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Even for those of us who love our jobs, the Sunday night blues are for REAL. I’ve noticed that especially when I’ve had a fun and carefree weekend, the transition back into the structure of the work week can be a tough pill to swallow. In an effort to take back my Sunday nights, I asked some of the happiest and most productive people I know how they set themselves up for Monday morning success, and turns out, there are a handful of habits that pop up again and again. Keep scrolling for 8 power moves I’ve been incorporating into my routine, and I’d love to hear in the comments how you prep yourself for the week ahead!

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1 – Spend some quality time with your calendar.

As someone who loves feeling organized, I actually look forward to sitting down with my calendar at the beginning of a new week and taking stock of what’s on the agenda. I set priorities, check my childcare plan, schedule in workouts, and make sure I have a couple pockets of time for myself. The 20 minutes it takes is a huge investment towards feeling calm and productive all week long.

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2 – Clean out your purse.

Isn’t it crazy how messy the inside of your purse can get by weeks’ end? (Please say it’s not just me.) Those business cards, gum wrappers, hair ties, and empty granola bar wrappers can certainly pile up, and that’s the last thing you want to carry with you into a new week. I take a few minutes on Sunday to clean out the inside of my purse and make sure I’m prepared with the necessities I’ll need for work the next day.

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3 – Create a meal plan.

If I don’t take time on Sunday to make a meal plan for the week ahead, the chances of it happening later are slim to none. I’ve noticed that on the weeks I map out our dinners each evening, not only do I save time by only shopping once, we actually eat healthier and spend less money because we’re not ordering takeout at the last minute.

Once you’ve mapped out your meals, make a shopping list to take with you to the store (or place your grocery order if you use a delivery service.) Bonus points for washing and prepping your veggies to make meal prep throughout the week even easier.

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4 – Do something meaningful.

Make the most of your Sunday by doing something that feels meaningful to you. Spend quality time with people you care about, take a walk in nature, do an art project, or go to a yoga class that gets you in the right mental state. There’s nothing like relaxing and enjoying the moment to recharge your batteries and start the week feeling inspired and clear-headed.

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5 – Plan your outfits for the week.

I realized lately that I waste tons of time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear, so I’ve started making a major effort to give my week’s outfits some thought on Sunday. I check my schedule so I know whether I’m planning for a business meeting or an athleisure day, then try on my options so I know that I actually like the pieces together. When I can make this happen, my mornings are infinitely smoother and my outfits feel more chic because I’ve put some thought into them.

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6 – Skip the alcohol and eat a healthy dinner. 

I know, I know, skip that Sunday evening glass of pinot? Only if you want to avoid the Monday morning brain fog that comes from heavy meals and wine. I’ve been trying to eat a super clean, nutrient-dinner on Sunday night followed by herbal tea at bedtime to wake up feeling energized and ready to crush my Monday morning spin class.

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7 – Review your goals, and think about the big picture. 

The weekend is the perfect time to step out of the daily grind and think about what’s really important to you. Revisit the goals you’ve set, and reflect on your hopes for the future. If you’re unhappy with certain elements of your life, pull out your journal and write down ideas for change. Studies have shown time and again that those who regularly review their goals are way more likely to actually achieve them.

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8 – Go to bed early.

My number one surefire way to start the week right is with a solid night’s sleep. I start my evening routine early so I know I’ll be turning off the light at a decent hour. The result of a good sleep is the clear mind and peaceful vibes that I need to start the week feeling my very best.

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Comments (16)
  1. 1
    Emma J February 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I agree 100%. I’ve recently started a bullet journal, and I do each week’s layout on Sunday night. By spending 30 minutes with my schedule, I feel more in control of my upcoming week, and can reflect on what went well the previous week.

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    Genya February 16, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Great list! I spend time with my planer every morning and think about what I have to do each day. Need to start planning my Outfit ahead 🙂

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    supal // @chevronseclairs February 16, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Yes to all of these! I totally don’t plan my outfits properly though. I put something together and pick something completely different haha

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    leslie renee briscoe February 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

    i most definitely agree with the calendar time and the outfits! i cannot leave picking out my outfit to that morning or i’d never get there. meal prep is highly important to my week too – takes the stress out of monday especially if i already have dinner prepped. the calendar prep staves off those last minute surprises and emergencies especially with our kiddos! i need to add in doing something meaningful. sometimes the day turns into prep day and i miss it all together!

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    april February 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    These ideas also improve likelihood of success if you’re a student or full time homemaker/childcaregiver as well. It’s also a great example of teaching your children how to set the tone for their busy lives filled with sports/music lessons, school, homework, family, and friend relationships. My children used to set out everything they were wearing the night before, or on more than one occasion, even went to bed with the next day’s outfit on. Wouldn’t recommend that to adults 🙂

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    Sofia Bakir February 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Yes! I love doing all these on Sundays! It’s so refreshing! I also create a master to-do list of things that have to happen that week so when I’m planning the day-to-day, I don’t miss any pieces.

    xo, Sofia

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    lilian Tahmasian February 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    ahh the perfect list!! Thank you Thank You! <3 <3

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    leah February 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I love this post! I already sometimes do almost all of these things some of the time; now to make them part of my every Sunday evening routine. Thanks!

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    YvonneHP February 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I truly agree with and presently employ several of these points. While I would not refer to myself as a goal-oriented person, I definitely set goals, review, and revise them as needed. This goes a long way toward feeling a sense of accomplishment. Good reminders?

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    Rachael O'Neill February 19, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Great points! did the calendar one today and most sundays I have at least lunch or breaky with my friends xx thanks for sharing these tips

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    Miss Pippi February 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Great post! All these tips are really helpful. I totally agree with you in planning the meals for the week.

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    Tola February 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    loved reading this, and definitely gonna steal these tips and put them into my life cause I do struggle with the sunday night blues

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    Raya February 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Meal prepping takes a lot of stress off the week! And if you plan your meals ahead you are more likely to stick to healthy options! Something else that has really worked for me is planning my workout outfits for the week ahead. I workout in the mornings and there is nothing worse than fumbling through your drawers half asleep at 7am in the morning, looking for that other sock…

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    Natalie Redman February 22, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Fab points. Need to implement them into my Sunday evenings!

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    Alisha February 23, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Ha! Yep, cleaning out your purse is a really good one that I need to start doing!!

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    Rave March 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Ummm where did all of the fab white onesies come from? I would be way more productive before bed if I looked that good!