50 Things to Do on a Sunday to Start the Week Off Right

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Sunday is often the most challenging day of the week. As some people say, anticipation can be worse than the real thing—which, in this case, is the week ahead. On Saturday, you're all gung ho about the weekend, but as the hours creep further and further into Sunday, you get a case of what's been dubbed "the Sunday scaries." What do you have going on this coming week? Are you ready? How can you prepare yourself for the five days of work ahead?

What we really should be doing with those Sunday hours is savoring them, not wishing them away. Since you don't have to waste any more precious time, we've rounded up some ideas for you. From at-home spa days to meal prep, online classes, and playlist creation alike, there are so many ways to make the most of the last day of the weekend.

Ahead, find 50 fun ideas for things to do on a Sunday to start the week off right.

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Give Yourself a Hot-Oil Treatment

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Put any olive oil you have in the house in a mug, heat it up for 60 seconds at a time in the microwave, and leave on your strands for 15 minutes. Shampoo it out, and your locks will thank you.

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Prep a Frittata


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Mix up all the ingredients you need for a breakfast that you can make to eat all week long. We're partial to decadent recipes courtesy of Athena Calderone and Ina Garten alike.

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Join Emma Watson's Book Club

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Watson's online book-lovers community, Our Shared Shelf, is a great way to expose yourself to new books that you've never before read. Past books include Terese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries, so get reading.

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Browse Pet Adoption Websites

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Even if you aren't ready to get one (or you already have one), it'll put a smile on your face. It's a true rabbit hole of cuteness that you won't be able to stop thinking about.

The website Petfinder will help you find your match from all across the country. You can search by age, size, breed, and more to discover the pet that's been waiting for you.

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Look at Wedding Registries

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Not getting married yoursself? No worries! Take a peek through your friends' wedding registries. Why? Because it's pure fun.

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Make a List

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Start a list of special things you want to treat yourself to this year. Keep this saved for motivation the next time you want to quit your side gig or you have a bad day at work.

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Download the Shapr App

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Shapr connects you with people in your business field, so go in with the goal of networking with two new individuals this month. It's kind of like a dating app, but for work!

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Take an Online Calligraphy Class

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If you're looking for a creative way to amp up those handwritten notes you love to give, consider learning a bit of calligraphy—from the comforts of home. We're partial to Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Those swirls!

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Download Some Music

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Might we suggest the soundtrack from your favorite show, movie, or musical? Then sing along to the whole thing. Is anyone else on a Call Me by Your Name kick?

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Soak Your Feel in the Tub

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If you want to be fancy, throw in some bubbles, bath salts, or even a bath bomb for some fizz. Pour yourself a glass of wine and just lie back and relax.

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Hang Those Pictures

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Make some use for those photos you never got around to. Who else has several stacked under their bed for an aspirational gallery wall?

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Do an Edit of Your Closet

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You'll feel so much better knowing what you have and what you may need. It's time to channel Marie Kondo—ASAP!

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Write Some Snail Mail to a Friend

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Just because. We love chic notecards with sweet sayings.

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Buy Tickets to a Charity Event

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Browse Facebook to find fun fundraisers coming up. Then pick out which dress you'll wear/rent. Now you've got something to look forward to while giving back.

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Explore a Personalized Daily Vitamin Plan


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The Care/of brand will create a selection of vitamins, just for you. These custom, pre-made supplement packs are perfect for people on the go.

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Browse Thumbtack to Find a New Hobby

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From voice lessons to dance instruction to the basics of tennis, you'll find an expert to teach you anything that interests you at Thumbtack (be sure to read the reviews).

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Download a New Book From the Public Library Database

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Did you know that most public libraries let you borrow e-books free of charge (with a library card, of course)? See if there is a section of librarians' picks; it usually has some great under-the-radar selections.

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Look up Volunteer Opportunities Near You

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Find something that interests you like tutoring local kids or helping at a soup kitchen. Then enlist a friend to join you!

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Put on Some Teeth-Whitening Strips

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Who doesn't want more of a reason to smile? Distract yourself from the weird feeling by watching some aspiring musicians do celebrity covers on YouTube.

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Dance Around

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Let loose and dance around your living room to get in the last few steps of the day on your fitness tracker. It's a great alternative to your at-home workout.

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Do Some Guided Imagery Meditation

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Try carving out a meditation space in your own home. It will put you in a good place as you cruise into Monday.

