You may have heard the saying, “A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”
While we all love to stay in our pajamas and work our way through Netflix on Sundays, a little planning and organizing will make the new week a lot less stressful.
Block out a couple of hours, and get started on this list for ways to make your Monday easier:
1. Don’t procrastinate.
We all love a lazy weekend, but if you have things you need to do, make sure you get to it.
Finish up any homework, clean your bathroom and do the grocery shopping.
We’ve all told ourselves we’ll be productive over the weekend, but suddenly, those two days have passed, and nothing has changed.
So, every Friday, make a weekend “must-do” list and hold yourself accountable.
You’ll be glad you did on Monday.
2. Write daily to-do lists.
First things first: If you haven’t invested in a good planner, do so now.
A good planner is life-changing.
Before the new week starts, think ahead and write down everything you’ll need to accomplish before Friday.
Once you’ve determined what you need to do, break down each task throughout the week to make sure you have time.
For example, if you have a big paper due on Wednesday, block out time earlier in the week to get it done.
That way, you’ll have planned ahead, and won’t be stressing out or scrambling to finish last-minute.
3. Plan your outfits.
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of hitting the snooze button multiple times in the morning.
If that’s the case, planning your outfits for the week will save you tons of time in the morning.
You don’t have to do this for every day, but planning at least a day ahead will give you some extra Zs.
Also, if you have a go-to look during the week, like jeans and a t-shirt or a favorite pair of yoga pants, make sure they’re clean.
There’s nothing worse than having to change three times because your clothes are wrinkled or stained.
4. Prep your meals.
Another way to make your week a thousand times easier is meal prep.
Try cooking chicken breasts, steaming vegetables or cutting up fruit.
All of this will easily last a week in your fridge, and it’s also a great way to eat healthier.
If you’ve already cooked some food, you’ll be less likely to order pizza or Chinese food for the sake of convenience.
5. Organize your school and work supplies.
Odds are, by the start of a new week, your work purse or school backpack is looking a little disheveled from the week before.
On Sunday, take a look at your bag. If it’s somehow turned into a black hole of pens, papers, receipts and lip balm, now’s the time to organize.
Dump out the contents and sort through them.
It’s also a good idea to pre-pack your bag with your laptop or notebooks, to save even more time in the mornings.
6. Pick up your space.
An organized space will make for an organized mind all week long.
Designate an hour or two on Sunday for cleaning up your desk, sorting through old papers and picking up any clothes that somehow found their way to the floor.
If you have important errands to run, don’t put them off for a week day.
The less you have to do during the week, the less chaotic it will be.
Even if you only work one of these tips into your Sunday routine, it’s pretty much a guarantee your week will feel more organized.
You might even notice you have more free time during the week.
Who wouldn’t want that?