There’s nothing worse than starting the week in panic mode.
Or relaxing too much on the weekends and starting the week feeling behind and overwhelmed.
What if there was a way to eliminate that? Good news!
I have an easy Sunday routine that won’t take up you entire day and will set you up to be productive and not overwhelmed.
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Prepare for the week with this Sunday prep routine
Get your clothes ready for the week
So the first thing that would help make things a lot more productive and stress-free is getting your clothes ready for the week.
Now, if you don’t have a uniform that you’re wearing to work, make sure you check the weather to see what the forecast is for the week.
Nothing is worst than thinking the day is going to be sunny Florida weather and it ends up being freezing Minnesota weather.
If you do have a uniform, go ahead and pull your uniform for each day for the upcoming week. Get your uniform ironed and ready.
Then put your clothes in a place so that you can grab it and go on Monday morning.
You want to make sure that you had the whole entire week’s worth of clothes ready so that you won’t have to think about what to wear in the morning.
Remember to dress for confidence.
So for instance, when I was in dental school, we had a dress code where the guys had to wear shirts and ties and the ladies had to wear business professional clothes.
Whenever I had a test on Mondays, I was wearing a suit and some high heels to take my big test. I was dressing like a boss so that I would show up confidently and put the smackdown on the test I was about to take.
You can do the same thing if you have an important meeting or you just know that you need a little extra boost on Monday.
Now you don’t necessarily have to go ahead and get all of your food ready for the week.
Instead, go ahead and make a list of Monday through Sunday and list what you’ll be eating for dinner and for lunch.
This will help cut out a lot of questions and then help prevent you from making a lot of unhealthy choices.
You can write out the menu on a piece of paper if you need to.
Or utilize this checklist and meal prep printable.
This will help you with getting your thoughts organized so that you’ll know exactly what you are eating for dinner.
Once you’re done making your list, scan the pantry and the refrigerator to see what you have.
Then make a list of the items you are missing that need to be picked up from the grocery store.
Or use a grocery app like Wal-Mart Delivery or Instacart to order the groceries and have them delivered.
Clean out your purse
Now moms, how many times have you gone weeks on end and haven’t cleaned out your purse?
You probably end up finding a bunch of random things in your purse.
You want to avoid this by taking some time on Sunday and clean out your purse.
Take everything out of your purse and remove anything that doesn’t need to be there.
I have a little organizer for my purse because I do have a relatively large purse and sometimes things can get lost at the bottom.
This way I don’t end up with so many toys and wrappers at the bottom of my purse.
Plan your week
Now it’s time to plan your week.
Make sure that you look at your calendar and look at what’s coming up for the week and take note of any birthdays, meetings, and doctor’s appointments.
Also, make sure that you look at your kid’s school and activity calendars.
I know that often I forget some of the events that my kids are apart of, but I have learned to look at my son’s school calendar to make sure that I’m not missing Pajama Day or Wacky Wednesday.
If your husband has things going on to make sure you take those things into account so that you can resolve any scheduling conflicts in advance.
Make sure to schedule in time for yourself.
There is an app called Cozi that has been recommended to me by several mom friends.
It’s a free app that you can share shopping lists, meal plans, and lots of other fun things.
So if you’re having trouble with keeping everything all together, definitely look into this app.
I use Google Calendar and share my calendar with my husband so that we can see each other’s schedule and events.
Find time for self-care
You want to make sure that you spend some time taking care of yourself.
It’s so easy getting everyone else organized and getting things ready for the week that you’ll put yourself last.
But you need to put yourself first and make sure you take care of yourself.
Whether it’s giving yourself some time to rest or doing something that you enjoy.
Or taking care of simple things that may seem superficial, like doing your hair or painting your nails, whatever the case is that you need to take care of yourself so that you’ll be ready.
Make a to-do list for the week
This can get a little out of control if you don’t do this properly.
You want to make a list of everything that you need to get done for the week.
Then once you’ve made that list, go ahead and prioritize what’s most important and put those things that are really important that you need to get done up at the top.
Each day only focus on accomplishing you three most important things for the day.
Take some time to prioritize your list and then from there make goals of things that you need to get done for the week.
One thing that I have found is when my house is relatively tidy and clean, I am a lot happier.
And I go into the week a lot happier. Mentally I feel better.
If there’s a lot of clutter and things everywhere, it makes it really hard because there are just so many things going on.
So I’m not saying this to mean that you have to clean up the house.
But just tidy up. Put things away, especially the areas that you see first when you come into the house.
This is something that I learned from my techie husband.
A lot of times we keep our devices on for extended period of times and we don’t restart them.
This can make it so that the device will run slower, have a lot more issues, doesn’t update.
So take some time to restart all your devices. This includes your phone, your tablet, your computer.
All those things that you typically keep on and never power off.
This will help make things a lot smoother during the week, especially if you’re dependent upon these devices on a day to day basis.
Spend some quality time
One thing that I have found is working moms tend to feel guilty when it’s time to go to work they we know that we haven’t really spent enough time with their kids.
So make time to spend some quality time with the family and do something fun that everybody will enjoy.
There are a few things that I have learned from some other moms that are some great ways to spend quality time.
You can check it out here.
You don’t want to be running around all day on Sunday and not have time to just put your feet up and just relax.
Find some time during the day to relax.
Go to bed early
How many times have you started Monday feeling groggy and tired and not wanting to get out of bed?
And if you go to bed a little bit earlier, this will help to eliminate that.
Those are the 11 steps for a Sunday prep. Let me know in the comments what you like to do to prepare for the week on Sunday.
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Hi I never received a link to the actual checklist after confirming that I did want it.
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Neat ideas! I especially need to clean out my purse once a week – it gets crazy!
Thanks! The purse is the place that gets filled with interesting things throughout the week. 🙂
All of this! Love it!
Thank you Stephanie!
These are really good! I’m a firm believer in preparing ahead, it makes such a huge difference – especially as a mom when the variables are in the hands of kids ? Not for that matter, even before kids I had a pretty good routine of getting things pre-prepared, you’ll still have to prepare at some point, personally I prefer doing things in advance with time, instead of stressed and last minute. Great post!
Thanks, Ida! You are totally right about preparation making a difference. I have tried it both ways; prepare in advance and no preparation and go with the flow. Every time that I don’t take time to prepare I end up overwhelmed and things get overlooked.
There is some great information here!
Wow!! This is awesome and truly useful!! I am not a mom but many points are worth applying!
Thank you, Natasha! There is definitely something for everyone on this list. 🙂