Last Updated on May 7, 2022
How do you feel about Mondays? Do you dread them because they feel hectic? Do you pine after Sunday, feeling like you never truly had time to rest? Sunday should feel like the most replenishing day of the week, but often it escapes us and goes by too quickly.
If you can relate, try giving your Sunday routine a makeover. The best way to start a new week on the right foot begins with the actions you take on the Sunday beforehand. You can use Sundays to relax and prepare for the week ahead so you feel refreshed and clear-minded come Monday morning.
In this post, I’m sharing a look at my Sunday routine which includes some planning, meal prepping, and downtime away from social media and work. If you’re in need of some inspiration for a relaxing yet productive Sunday routine, I hope this post helps!
A Relaxing & Productive Sunday Routine
One of the most important factors of my Sunday routine is that I stay away from social media, my inbox, and computer screens. I set downtime for social media apps on my phone all day so I’m not tempted to check them.
Read this post if you want to learn where this idea came from: Digital Detox: What I’ve Learned From Unplugging Once A Week
At this point, it’s ingrained into my routine to avoid social media so I don’t feel tempted to check it on Sundays. In fact, I look forward to not going on it every week. This has definitely improved my mindset and attitude towards Mondays and has helped to get rid of those Sunday scaries.
Here are the 7 things I do to relax, prepare for the week, and clear my headspace on Sundays:
Wake up without an alarm
I realize not everyone can do this, but it makes Sundays feel a little more special when you don’t have to worry about what time you have to wake up.
I always wash the bed sheets on a Sunday because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as climbing into a fresh bed on a Sunday night. I usually do this as soon as I get out of bed in the morning to make sure I don’t sneakily try to climb back in.
I try to clean my apartment in under an hour because cleaning is not something I love doing. This includes cleaning the countertops (bathrooms, kitchen, living room) and vacuuming. Recently I did this on a Saturday night so that I wouldn’t have to do it on a Sunday (I know, exciting Saturday plans).
Cooking is the last thing I want to do at the end of a weekday, so meal prepping has made my life a lot easier throughout the week. There are a few things I tend to eat each week no matter what, so I pretty much always cook them ahead of time on Sundays.
I’ll dice up sweet potatoes and lay them on a baking sheet, then whip up some easy protein muffins and throw them both in the oven at the same time. I’ll also cook a batch of rice to eat for lunches or dinners throughout the week. If I bought veggies and fruits (I usually grocery shop on a Saturday), I’ll wash and chop those ahead of time. I also like to make at least one full meal ahead of time, so usually that’s turkey chili, chickpea curry, or lentil tortilla soup.
Since I stay away from social media and my laptop, I try to spend a good chunk of the day absorbed in a book. I’ve read more than I have in a long time since I started this Sunday routine. If you want to know what I’ve been reading lately, feel free to follow me on Goodreads.
I like to review my big picture goals before the start of the week. This is especially helpful when it comes to planning my weekly schedule and making sure I’m being intentional with my time. If it’s a goal that’s easily measured (i.e. pay off x amount of debt), I’ll update my progress to see if I’m on track or need to make improvements.
Get my Free Goal Planning Worksheet here.
Plan My Weekly Schedule
When it comes to planning my week, I start with a big ol’ brain dump to get any ideas and random thoughts out of my head. Learn how to do a brain dump here.
Once I have that list, I’ll decide what’s worth scheduling for that week. I’ll also plan these things into my week:
- Schedule Workouts
- Plan Dinners
- Add to-do tasks to Asana and assign due dates
- Timeblock my schedule for Monday in Google Calendar
What does your Sunday routine look like?
There you have it! I hope you found some inspiration from my Sunday routine. If you want more ideas for how to use your Sunday to the fullest, check out this post: 20 Productive Things To Do On A Sunday.
I recently came across your web site, and have been reading your blogs. I wonder if you have any tips for woman who are Diabetic type 11, past menopause,and have trouble with sleeping, depression, feelings of being overwhelmed, especially since Covid.. Not many places in the internet have peaceful, helpful suggestions for older woman.
Thank you Catherine in advance .
Hi Monica! I’m afraid I don’t have any tips for those concerns in particular. If anyone reading this comment does, please share your resources with Monica! :)
I love you top tip- especially about setting downtime notifications for social media apps. I think it is very necessary and needed these days.
What do you struggle with most, during the week, when it comes to setting down your screen? Do you feel like it gets in your way with productivity?
This post is very helpful to organize our life. You have shared great tips.
I plan my week on Sunday, I am doing this from the last two months. During the lockdown period I tried to organize myself.
I do the following things on Sunday :
1. Washing clothes
2. Meal planning for the weekdays
3. As I am a digital marketer, I plan my tasks beforehand
By doing all the above tasks in advance I feel very much relaxed.
I think we all should organize our lives.
Sounds like we have a similar Sunday routine, Shivani!
My Sunday is no different from another day of the week, unfortunately, because I work. On Sunday I have no studies, but there are many other tasks that I have to do. So I get up with an alarm clock and work almost all day at my computer. But on Sunday evening I really get the time to relax which I need – I watch a movie or read a book which I want, take a relaxing bath, or meditate. On Sunday evening I rejoice at how productive my week was. And no, do not think that I am super busy and work 24/7 without rest. I give myself time to rest every day. It’s just that I almost never have a typical weekend completely free from work.
I love that you still give yourself time at the end of the week! I used to work every day of the week so I know what that’s like! You just have to find small pockets of time for rest and make it work.
This is sooooo good.
I stumbled upon this gem with a simple Google search.
Amazing what you can find with a bit of reflection! 😊