9 Sunday Life Hacks for a More Productive Week
At the end of a fun and full weekend, we all too often find ourselves fretting about the week ahead. It's completely natural! Rather than succumb to the stress and find yourself totally paralyzed, you should use the time to turn your week around. We say don’t let Monday ruin the weekend’s arguably most important day! Instead, follow these tactics for transforming the weekend’s swan song into your very best asset.
According to a Monster poll, 76% of Americans (more than any other country polled!) reported having “really bad” Sunday night blues. One of the best and most intuitive ways to combat them is to surround yourself with people you love and whose company you enjoy. Spending time with loved ones also serves the dual purpose of heightening your awareness of things you are thankful for. Experiencing gratitude on Sunday night is an important way to get perspective on the sometimes-overwhelming stress you might feel about your job.
A little burst of endorphins goes a long way. Exercise—whether it’s a seriously challenging boot camp or barre class, a brisk walk, or a sunset hike—also has the magical power to make that decadent Sunday brunch feel a little less guilt-inducing. The best practice here is to adopt a Sunday night exercise regimen and choose something you actually enjoy.
Work-life balance is one of the most important facets of being happy both at your job and at home. Planning something fun for your week ahead—whether it’s a dinner, concert, or night in watching Game of Thrones—is a great way to work toward it. If you have your eye on the prize of this enjoyable activity, you won’t find yourself bogged down by the blues.
The most successful people are always learning and using their curiosity and thirst for knowledge as tools for growth and evolution. Seeking out these extracurricular sources of knowledge can be challenging during the week. So, if you find yourself keeping tabs open on your browser all week with the intention of reading them, or have a subscription to the New Yorker you can’t seem to keep up with once Monday rolls around, set aside a little time on Sundays to do a little light “homework.” Reading and/or watching things not directly related to your work serves as ripe inspiration for new ideas or solutions for the best thinkers and innovators.
For people with busy weekday schedules, it can be difficult to find time to run the errands that are important for living happily and healthily throughout the week. On Sunday, take a look in your refrigerator and make sure you have the fruits and veggies you’ll want. Low on garbage bags or laundry detergent? Pick these things up on Sunday. Starting out the week with each of your auxiliary needs ready to go will make focusing on the days ahead a breeze.
Successful people are also, more often than not, busy people. If you find it difficult to stay on top of household chores throughout the week, Sunday is your time to do it. Throw dish towels into the wash, run the dishwasher, fold and put away your laundry, and freshen your linens. Do a super-quick cleanup to ensure you’re starting your week off on a nice, clean slate. Knowing where your favorite shirt is will make your week feel much less scattered, we promise.
Sunday evening is prime time for setting the wheels in motion for a successful and productive week. From planning your meals to familiarizing yourself with deadlines, strategize for the week to cut down on Monday morning madness. Though it might seem stressful to think about your workweek on a Sunday, it can be incredibly helpful to compose a quick to-do list and get your life in order.
If possible, carve out some good quality “me” time. According to a recent study by Happify, even if you are married, finding that time to yourself is more important to happiness than lots of other things—even sex! Not only does this time improve relationships, but it also contributes to a more successful work-life balance, increased engagement at work, and an overall greater well-being. The ability to calm your mind and press reset will make booting back up again more dynamic.
If you’re starting to think that successful people have none of the fun, don’t despair. The single most important concept to master in order to convert your Sunday from a source of sadness into an asset is to end it on a high note. If planning something social for Sunday nights feels unrealistic, this is your alternative: Every Sunday night, simply do something that brings you joy. Savor a bowl of your favorite ice cream. Watch a TV show you love. Meditate. Monday morning may still be hard—but it won’t feel cruel.