Or: What to do on Sunday so Monday sucks less.
1. Plan out what you’re going to wear for the week.
Instead of trying to figure out your outfit the night before (or, let’s be real: as you’re scrambling to get out the door in the morning), spend a half hour on Sunday planning ahead. If it helps, use printables to stay visually organized.
2. Prep a make-ahead meal that will last you several days.
3. Or make an easy big batch dinner, because leftovers = lifesavers.
4. Have a basic idea of what you want to cook later that week too.
5. And prep what you can in advance:
Make the marinade, or chop the vegetables — the more (tiny) things you can knock out now, the faster you can enjoy a homemade meal later.
6. Get rid of the weekend clutter in your work inbox.
This doesn’t mean responding to every last email. This just means taking a few minutes to clean out anything that came in over the weekend — deleting the junk, archiving the random reply-alls — so come Monday morning, you can start with a fresh(er) slate.
7. Revisit and double-check your calendar.
This way, you can 1) remind yourself of stuff you’ve got coming up that week, and 2) add any goals or extra items to that to-do list. Seeing and writing things out will help — download a free printable calendar here.
8. Take at least ten minutes to completely zone out.
9. Quickly tidy up the small things.
Load the dishwasher and empty the trash. All those tiny things that can add up to be a big nuisance if you put them off for too long? Do those things now, and don’t let them take more than 20 minutes.
10. Go outside!
Easier said than done when you’re deep in the throes of Netflix, but when you’re chained to your desk the next day, you’ll be glad you got some fresh air.
11. Keep a consistent sleep schedule.
As tempting as it is to sleep in on weekends, an inconsistent sleep schedule can actually be pretty terrible for you. It’s much better to keep a schedule that’s similar to the rest of your week — which ideally means waking up and going to bed at a decent hour. More sleep hacks here.
12. And ditch your phone well before bed.
You’ll have plenty of time during the week to obsessively refresh Twitter.
13. Resist the urge to straight-up hibernate.
Talk to or go see friends and family, or people who you don’t normally get to interact with during the workweek. It will help you mentally differentiate between week vs. weekend — and help you reconnect and recharge.
14. Mentally walk through your Monday morning to-do list:
Write it out if you need to: Keys on the table? Rainboots and umbrella ready by the door? Avoid the morning scramble (and inevitably forgetting something) by mapping things out the night before.
15. And pack what you can the night before:
Your gym clothes, your work bag, your lunch. You’ll be grateful the next morning when you have one less thing to deal with.