have a “lazy sunday” meaning I sit around in pajamas and plan out my week! Although I’m (hopefully) mentally prepping all the time.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • I love that! we do a lazy Saturday because we have church on Sunday mornings!

  • Dang girl! I wish I could get all of this done on a Sunday! Usually I just lay around and dread that Monday is coming hahaha.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Girl I am so with you!! !I try and get a lot done on Sundays!!!

    http://xoxobella.com

  • I honestly do no prep for the week, but reading this has me inspired to try it! Sundays are usually my day off so this is perfect!

  • mckenna bleu

    Love this post, I’m in major need of organization in my life so this is perfect!

    • It’s the little things that make such a big difference with organization!

  • Rachel Mariana Timmerman

    These are great tips! Sundays ALWAYS throw me for a whirl wind. I try to hard to prepare for the upcoming week. But it is such a struggle.

    • I feel like thats how some Sundays are for me too! It depends on our weekends for sure!

  • I use Sundays as my day to prep for the week, as well! It’s not always fun working away on a Sunday, but feeling prepared to conquer the week definitely makes it worth it.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Sundays are my homework days haha I don’t really have time for anything else! Do you like using a bullet journal??