Ever feel like it’s Thursday afternoon, but it’s really 1pm on a Monday? I’ve been there and it’s one of the worst feelings in the world. Getting your week off to the right start is hard. That said, when I put in the time on Sunday to get myself grounded for the week, I know that my week goes by a lot smoother and with a lot less headaches. So here are 7 simple Sunday hacks for a more productive week.

1. Meal Prep

Meal prepping helps me feel like I can conquer any mountain. Mornings are much smoother when all I have to do is grab breakfast and lunch out of the fridge and get going. Not only am I eating healthier, but I’m also saving a ton of time and money. My favourite meal prep recipe are these chickpea meatballs. They’re great because they can be put on salads, in sandwiches, with pasta, or eaten alone! 

2. Appointment Check-In

One of the worst feelings is getting an alarm on your phone 10 minutes before a meeting that you forgot about. I always try to set aside 5 or 10 minutes on Sunday to go over all my classes, meetings, and appointments. This ensures that I know when everything is happening and that I’m prepared for each one.

3. Fixing Your Bed

I used to be of the mind “why fix your bed when you’re going to come back and sleep in it in 12 hours”. I thought it was a pretty sound philosophy. But once I took the 20 seconds it takes to make my bed, I found I felt a lot less flustered. Making your bed makes your bedroom feel a lot more organized and clean, and that always makes my life feel organized too!

4. Cleaning Up The Kitchen

I’m not sure if it’s only me, but I feel like I get lazy about keeping the kitchen clean on weekends. The dishes tend to pile up a bit and the counter gets cluttered. Taking five minutes to straighten it out always makes me feel better.

5. Putting Away Laundry

I am super guilty for keeping clean clothes in a hamper on my floor for at least a week. Eventually, I get so annoyed with myself that I put them away. The trick is to just put them away the second I bring the load out of the dryer. Out of sight, out of mind.

6. Plan Your Workouts 

If they’re in my calendar then it’s a lot harder to bail on them. Simple as that. I’m essentially preparing my mind to “lose” an hour of study time. Once my mind knows that, it’s easier to get work done and not feel like I should be studying instead. My favourite at home workout is the Fitness Marshall 

7. Write Down One Thing That Was Good About The Week

Taking a few moments to think about something good from the week always makes my feel warm and fuzzy. BONUS:  science proves it’s good for us too! The research shows that gratitude has been associated with improved health, more positive emotions, stronger relationships, the ability to deal with adversity, and an overall relishing of good experiences. So get to thanking!

These hacks (with the exception of meal prepping) will only take you 10 minutes or less! I find that whenever I get all of these things done on a Sunday, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I know that I’m able to enjoy the week and take it head on, because I don’t have to worry about the little things that tend to get in the way. So getting cracking on making your own perfect Sunday routine for a happy and productive week!

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