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Get Your Taxes Together

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Remember how rushed you were this year? Quickly gather any receipts, bills, or expenses and make a spreadsheet of anything you need to keep track of. Prepping early will eliminate any guesswork for next year.

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Clean Your Jewelry

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Did you know dish soap makes rings squeaky clean? Go simple with some soap and water or invest in a high-end ultrasonic cleaner.

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Make a Five-Year Plan

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Who else has received the dreaded interview question, What is your five-year plan? Make one list that's career-focused and another that revolves around your personal life.

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Gather Your Change and Roll it

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Or just gather it! Some banks, like Bank of America, will actually send it out unrolled and deposit it in your account with no fees (if you're a cardholder, of course).

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Scroll through MyDomaine's Pinterest

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Seek out the ultimate Pinterest inspiration for travel-destination inspo. Japan? Hawaii? Panama? Which destination will you save for your next trip?

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Go on OpenTable and Snag a Coveted Reservation Weeks in Advance

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Use Zagat to get some fun ideas. Start a list of restaurants in your hood that you've been meaning to try.

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Do you know how dirty they actually get? Run them through soap and water and you'll feel so much cleaner.

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Whip up Some Fruit-Infused Water

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Prep some flavored water for the week. Simply cut up your favorites and put them at the bottom of a pitcher. Pour water over the slices, and let it sit for at least an hour in the fridge. A good combo is strawberries, cucumbers, and mint.

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Search for a Friend's Birthday Gift

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Try to prep it all months in advance. It will guarantee you'll get them something just as special as they are.

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Lay out your yoga mat and just do some light stretching. You'll instantly feel more zen.

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Treat Yourself to Fro-Yo at Your Favorite Local Spot

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There's something so great about the simple pleasures of fro-yo. Splurge on some extra toppings, because you're worth it.

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Arrange a Pretty Bouquet

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Brighten up your space with some new flowers. You can buy a ready-made bouquet or craft your own with flowers from the grocery store.

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Try Bullet Journaling for the Week

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It may take some time to familiarize yourself with the symbols, but this method will be so good for your time management.

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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

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Scroll through old pictures of you and your friends. Is there anything better than a trip down memory lane? You'll be occupied for hours, plus you may even be inspired to print some photos!

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Take a Soul Stroll

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Fitness guru Erin Stutland's playlist features music mixed with empowering mantras—the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing walk.

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Inspire Yourself

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Write yourself inspiration notes to scatter throughout your home. Everyone can use some words of encouragement!

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Wash Your Bedding

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It's the least you can do to give your bed a fresh start for the week ahead. Face it, few things feel better than slipping into clean sheets. Washing your bed linens in warm water will remove unwanted bacteria and also give you peace of mind.

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Call a Loved One

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Pick up the phone to catch up with, or tell them how grateful you are for their presence in your life.

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Clean Out Your Purse or Gym Bag

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It's no secret receipts, old water bottles and other items pile up in the bags that help you live your on-the-go lifestyle. Take some time to order the chaos before another busy week rolls around.

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Ride a Bike

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Take a trip around your neighborhood or a nearby bike path. Soak up some Vitamin D while you move around town.

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Purge the Contents of Your Refrigerator

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Now's the perfect time to deal with that Tupperware you've been avoiding. While you're at it, toss any items that are expired or no longer needed.

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Start a Gratitude Journal

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Break out the pen and paper or investigate apps that will help you incorporate a thankful spirit into your routine. After all, gratitude has been shown to have a number of health benefits.

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Catch up on a Netflix Show

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Finish that streaming series that you stopped in the middle of because you ran out of time. Or, start a new one. If watching TV is a way you unwind, carve out some time for it.

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Visit a Museum

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Take a trip to a museum in your area. Take in the cultural offerings and learn something new.

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Organize Your Digital Devices

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Clean up your iPhone's display (and maybe even organize your apps by icon color, like The Home Edit). Clean off your laptop's desktop background full of things you never intended to be left there for long.

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Find a New Podcast

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Pack that playlist to listen to on your commute. Our editors are big fans of podcasts, whether they be true crime-focused or historical.

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Go out and volunteer for a cause that means something to you. Whether it's tutoring, feeding those experiencing homelessness or helping out at your local animal shelter, there's a volunteer opportunity that awaits.

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Start a Journal

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It's a great way to organize your thoughts or experiences. Who knows? You might develop a new habit.

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Take a pause from the internet. Take a break from scrolling on social media or obsessively checking your inbox and enjoy the moment.

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