Want to be more productive and get things done? Start your week on Sunday!
The concept of making the most out of every moment is really fascinating to me. As a new(er) mom being aware of my time and priorities is crucial.
Because once you become a mom time just seems to fly. Finding 2 minutes to brush your teeth and comb your hair is a real struggle. After all, now you have to do it all for someone else. Someone who’s cuter than you and isn’t even a puppy.
You really start to value the 2 hours that kid is napping.
Something that really helps me be more organized and productive is starting my week on Sunday. Here are 10 things you can do every Sunday to have the most productive week.
1. Review Last Week
This has been a game changer. Seeing what you’ve done last week, what went well, what went wrong is so important for productivity. Learning from experience is gold and can teach you a lot! And I’ve found it can help reduce stress and overwhelm.
Because even if you didn’t do everything you wanted, you can see – you didn’t just lay there wasting your time. You achieved a lot, dealt with unexpected things and while you might not have reached your goals yet, you came closer to them. So take a moment to write down what went well, what went wrong.
When you see that you’ve actually done things during the last week, you’re going to be more motivated to keep going the next week. It will also help you get more focused, more aware of your time and more organized.
2. Set 2-3 Goals For The Next Week
You probably have a few goals for the year, for the next 90 days, maybe even for the month, but having 2-3 weekly goals can keep you really focused and will help you set your priorities right. This is crucial if you want to be more productive and get things done.
3. Make A To Do List
Once you have your 2-3 goals for the week, make a to do list including tasks that will help you achieve those goals. For example if your goal is to write 2 blog posts during that week, your to do list can include:
- draft blog post
- make images for the blog post
- create a pin for the blog post
- edit and schedule blog post
You do this for all the blog posts you want to have done that week. And when you do your review on Sunday, you can see whether you achieved that goal or made progress on it. Checking things off is super motivating.
WARNING: Don’t go crazy with your to do list, keep it realistic, so you don’t self-sabotage.
Some people find it helpful to actually schedule their to do’s in a calendar. I’m not one of them, because my days are very unpredictable. However when you keep a to do list and know your priorities, you make sure to do what needs to get done that week.
4. Schedule Appointments In Your Calendar
If you haven’t already, Sunday is a great time to see whether you’ve made any appointments for the week ahead and schedule them in your calendar. This way there are no unexpected surprises, you don’t miss out on events or doctor’s appointments.
5. Do the little things that you didn’t get to during the week
This means do the laundry you didn’t get to, clean your house, pay bills… These are tasks that don’t take long, but will free some mental space.
6. Meal Prep Or Meal Plan
If you don’t mind eating older food, meal prepping can be a great option for you. It’s basically preparing healthy meals ahead for the next 3-4 days and keeping them in the fridge. Then when you’re hungry, you get your meal out and eat it. You can meal prep lunch, breakfast or dinner, or if you’re really motivated – everything.
Another way to meal prep is to prepare single ingredients (<- the one I actually prefer). So if you want to have chicken, you cook your chicken ahead. You want to have lentils, you cook your lentils ahead. Once you have those single ingredients ready, you can make dinner in 10 minutes and it tastes fresh. That’s how I made this super delicious and healthy Greek chicken wrap.
Finally, if no meal prep option is good enough for you, create a meal plan for the week. This will help you save money and time and reduce food waste. Choose what are you going to eat that week, are you going to eat out, make a grocery list and pick out some quick and easy recipes to make during the week.
7. Create A Workout Plan
If you’re like me, you must know how important exercise is. It’s not just about losing weight or looking like a model, it’s about feeling better physically and mentally. A morning workout can really change your day, you seriously have to try it, if you haven’t.
That being said… If I don’t have a workout plan for the week, I end up skipping exercising altogether. Therefore, on Sunday – I decide which workouts I want to do during the week.
Am I going to a class, out for a walk, meeting up with a friend to exercise together or doing yoga at home?
I decide all that upfront and it really helps me stick to that workout schedule.
8. Plan Fun Activities For The Week
I so feel like Monica from Friends right now! Like planning fun? But you do, you do need to plan something fun to do during the week. Because when you have goals, kids and so much going on, it’s very easy to forget life can and needs to be fun.
Also, when you plan those fun activities, you make sure to do something different, interesting, something that will make memories. So that your month doesn’t turn into a blur. You need those fun activities to recharge, so you can be more productive.
9. Relax And Recharge
Speaking of recharge, Sunday is a good day to do it. Don’t take too long with the other activities on this list. Take your time to have some fun with your family or friends, watch a movie, read a book or hike if the weather is good! Do something memorable!
10. Go To Bed Early
Waking up early, whether you’re a mom or not, makes such a huge difference. You can get ready, work out and finish things before anyone else is awake. But you have to start the night before. This means, Sunday night go to bed early, so you can actually wake up rested on Monday and have a productive week.
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