If you’re like most people, you dread Sunday evenings. They’re the calm before the weekday storm, and rather than using them to prepare, we’d rather relax and watch TV.
Interestingly, Business Insider has revealed that many successful people make Sunday their favorite day of the week. They use it as a springboard for the rest of the week and set themselves up for success. As crazy as it seems, they enjoy their Sunday evenings.
Tired of feeling lazy and unproductive at the end of the weekend? Here are five things everyone should do before the chaos of Monday hits.
Review Your Weekly Calendar
Instead of thinking about all of the things you have to get done this week, sit down and actually make a list. Remind yourself of upcoming appointments. Make manageable to-do lists. Figure out your dinner plans and grocery shopping trips. By preparing a little, you’ll find that you dread the start of the week less.
You don’t have to be a gym rat to reap the benefits of physical activity. Sunday nights are for long walks with your partner or a bike ride around the park. Get outside and get your blood pumping. The exercise will take your mind off stressful topics. It can also help you sleep better and start the week well-rested.
Unplug From Social Media and Technology
You’re about to be inundated with messages all week. Give yourself a break on Sunday nights. Put away your cell phone, shut off your computer, and decompress. This will give you the chance to reconnect with family and recharge your batteries for the busy work week.
Take 15 Minutes to Tidy Up
You don’t have to be a Marie Kondo fan to understand that a clean house creates a clean mind. Don’t start cleaning out your closet or re-organizing the garage at 6 p.m. on a Sunday. Instead, look around the house and decide what you can get done in 15 minutes. Maybe you can change the sheets or run the vacuum. Put away the haphazard piles of shoes and clear the countertops. Small efforts make a big difference.
Go to Bed Early
You might be tempted to squeeze every ounce of weekend freedom out of your Sunday night. Unfortunately, staying up late won’t make you feel better about the week to come. Recent studies have indicated that sleeping extra on the weekends can actually help compensate for the sleep you lose getting up early during the week. Don’t sacrifice those precious hours of shut-eye for yet another Netflix binge-session.
What do you do on your Sunday nights to make the coming week easier? Let us know in the comments.