During the workweek, the most successful people owe a lot of their progress to how they prep before it even begins. The one thing they all have in common is a Sunday-night routine that helps them unwind from the week prior while gearing up for the days ahead. Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief ideation officer at Clique Brands, even preps her outfits. "I avoid making decisions first thing in the morning, especially outfit decisions," she told MyDomaine. "I try to prep as much as possible the night before—planning tomorrow's outfit, packing my gym bag, making lunch—so that I have less to do when I wake up. The more streamlined my morning process is and the fewer decisions I have to make, the better!" Now that's organized.
So to streamline our workweek and to kick off Monday with a productive bang, we've highlighted some of the things successful people do on Sunday nights, according to Business Insider. Start integrating them into your end-of-weekend routine and be sure to let us know if it creates a successful week for you too.
They spend quality time with their family and loved ones
Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide, notes that successful people make the most of their Sunday nights by spending time with their loved ones before heading into a jam-packed workweek when their schedule is less predictable.
They catch up on calls, emails, and texts
If friends and family aren't near, Sunday night is a good time to reach out to loved ones by phone. It's also a good time to tackle personal emails that accumulated during the workweek so you can head back to work with a clean slate.
While successful people take time to catch up on the above, they also make Sunday night a special time to put away their phones, at least for a few hours. Career expert Michael Kerr says that successful people do anything but work right before bed. Take time for yourself to read, practice self-care rituals, or simply unwind to music and allow yourself the time to do nothing at all. This practice has been proven to better health and sleep quality by ridding you of distractions and exposure to blue light.
Before successful people embark on a new workweek, they take a time out to reflect on how the previous week went. Consider what went right, what could have gone better, and where you progressed with personal and professional goals. University of Texas at Arlington organizational behavior professor James Campbell Quick told HuffPost that writing down your weekly reflections can be cathartic.
They plan out the week ahead
Once they've taken the time to assess their past week, successful people always plan out the week ahead. This means setting new goals, developing the strategies to achieve them, and even planning healthy meals and scheduling in time for exercise and self-care.
This post was originally published on March 5, 2017, and has since been updated.