Here are some simple habits to include in your Sunday routine to ensure you take charge of the week ahead…
Get your washing done early on
I know, so blah, so boring. As far as Sunday routines go this one is definitely the most boring. I loathe domestic drudgery with a passion but there’s nothing worse than doing all your washing late on a Sunday; being all relaxed in your comfies on the sofa and then realising you’ve got a ton of soggy washing to hang up. Especially when you remember at 11pm! I’ve been there so many times and it always kills the lazy Sunday mood. Make it part of your Sunday morning routine instead. Get it washed and hung up early on in the day and then you can get on with the rest of your day.
Do some meal prep
I’m not mega into meal preparation, particularly during this lockdown when having a nice meal at the end of the day is pretty much the highlight of the day. I do like preparing overnight oats, however, and I often do that on a Sunday so that I’m good to go for the rest of the week. If you want to make soup, or banana bread, or a roast that you can use as leftovers for the rest of the week then Sunday is the perfect day to do it. You can even stick on a podcast if you can concentrate on both at the same time.
Get a workout in
Oh look, here’s me banging on about exercising again, but for me personally, the weekends are the best time for exercise as you don’t have to rush back for anything. I’m not a fan of a Monday workout – the first day of the week is tough enough to get through without putting extra pressure on yourself, right? – so I like to make it part of my Sunday to do list. Running along the waterfront with some good music and a light breeze on my skin is my happy place, and when you get back you can just chill.
Wash your hair
Basically, get all the time consuming beauty routines and rituals that you might not have time to do during the rest of the week out of the way on a Sunday. I know that when I’ve been out for a run on a weekday morning and I’m rushing to be at my desk for 8.30 then shaving my legs is the first thing that’s gonna slide, so Sundays are a great time for that. You can add in other things like fake tanning that, if you’re anything like me, you’re still doing even though you’re not going out. Minor details.
Plan your goals
A Sunday is a great time to get a clear view of the week without the stresses of work getting in the way. I love having that free time to consider what I want to get out of the week ahead, and that could mean a whole lot of different things for different people. It could be planning when you’re going to squeeze a workout in, or it could be thinking about how you’re going to achieve your blog goals for the week – do you need to spend more time marketing your content on social media or do you need to schedule more pins on Pinterest? Whatever you’d like to achieve over the next few days, make sure you take time on a Sunday to think about how to hit those goals.
Relax and recharge
For me, one way of getting my Sunday on point on is to make sure I leave plenty of time to rest and recharge. Sunday is the pretty much the only day of the week that you can do absolutely zero and not even feel the smallest twinge of guilt about it. So if you just want to spend the day unwinding then take the time to do it – in whatever way you prefer. That might be watching a movie, taking a nap, catching up with your friends on Skype, or curling up under a blanket on the sofa with your favourite book. For the record, my Sundays haven’t really changed during lockdown and I love them!
Catch up on working on blog
The amount of time you have to work on your blog on a Sunday is an absolute treat, right? Every other day of the week it feels like you’re cramming everything in to these tiny windows of time, but not on a Sunday. Nope, you can luxuriate in the hours stretching out in front of you! So far I’ve been using them to do day-to-day stuff like writing a blog post and scheduling lots of pins, but I think I might try to tackle some of the bigger blog stuff that I’ve been meaning to do for ages: writing my ‘about me’ page, auditing my Pinterest account, and thinking about my social media strategy.
Go to bed early
Going to bed early is another really important part of my Sunday night routine. If you want to get your week off to a good start then the best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep. I actually had a night last week where I barely slept at all, and I’d forgotten how debilitating it can be. I make a point of going to bed at the same time each night as it gets your body into a routine – so that even though you might not be jumping out of bed on a Monday it’s not the worst thing you’ve ever done. And yes, I know that makes me sound like such a granny! This is what 35 looks like, folks.