Sundays used to be about vegging on the sofa until dinner time, watching box sets, eating a roast and staying in your pj’s right? Then life started to get in the way of those lazy Sundays and all of a sudden your kids have you up at 6am, you were playing your third round of Junior Monopoly by 9am and no one touched the roast you slaved over. Before you know it. it’s Monday again and you don’t feel ready for the week ahead at all. If that sounds familiar then keep reading because I have found 5 things to do on a Sunday that will make that Monday morning so much easier. All together they will take no more than two hours and I find it really helps my mental health to head into a new week organised.
Tidy Up Hour
I feel like I spend my life tidying up but I tend to be a bit more lax about it over the weekend. However, on a Sunday afternoon I make sure I have an hour of tidying up to make sure everything is ready for a new week. No one wants to get up to last weeks mess on Monday morning. Put on some music, dance as your tidy (free workout too!) and make sure everything is where it should be. I always try and do this before the kids go to bed so when they are in bed I have the evening to myself and I’m not rushing around. Instead I can watch the box set I used to watch on a Sunday morning!
Plan Your Week
I harp on here a lot about planning your week but it is such a good habit to get into especially if you suffer from anxiety like me. We give our kids structure and routine so why not give ourselves a little bit too. Fill out your planner, check your calendar for birthdays or meet ups that week and write a to do list. When you get up bleary eyed on Monday morning all you have to do is check your planner to know what you need to remember for that day. It’s also worth checking the kids school newsletters for things that are coming up that week, making sure their dinner money is paid for and their uniform is sorted.
Hands up if you spend half your day thinking about what to cook for dinner or discussing with your partner over text what you will be having for dinner that night? Meal planning will take all the fuss out of that. You can plan what you will have on Monday, Tuesday, etc or simply just put together a list of 5 meals that you have the food for and choose one off the list every day depending on what you fancy.
Lay Out Mondays Breakfast
Give yourself 5 minutes extra in bed and lay out Monday’s breakfast things on Sunday evening. It means you can roll out of bed, into the kitchen and serve breakfast. It might sound over the top but you will thank yourself for it.
Finally, make sure you take a bit of time out. Snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie, paint your nails, read a book. Take an hour out of Sunday for you and your family and have a rest. You’ve probably just planned a super busy week so make sure you are rested and raring to go on Monday morning!