Sundays can always feel a little bit rough, since most of us tend to spend them thinking more about how the weekend is almost over and less about how to spend the last full day of the weekend to the fullest. To help you beat the Sunday blues and make the most of your day, we’ve rounded up a few of the best things you can do this Sunday (and all Sundays to come) for a fun, productive end to your weekend.
1. Start the day slow.
Don’t feel the need to hop right into anything on Sunday morning. Take the time to make your favorite breakfast, and enjoy your meal and your coffee while you dive into a good book or catch up on your favorite show.
2. Make a list of goals for the week.
A lot of Sundays are spent stressing about everything you have to get done in the week ahead, so beat that by putting down all of your most important goals for the week on paper. It will help you feel more organized, and allow you to tuck the to-do list into the back of your mind until Monday.
If you have trouble squeezing in a workout during the week, this is your chance to make it happen. If you hit the gym regularly during the week, listen to your body – maybe Sunday is a gym day, and maybe it’s a chance to rest before getting back to it.
4. Schedule your workouts for the week.
On that note, take a bit of time on Sunday to plan out your workouts for the week. Taking a look at your schedule and seeing where a workout will fit in will help you stay on top of your fitness all week long.
5. Clean out your fridge.
Take 15 or 30 minutes on Sunday to go through your fridge and toss out anything that’s expired and to organize whatever is left.
6. Restock your fridge.
Once you’ve cleaned out your fridge, you’ll be able to make a more conscious list of things that you need and load up on groceries for the week accordingly.
7. Meal prep for the week.
Meal prep and restocking your fridge go hand in hand – try to make a list of the meals that you plan to have throughout the week and to buy your groceries accordingly. Then, take some time out of your Sunday to actually prepare the foods that take you longer to prep during the week. For example, you can cook your lunch for the week ahead of time and put it in containers for easy-to-grab meals every morning.
8. Do your laundry.
Chances are, you’re not really doing laundry throughout the week, so use your Sunday to get everything clean. (This includes your sheets and towels!)
9. Organize your closet.
Since you’ll have to put your laundry back in your closet anyway, why not go about it a bit more slowly and use the time to organize your closet at you work, too?
10. Plan out your outfits for the week.
You might be more of a dress-how-I-feel-in-the-morning kind of person, but you’d be amazed how much time outfit planning can shave off of your morning. Have a look at the weather for the week and give yourself an idea of what you might wear during the week to take the stress out of your weekday mornings (and to help make sure your newly organized closet doesn’t get destroyed in the quest for an outfit in the morning!).
11. Squeeze in time for a passion project.
Since there are probably a whole lot of things that you have to get done throughout the week that you’re doing more out of necessity than passion, Sunday is the perfect time to dive back into something that you really love. Enjoy sewing? Start a new sewing project. Dying to learn a new language? Talk to a tutor or take an online course.
12. Have a spa day.
If you’re stressed on a Sunday, it probably means you’re still kind of exhausted from the past week and aren’t quite ready to jump into the new week. Get some much needed relaxation by treating yourself to a spa day (think manicure, massage, facial – the works!).
13. Call a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while.
While it’s important to take time to yourself on Sunday, you can also take some time to talk to a family member or friend that you may not have chatted with in a while. Call up your parents or grandparents, or call up a friend that you usually only talk to over text.
14. Head outdoors.
If you’ve got an office job and spend a lot of time indoors during the week, as most of us do, use Sunday to get back outside and reconnect with nature for a change. You’ll probably get some physical activity in, and your body will definitely thank you for the sunlight.
15. Have a potluck dinner.
Sometimes your mindset can make Sunday feel shorter since you’re dreading Monday, but planning something fun for the end of the day can help the day feel a bit longer. Our favorite plan? A low-key Sunday night potluck with a group of close friends to wind down your weekend and keep your spirits up before the week ahead.