We all have them.
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, my Sunday ritual consisted of recovering from Saturday night. Maybe sauntering to a midday brunch with friends where I would continue my “recovery” with bottomless sugary mimosas that left me feeling sluggish and out of commission for the rest of the day. Daytime drinking coupled with poor food choices throughout the weekend would leave me feeling bloated and guilty on Monday morning.
Daytime drinking is also not very conducive to the productive sorts of activities that promote readiness and success for the upcoming week. I arrived at work on Monday not only feeling a complete lack of physical rejuvenation, but a lack of mental revitalization as well. Somewhere along the way, as I matured and started integrating more mindful and healthful habits into my life, I found my Sunday priorities drastically shifting.
There is something so satisfying and refreshing about waking up on Monday morning knowing that things in your life have been literally and figuratively put back into their proper places. I no longer drift through my Sundays dreading the week to come, rather I intentionally prepare myself to be as successful as I can for the week. I am a firm believer that how you spend your Sunday will completely set the tone for the following week. If you fail to prepare, you will be frantic and stressed on Monday morning, and that attitude will carry itself throughout the remainder of the week.
It is important to engage in activities that make your home feel organized, as well as your mind. This way you can arrive into the week with a tranquilly clean slate. Exactly how you choose to prepare for your week is up to you, but here are the activities that I engage in every Sunday (yes every) in order to ensure that my life is in order. Some of these things may seem boring or mundane, but I find that I actually quite enjoy my Sundays and even look forward to this process.
5 Sunday Success Habits
- Cleaning – I am actually the most OCD person, so I tend to clean a little bit each day rather than saving it all up for the weekend. I wake up with so much energy on Sunday mornings that I usually spend about 30-45 minutes doing this first thing just to get it out of the way. Whether I need to sweep the floor or straighten our bedroom, I just. DO. IT. Keeping your space clean and organized will help your mind stay organized.
- Laundry – Is there anything better than starting the week with fresh smelling clothes? This is especially true when you basically live at the gym. I never start Monday morning with dirty clothes in the hamper. Also, never leave dirty clothes on the floor or on “that chair” (you know the one). It literally takes .037 seconds to throw those socks into the hamper *ahem men in the house ahem*. If you like multi-tasking like me, throw one load of laundry in and then start your cleaning while the clothes wash.
- Church – Maybe you are not very religious. I haven’t always been, if I’m being perfectly honest, but we go to an amazing church (check it out: Vous Church) here in Miami. Every Sunday we leave the sermon SO PUMPED to be our best selves. It’s a chance for self-reflection and a chance to refocus on what is important in your life.
- Groceries/Mealprep – My boyfriend and I have been mealprepping our lunches for almost two years now. Every Sunday we go together to get all our groceries for the week (usually Trader Joe’s because it’s awesome) and split the cost down the middle. We generally get exactly what we need, no excess. And if we decide on Wednesday we want to eat something that’s not in the house? Too bad, put it in on the list for next week. This is an amazing way to save money and to avoid food waste. The mealprepping process is messy and experimental when you’re first starting out. But with practice you will get it down to a science and figure out exactly what you need. We probably spend about an hour grocery shopping, and 2-2 1/2 hours cooking each Sunday. I usually take this time as well to reorganize and clean out the fridge.
- Gratitude Journaling – Some people make this a daily habit. I choose instead to take 15-20 minutes each Sunday to reflect on the week that has just passed, as well as the week ahead. I set my intentions for the week and this helps me to start Monday morning with the most positive mindset possible. Cleaning your house is important, but I would argue that cleaning your mind out each week is even more important.
These are the things that I cannot go to bed on Sunday without having completed. If I do, I feel very thrown off and unprepared. Even with these 5 essential activities, there is plenty of time left in the space around them to relax and recharge. Use this time to catch up on reading, catch up on work/emails (if that’s something necessary for your Monday success), or even catch up on sleep. Technically I don’t think its scientifically possible to “catch up” on sleep, but naps are always nice 🙂
If you are a keen observer, you will notice that I did NOT include working out on this list. The truth is, I go to the gym just about every Monday-Friday, and most Saturdays. So even though I am just a little obsessed with crossfit and working out, I am completely okay with taking Sundays to recover. Sometimes we go for a nice, sunny walk with our pup, other times we just spend time with family, friends, or each other.
Last, but not least, GO TO BED EARLY. I cannot reiterate enough: get a full, restful night of sleep on Sunday night. If you start Monday morning grumpy, sleepy, and exhausted, not only will your Monday obligations be challenging and unpleasant, but I promise that this will carry throughout your week. As I mentioned, you can’t just catch up on sleep, so it’s important to get at least 7-9 hours each night.
Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you all have a productive Sunday full of gratitude and good energy!