Ah, the Sunday scaries. The day before Monday and your week of running around from work to class to obligation after obligation begins.
But, what if there was ways to make your Sunday a little less…scary? Aiming to get those little things you always seem to forget to do before your week begins will make your actual week a whole lot easier. This Sunday, give some of these a try:
Prep this week’s meals
Meal prep is the key to staying on track during the week. The more planned your meals are, the healthier (and cheaper) your lunchtime stays. And since no one wants to come home after a long day of working only to cook dinner and tomorrow’s lunch, Sundays are the perfect time to squeeze in meal prep. If meal planning seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Simply load up on Tupperware, decide what you’d like to make, and get started! After a few Sundays, you’ll be a pro.
Budget out your week
If you’re trying to watch your expenses, Sundays are the perfect time to plan out your finances for the week. To get started, look at how much you spent last week. Then, determine how much you think you’ll spend this coming week. Your budget typically will fall somewhere in between those two months. Decide how much you want to spend on meals out, happy hours and other expenses, then check out your bank account to make sure you’re set to stay on track.
Plan out your class schedule
Want to hit at least 3 morning classes this week, or try to fit in a variety of yoga, barre and cycling? This Sunday, open up your Google Calendar and pick out where you’ll be heading the rest of the week. Deciding your workout schedule ahead of time will help you actually stick to it.
… And then pack your gym bag
Once you’ve finished deciding where you’ll be working out this week, pack your gym bag. No one wants to be that person who realizes she forgot a bra to change into after class, so be sure to pack all the essentials so you’re ready to go.
Clean your makeup brushes
Did you know that your makeup brushes contain tons of dirt and bacteria? Yuck. If you don’t give ‘em a clean every once in a while, you can cause your skin to break out. Sunday morning is the perfect time to make your makeup brushes squeaky clean. You can purchase your own brush cleaner or simply use baby shampoo, then set them flat to dry.
Wash all your sheets and towels
Washing your sheets and towels are a pain, so let’s just get that over with, k? After washing your clothes, throw in all your bed sheets and towels in one load. Nothing starts the week off better than ending your Sunday in warm, clean linens.
Catch up with family or friends
When you work a full-time job, enjoy working out and also love grabbing the occasional happy hour or two, it can be hard to fit in much else during the week. Instead of always cancelling Skype dates or missing phone calls from Mom, use your Sundays to catch up with friends and family you don’t see every day. Even if they’re busy doing their own thing on Sundays, remind yourself to at least send one text or Facebook message to a loved one each week to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Clean out your fridge
Never accidentally use expired salad dressing again. Take time during your Sunday to go through all your cabinets and refrigerator to clean out everything that’s expired or rotten. And while you’re at it, write down all the groceries you’ll need to re-stock. Like, ahem, salad dressing.
Write out a weekly to-do list
What didn’t you get to finish this weekend that you still need to get done? Grab a notepad and start jotting down everything you’ll need to get done that week. Then take that list and prioritize by what’s most important and what’s most timely. If possible, you can even task yourself to do certain list items on certain days, so you don’t feel overwhelmed when next Sunday rolls around. We recommend using the app Wunderlist to keep yourself on track.
Do something for yourself
Sunday’s are still a part of the weekend, you know! Don’t let Mondays ruin your Sundays. Whether it’s hitting a yoga class, having a movie night with your roommates or cooking with your S.O., do at least one fun thing for yourself on Sunday.