Are you a person who absolutely hates Mondays? I used to be that person too. But surprisingly, I love Mondays now.
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You may be thinking I’m crazy, but hear me out. In order to set yourself up for a successful and productive week, it’s important to create a good Sunday routine. If you’re ready to start being a Monday person too, keep on reading!
Sunday Routine Contents
Change Your Mindset
First step of your Sunday routine is to stop looking at Monday as a dreadful day.
I started looking forward to Mondays as a fresh start to the week. It’s almost like a mini version of that New Years’ feeling but it happens 52 times a year!
Listen, we all have bad weeks and sometimes it’s hard to transition from having a bad week to a good week. This is because we often let those negative feelings linger way too long and it affects our work, home life, and even our mental health.
An awesome exercise I like to do if I had a bad week is write down 5 affirmations.
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For example, if I made a few mistakes at work and it’s really bugging me, I would write:
- I’m letting go of any self-doubt I feel right now
- Making mistakes is a part of growing and learning
- I’m capable of being successful
- I’m a hard worker
- This week I am going to redeem myself
If you’re not used to writing affirmations, it can seem silly or awkward at first but the empowerment you feel afterward is worth it.
If you can’t come up with any of your own affirmations, Pinterest has a ton for any situation you may be going through.
The whole idea is to change your attitude into something more positive, making the week ahead a little bit more bearable!
Plan Out Your Week
Next part of the Sunday routine!
Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, content creator, work a 9-5 job, or maybe all above…you need a plan for your week. This plays a huge part in productivity.
I tried to be that girl who had all of her “to do’s” in her head. Can you guess what happened? Missed appointments, late to work, almost missed deadlines, and just a bunch of craziness that could have been avoided. Sigh.
Now every Sunday, I sit down and plan out my entire week.
Although, my personal planning strategy has taken a while to perfect into something that actually works for me. That being said, my strategy may not work for you but I will tell you about my two favorite planning tools so you can try them out!
A Physical Planner
If you’re new to planning, let’s start off simple – a planner. For a couple of years, all I needed was a simple hardcover planner to keep track of everything I needed to get done.
A couple physical planners I recommend are:
Trello – A Digital Planner
If you think you’d benefit the most from a digital planner, I highly recommend Trello. This is the planner I use for all of my blogging / social media tasks and it has increased my productivity a ton!
The best part is that Trello is free! There is a pro version like most things these days but you don’t need it.
I’ll do a more in-depth post about how I use Trello for my business but here’s a general idea of what mine looks like right now.
You can create different cards for each day of the week, insert your tasks for each day, go into detail for each task, and even schedule them if you have deadlines!
I never thought I’d be into digital planners but it has changed my productivity completely!
The Planning Strategy
So now that you have your planner, it’s time to plan smart. I used to jot down tasks in my planner in random order and always forgot something.
To avoid that, here’s a smarter way to plan out your tasks for the week.
- Start with work-related tasks. Work your way through the week, one day at a time.
- Next, family and personal tasks. (Appointments, activities, etc)
- Lastly, is the more random tasks such as cleaning, dinner, or whatever else you can think of that you need to get done!
I personally use an Erin Condren planner and Trello for all of my tasks each week. So experiment with one or both. Find what works best for you!
Focus On Self-Care
Let’s move on to my favorite part of my Sunday routine. Self-care!
After all of that soul searching and planning, it’s time to relax and prepare for the week ahead.
Self-care looks different for everyone so I’m going to tell you my favorite self-care activities for my Sunday routine and then I’ll list some others that you may be interested in!
I’m a big believer that you should write all of your thoughts down to release them from your mind. Whether that be negative or positive. Starting with a clear mindset is important.
Before journaling, I like to light a candle then cozy up on the couch with a blanket. Nice and relaxing!
When journaling, I recap the week that I had and just write about anything significant that happened. Then, I write about what I hope to accomplish the following week. Followed by some affirmations of course!
Let me be honest, I used to really enjoy cooking but the apartment I’m in now has the tiniest kitchen and no counter space. This actually makes cooking meals a headache and not very relaxing.
So that is why I like to treat myself to ordering in on Sundays!
While eating my yummy food, I will catch up on any Hulu shows or find a new Netflix movie to enjoy.
This is my favorite part of my self-care routine!
I start my spa night by doing my nails. By the end of the week, they’re always chipped and need some extra TLC. Sometimes, I’ll even take the extra time to do a dip powder manicure. My favorite brand is Revel Nail and their dip powders last for weeks!
Next, I’ll run myself a bubble bath. The bubble bath that I love right now is Dr. Teals foaming bath in Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil. It really helps relieve any stress and muscle tension. I’ll add some Epsom salts and a fun bath bomb too!
After my bath, I’ll focus on skincare. I have dry skin so I use a few tools to help with that. One being my favorite Vanity Planet Facial Steamer! This literally brings spa vibes to my Sunday routine.
Other Self-Care Activities
There are so many ways you can include self care into your Sunday routine so here are some additional ideas!
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Listen to a podcast
- Hang out with a friend
- Make your favorite dinner
- Drink water
- Treat yourself to dessert
- Buy a new item
- Take a nap
- Discover new music
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Have a good week!
Those are my main three tips on how to create a Sunday routine for a successful week!
Remember that you have to experiment and find what works best for you. I hope these tips help you have successful and productive weeks ahead!
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Amanda Burnett is a 24-year-old living out her creativity through the internet. Blogging about various topics to entertain and inspire. Filming YouTube videos to share her life. And working hard to create the life she’s always dreamt of.