7 things to do on Sunday for a more productive week

Reblogged from veryerin.com

Picture the scenario. It’s Monday morning. You can barely drag yourself out of bed. You’re exhausted. You get ready for work, barely making it out the door on time. You don’t have a lunch packed, so you’ll grab some fast food on your lunch hour. You sit down at your desk and sigh. Your desk is a mess because you couldn’t wait to get out the door on Friday afternoon. Your email inbox is full, more junk mail than work mail. It’s going to be a long day. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We’ve all been there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you take advantage of your Sundays to prepare for the week, Mondays can be a heck of a lot easier! Here are 7 things you can do on Sunday for a more productive week.

1. Think of Sunday as the first day of the week instead of the last. Most people think of Sunday as the last day to relax before heading back to work or school. Instead, think of Sunday as the first chance to prepare yourself for the week’s tasks. Monday mornings will feel less dreadful and less overwhelming because you’ve already got yourself in the mindset.

2. Clean out your email inbox. If you work a typical 9-5 job, chances are most of the emails you receive Friday night through Sunday are personal and junk mail as opposed to work email. Clean those out on Sunday night so you can sit down Monday to only emails you’ve received that morning. It will help jump into work more quickly when you don’t have to sludge through junk mail.

3. Write yourself a to-do list for the week. Having these tasks laid out before the week starts will allow you to jump right into them Monday morning.

4. If you work from home, clean your desk off on Sunday so you start the week with a clean desk. Put anything you’ll need for Monday’s projects front and center.

5. If you’re a blogger, schedule your social media posts for the week. I like to do almost all of my social media posts for Facebook and Twitter on Sunday so I don’t have to think about it during the week. It only takes 15-20 minutes on Sunday, and it saves me 5-10 minutes per day for the rest of the week.

6. Clean the house. There’s nothing worse than starting the work-week with a messy house! Monday evenings after work are pretty much the last time I want to come home and wash dishes, do laundry, etc.

7. Meal plan and meal prep for the rest of the week. Sundays are typically the day I do any grocery shopping. Before I do that, I write a meal plan. I write down what we’ll have for breakfast and dinner each day. We almost always have leftovers for lunch, but I pick up fixings for sandwiches or wraps just in case.