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!
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Create bullet journal layout for the next week: My layouts are Monday – Sunday, and so I take the time to create my week.
- 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.
- 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!
- Finish laundry
- Do the dishes
- 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).
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?