With the long weekend unfortunately coming to an end, I have been reflecting a bit on how much I dread Monday (or Tuesday in this weeks case) aka the Sunday scaries! As I’ve been thinking about why I hate the weekend coming to an end so much, I realized it has nothing to do with hating my job (I love my job!), but has everything to do with feeling and being unprepared. I spend so much of my weekend relaxing and not being productive that I dread the week ahead because I am so behind on everything. Cleaning, laundry, blogging, errands, etc. I’ve been putting more of an effort in lately to be sure I was prepared for the week and I’m feeling 100% better about entering a new week now! Here are a few habits I’ve found that work for me in avoiding those Sunday scaries.
1. Make Lists!
Making lists has helped me so much in all aspects of life. On Sundays, I have been making my grocery lists, going grocery shopping, and planning out all meals for the week. It really doesn’t take that much time, and it saves Nathan and I so much time during the week when we already know what we are making for dinner that night. It also helps us avoid doing silly things like ordering pizza just because we cant decide what we want for dinner! I also try to have blog posts written and scheduled for the week. It’s one less thing to worry about! Another list that helps me a ton at work on Monday morning is writing my Monday to do list Friday before I leave. No more wasting time trying to remember where I left off last week because I already wrote it down!
It’s a hash tag for a reason! Taking some time to indulge in myself on Sunday night makes such a different in my mood going to bed that night. I try to take a bath, wash my hair, put on a face mask, and paint my nails on Sunday evenings. It makes me feel a bit more put together and relaxed!
3. Go to Bed Early
I struggle with this so much, and this is where I usually fall short. When I go to bed early any night, I wake up so refreshed the next day, which should be enough to make me do it every night. However, when House Hunters is on from 9:00pm-10:30pm and then Jimmy Fallon starts at 10:35pm, why go to bed early?! If they made late night TV less good, I would go to bed at 8PM everyday!
4. Clean Up
Go to bed on Sunday night with either your laundry done or your home picked up. Both is ideal, but I realize, unrealistic! I find that having either the laundry done or the house completely clean is enough to help me sleep with ease Sunday night. After all, that’s less I have to do when I get home from work!
5. Plan a Mid-Week Activity
I love planning something to do mid-week because it gives Nathan and I something to look forward to! Like happy hour, a movie, walk to your favorite coffee shop, anything! You can easily do this with a weekend activity, too.
6. Meal Prep
Part of my Sunday always includes meal-prepping for at least part of the week. I make our salads and organize all of the “grab-and-go” stuff, so we can just grab what snacks we feel like having with our lunch that day and go! It makes mornings so much easier during the week, and we eat lunch out so much less by meal-prepping!
How do you avoid the Sunday Scaries?