Sunday is the perfect day to reset and prepare for the new week. Implementing a Sunday evening routine will set you up for a productive week and help you achieve your goals.
When looking for long-term success, finding balance in life is important. To achieve it, good time management skills are key. This is when routines are particularly effective. By repeating the same productive rituals over and over again, you will create positive habits that will support your goals.
Prepare for a productive week with these 10 things to do on Sundays!
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1. Plan the Week Ahead
Planning is important for many reasons. There is nothing more unpleasant than missing a deadline or turning in a botched job due to a lack of planning.
In reality, the problem is often not a lack of time but poor planning. Adding planning to your Sunday evening routine will allow you to plan all the tasks and deadlines for the week ahead. This will help you know where to focus your energy and define your priorities.
Planning is super important when it comes to achieving goals. You need to ensure you set some time every day to work on tasks that will support your goals.
Starting each day with a clear plan is the best habit you can implement to support your goals and transform your life.
I know that cleaning up may seem like a waste of time. But it has been proven that living in a clean and tidy environment is good for your mental health.
Physical clutter often leads to mental clutter. To be productive, you need to evolve in a clean and organized environment.
Cleaning on Sundays is a good habit to implement. Defining one day per week to clean and having a cleaning routine is great, but cleaning as you go every day is even better and can save you a lot of time!
No matter how you decide to get organized, cleaning your space will help you be more focused and productive.
3. Do the Laundry and iron your clothes
Have you ever spent a good day just because you were wearing an outfit you loved? Nothing feels better than starting the week with all your favorite outfits cleaned and ironed.
Doing the laundry and ironing your clothes can take so much time. If you have a busy schedule, you will probably not find enough time to do it during the week so take a few hours to do it on Sundays.
This simple tip will help you save a lot of time in the morning as well. Who has enough time in the morning to iron clothes? Exactly. You don’t but it still has to be done so do it on Sundays and start the week with all your favorite outfits cleaned and ironed. You will be ready to run the world!
4. Plan Your Outfits
Organizing your outfits in advance can save you a lot of time in the morning. In addition to that, you will be able to coordinate your accessories, which can level up your outfit.
Choosing your outfit should not be part of your morning routine. If you want to start the day on the right foot, you need to avoid engaging in unproductive activities first thing in the morning.
Choosing your outfit when you don’t know what to wear can be so stressful! Add this habit to your night routine instead.
This simple tip will help you have a smoother start to the day and save time in the morning. The time saved can be used to add more productive habits to your morning routine.
If you have already read a few posts on this blog, you know that I believe in slow mornings. Hence, if you want to start the day stress-free, prepare everything you can the night before.
5. Workout or spend some time outside
This habit might sound a bit odd to some of you. Most of my friends do not work out on Sundays. Sunday is usually their rest day, and they spend it chilling.
On my side, working out is one of my favorite parts of my Sunday routine. It gives me the energy I need to go through the day and complete all my tasks.
Plus, thanks to my night routine, I wake up feeling well-rested, and Sunday is generally the day I break all my records at the gym!
If you don’t like to work out on Sundays, you can replace the workout with a long walk. Spending some time outside, especially if you have a desk job, is key to your well-being.
Spending some time in nature is an amazing way to reduce stress, improving your productivity in the long term.
6. Set Goals
Another simple way to improve your productivity is by setting weekly goals. Setting 3 goals or tasks to be completed each day is a great place to start.
These goals might be easily achievable. What matters is getting used to setting goals and achieving them. These small victories will boost your productivity and motivation.
Over time, you will be able to set bigger goals and reach them as well. Being productive is a habit you can develop even if you are the laziest person on planet Earth. Start small, stay consistent, and you will crush all your goals!
7. Pay Your Bills and Update Your Budget
Being up to date with your bills can be very time-consuming. It is especially true if you receive invoices by mail and email.
Taking a little time to pay your bills once a week saves you hours of searching for your paper bills and digging through your emails.
This productive habit is also a great tip to improve your finances and save a lot of money on late fees!
Having a budget and living by it is the first step to healthy finances.
Don’t know where to start? The Free budget templates below will help you get started.
8. Take care of Yourself
To smash your goals in the long term, you have to take care of yourself. This is one of the lessons 2019 taught me.
I used to work like crazy and sleep about 5 hours per night. Not only did I fail to achieve my goals, but I also burnt myself out. It took me months to get my motivation back.
To take care of yourself, you can start sleeping a bit more, eating more vegetables, meditating or drinking more water… No matter what it means to you, add self-care to your Sunday evening routine. You will thank yourself in the long run.
9. Prepare Healthy Breakfasts and Snacks for the Week
Meal prepping will ensure you eat healthy foods during the week. Finding time to cook several times per day can be hard when you have a busy schedule.
Meal prepping can save you a lot of time and money during the week, so this is definitely a habit you should implement!
Pinterest is full of healthy breakfast and snack recipes. Creating a secret board with all the recipes you want to try is a great way to get motivated to meal prep.
10. Listen to a podcast or watch an inspiring TED Talk
This is one of my favorite things to do on Sunday (or any other day of the week!). Podcasts and TED Talks are great for working on your personal development and finding motivation.
Have you ever felt like you could change the world after listening to a podcast? I do, and this is what keeps me going.
Here is a list of the best personal growth podcasts available in 2022:
- Ten percent happier with Dan Harris
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- Tiny Leaps Big Changes hosted by Gregg Clunis
- The Mindful Kind by Rachel Kable
- The Lavendaire Lifestyle by Lavendaire
- Design your dream life with Natalie Bacon
- Limitless Life by Melissa Griffin
- The Tony Robbins Podcast by Tony Robbins
I love to listen to podcasts when I do unproductive tasks such as commuting, cleaning,
cooking, or ironing. Podcasts are great for getting inspired and finding the motivation to keep up with your new goals.
Staying motivated even when you don’t think like it is key to achieving your long-term goals.
Implementing a Sunday evening routine has helped me triple my productivity. Planning the week ahead is key to ensuring you will stay productive and focused on your goals.
Surviving a busy week is much easier with good planning skills. If you haven’t implemented a Sunday routine yet, you should consider it.
You will be ready to smash all of your goals! Stop wasting your Sundays binge-watching Netflix and start creating your dream life. All it takes to start is a productive Sunday routine!