Set Up Sunday: 10 things to do today for a successful week
Updated: Sep 8, 2019
The arrival of Sunday means only one thing: Monday is just around the corner. That means a return to schedules and the break-neck speed of everyday family life. Does the idea of that strike fear in your heart? Don't worry. By doing these 10 simple things today, your week will go much more smoothly.
Clean out your fridge
Go through your fridge and toss anything expired or questionable. Also, take stock of what you have in the fridge and freezer (this will come in handy for the next step). Starting with a cleaned-out fridge will get you off on the right foot for meals throughout the week.
If you haven't done this already, now is the time. Take stock of what you've got in the house and make a menu plan for the week. Knowing what's for dinner each night will help you prepare the night before. You'll know what to take out of the freezer, if you have any last-minute items you need to grab on the way home from work, etc. No matter how much your week goes off the rails, at least you'll know what is for dinner.
Pick out clothes
Pick out your work clothes and your kids' school clothes for the entire week, and hang outfits together. For kids, attach a small bag with their socks and undies to the day's outfit and label it with the day of the week. No wardrobe battles at 7am!
Prep Monday's lunches
There are many proponents of the idea of pre-packing an entire week's worth of school or work lunches on Sunday. I am not one of them. I think packing lunches that far in advance leads to soggy, lacklustre lunches by Friday. What I do believe in, however, is getting Monday's lunch ready the night before and pre-packaging some parts of the week's lunches all at once. Portion out kids' snacks into grab-and-go portions, cut up veggies and bag them up into lunch portions, etc. Then, the night before, make the sandwich or whatever other main course you are having.
Whether you keep an electronic calendar or a Mission Control-style paper calendar on your fridge, Sunday night is the ideal time to take a glance at your week and get an idea of what's coming. Do you need to pick kids up early from school for a doctor's appointment? Do you have a meeting to prepare for? Knowing what your week looks like before it officially starts helps you get your game face on and prepare for what's to come, so you don't have any nasty surprises.
Start a to-do list
My to-do list starts on Monday and I add to it and cross things off as the week progresses. By starting your list on Sunday, you hit the ground running on Monday.
Make something for Monday's breakfast
Bake a batch of muffins or a quickbread, or prep a breakfast casserole the night before so you have Monday's breakfast conquered before Monday even arrives. You can even throw a breakfast casserole in the slow cooker and let it cook overnight.
Pack your briefcase/backpack/gym bag
Ensure you have everything you and everyone in your family needs to walk out the door the next morning. Do your kids have their homework? Do you have your reports you'll need for your meeting? Pack it all the night before and you won't scramble in the morning, which inevitably leads to forgetting things.
We are all very dependent on our phones these days -- that's a fact. Nothing starts your day out on the wrong foot like realizing you've forgotten to charge your phone. Make it a habit to charge your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. every Sunday night.
Recharge your own batteries
Finally, take some time out for yourself, to unwind from the festivities of the weekend and mentally prepare for the week to come. Take a bath, read, catch up on your favourite TV shows, enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea -- whatever it is that helps you to power down and recharge for the next busy week to come.
By taking the time to do these simple things on Sunday, you'll feel more prepared and organized for the week. You'll save time and stress each weekday -- and who doesn't want that?
What are your Sunday "traditions" for getting ready for the week?