Do you start the week frazzled and feel like it just gets more panicked as the week continues? Do you constantly feel like you are one step behind the week? What are we having for dinner tonight? Where is little Johnny’s soccer uniform? How am I going to find time to implement that new marketing strategy? Wouldn’t you love to start the week feeling organized and in control? You can make the week a lot more manageable by working on a solid Sunday routine that will set you up for success!
Reflect on the past week.
- What worked, what didn’t? Pinpoint the smoothest part of your week and make a note of it. Think about the roughest part of your week. What made it feel so rough, and was there anything you could have planned ahead for that would have helped you feel more in control? (Sometimes things come up that are totally outside of your control. Don’t stop and dwell on those. Just stick with things you can control.)
Set goals for the week.
- Identify your most important goals for the week, both professional and personal, and make a list of the tasks necessary to make it happen. Don’t overwhelm yourself. You are busy with so many things: work, family, maybe a side hustle or two, so don’t think that you are going to accomplish a month’s worth of goals in one week. Go after something that will make a difference in your larger goals that you think you can accomplish in a week’s time.
Schedule your tasks to accomplish your goals.
- Now that you have identified the most important tasks for the week, schedule them into your calendar during times when you will be most effective/efficient when working on them. Do not put these important tasks on a “to-do” list. Schedule them like a meeting that you wouldn’t dare miss. This way those super important tasks can’t get pushed to the bottom of the “to-do” list. They are important. You deserve to schedule time for them.
Get going on the laundry.
- Sunday is a great time to get a jump start on the laundry. You certainly don’t want logistical things like laundry taking away precious time and energy during your already very busy weeks.
Plan outfits for the week.
- Taking time on Sunday to make sure everyone has outfits for the week can help relieve stress as the week progresses. You don’t need to lay out everyone’s clothes in little piles (you can if you want to), but checking to make sure that enough pants, shirts, socks, etc. have been washed and put away will help. Don’t forget about all the specialty clothing, too. Is little Johnny’s soccer uniform clean? Are little Jane’s dance clothes ready to go? Thinking about these things on Sunday will make a world of difference in your stress level throughout the week.
Plan meals for the week.
- This step is so important for working moms. The last thing you need at the end of the day is to wonder what in the world you are going to make for dinner. Plan it out and make sure you have all the ingredients. Having a weekly meal plan also makes it easier to delegate getting dinner started. Are you or your husband going to be home first? Which meals will each of you prepare? Is it a later evening for both of you? Getting a crock pot meal going in the morning can make for a faster, easier evening. The time planning is well worth it.
Clean out backpacks.
- Have you been guilty of waiting until Monday morning to even think about backpacks only to find last minute field trip permission slip that requires your child to have extra snacks, lunches, or articles of clothing ready right away? I sure have. Save the frustration and panic. Get in those backpacks on Sunday.
Spend some quality time with your family.
- Go on a hike. Play games together. Watch a movie. Sit and chat for a while. You work hard for these people. Make sure you get some quality time to enjoy them, too.
Do something for yourself.
- Take a few minutes and work in time for self-care. If Sunday isn’t your day to take extra time for self-care, definitely schedule it in to your calendar. Don’t put it on a “to-do” list to get lost in the shuffle. Schedule it like a meeting. You are important. If you are not taking care of yourself you will not be able to care as well for the people you love. Love yourself! You are worth it!