Do This One Thing on Sunday to Live With Purpose for the Rest of the Week

Sundays are always bittersweet. It's still the weekend, but as evening approaches, it's as if you can see Monday morning rearing its ugly head just over the horizon, expression heavy with the disappointed look a grade school teacher once gave you when you forgot to do your homework.

Jumping into the workweek feeling ill-prepared or without a plan never feels good, and usually sets you up for five days of dissatisfaction and slacking productivity. As listless as our relationship is with Monday mornings, it's when we should be hitting the ground running, ready to take on the workweek.

Do you want to make the most of your upcoming week? Then set the tone on Sunday for everything that's to come. All it takes is 10–30 minutes of alone time and you'll see your days transformed for the better. Benjamin P. Hardy, author of How to Consciously Design Your Ideal Future, writes on Inc. that you should set aside about a half hour on Sunday to assess your previous week. Ask yourself questions like What did I not do? and What should I tighten up? The goal isn't to dwell on your shortcomings, but instead to reset your strategy for the upcoming week and begin building on positive change.

If you commit to this practice each week, you'll quickly find you're heading into the workweek—and life, for that matter—with a purpose and taking ownership of your future.

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