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How To Utilize Sundays To Make Your Week Easier

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2019/10/13/how-to-utilize-sundays-to-make-your-week-easier/

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How To Utilize Sundays To Make Your Week Easier
I've always had a love-hate relationship with Sundays. While it's still the weekend and I want to make the most out of Sunday Funday, I'm also anxious about going back to the grind. Sometimes, I even straight-up dread Mondays.

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Avoid having a Manic Monday

  • Write down your top 3 priorities to get done on Monday and plan your schedule around them.
  • Review your calendar for the upcoming week and tie key tasks or events to it so you know exactly what to expect.
  • Keep your routine as close as possible to what it's like during the week. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule and follow your regular diet.
  • Additionally, lay out your clothes and do some meal prep. 

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Get errands out of the way

Sundays are a great day to get your errands out of the way, like grocery shopping. Also, take time for cooking meals, cleaning rooms, or dropping things off at different shops. You most likely don't have the time and energy to do these activities after work.

But don’t spend all of Sunday on these tasks. Even though they’re important, you still need some time to decompress.

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Schedule something fun

Make sure you also do something you enjoy, like brunch with friends or spending time with your family. 

This gives you something to look forward to during the week and it also helps you to disconnect.

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Something to look forward to

You can beat Sunday scaries if you have something to look forward to during the week.

You can plan a night out at the movies or lunch with a colleague. Anything that gets you excited about the week to come.

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Take to for reflection

Spend some time alone reflecting on what you’ve accomplished in the past week, which areas of your life need improvement, and what you’re grateful for.

Make this a ritual. It can help you become more self-aware, put things in perspective and learn from your mistakes.

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Plan some Sunday self-care

Treating yourself well on Sunday can help you feel better about Monday. You can try:

  • Serenity—a form of relaxation, like meditation or deep breathing
  • Exercise—anything from yoga to running
  • Love—expressing gratitude
  • Food—eating nutrient-rich foods high in vitamin B6 and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

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The Experimental Mindset

Instead of following the tips from other people, one should have an experimental mindset to try and build a lifestyle that suits them. And this in itself is a process.

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“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

Order and Creativity

We are not very good at multitasking because can truly focus on only one thing at a time.

Discipline leads to creativity. If we are able to bring discipline and order in our daily lives, by decluttering and focusing on the important things, we can be more productive and achieve a lot.

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No One Likes Mondays

Various studies have documented the Monday Blues, which essentially is an imposition on the working person, a loss of freedom coupled with the arrival of work-related stress.

Counter The Monday Blues: An Early Start

  • Prepare mentally, physically and logistically for Monday in advance, to decrease the dread of unknown problems or tasks.
  • It is helpful to have sound sleep on Sunday, with the alcohol consumption minimized.
  • It is extremely beneficial to get to work early on a Monday, getting a headstart on things.
  • Plan ahead for the week with something to look forward to, maybe on the coming Friday.

Manage Your Mondays Like A Pro

  • A special Monday treat, casual dress day, or a pizza day for the entire team can be something to look forward to. Even not cooking that day, or a workout class can bring a creative break to the stressful routine.
  • Focusing on your thoughts and feelings helps you absorb the negativity and understand how to steer the mind towards a solution.
  • Less social media surfing during weekends also contributes to your positive mental outlook, as the feeds are mostly negative or provocative.