Remember: the best Monday morning begins on a Sunday evening. While all you want to do is rest and relax, there’s something to be said about actually getting under the skin of your week and planning ahead. Not only will it help lower stress and anxiety levels, but it’ll also remind you that you’ve got it all in hand and that you can do anything you put your mind to.
It’s Sunday, so what?
When you love your job, love your career, and love yourself, Sunday is just another chance to smash your goals. You need to get in the right mindset to kick ass and make a few little tweaks to your Sunday to-do list to help you get ahead on Monday.
So, are you ready?
Step one: Identify your most important tasks
Open your planner and start by identifying your most important task. There must be one or two things that you really need to get ahead of on Monday, so it’s better to plan out how you’re going to achieve them and write them in your planner ahead of time. Sunday evening is the perfect time to do this.
Open a fresh page in the Getting Stuff Done planner and write down those big tasks looming over you, give them a time frame and decide what you need to do to make it work.
You should know what you need to do realistically and how much time it should take you.
Step two: Get it out of your head
Take some paper or a notebook and write down absolutely everything you need to do. Dump your brain. We can’t stress this enough, a brain dump is the only way you’ll get ahead, and have a successful week is if you write down absolutely everything that you need to do and get it out of your head. The real beauty in this comes from being able to look at your tasks objectively and decide which you need to keep and which you want to get rid of.
Be objective. There might be things you can delegate, this is the time to really fine-tune that list of absolutely everything and then, put it in your planner. You can use the Goals 2019 Diary to make this final version of your list, to put your daily to-dos in for the entire week and then plan your day by the hour, or you can simply turn a new page for every day in the Getting Stuff Done planner and create a more detailed plan. That way, your entire week is ahead of you and you can focus on the things that matter.
Step three: Create more hours in your day
There are always annoying little niggly things that take away from time on a Monday, if you’re in a position to do so, deal with them on Sunday. You can check through your emails, quickly create some reports and do the things that usually take away from your busy day, this will help you get ahead. Once you’ve created more time in your schedule by taking a few things out of your Monday to-do list and smashing them on Sunday, you’ll have more time to stay on top of the week and get everything done.
Step four: Don’t let your life slide out of view
Don’t let your life slide into disarray because you’re so busy being the best version of yourself. There’s a reason we included the self-care section of the Getting Stuff Done planner, it’s to help you be the most all-rounded version of yourself. Plan your meals for the week and write them down in your Getting Stuff Done planner, that way you’re committed to them. If you want to go one step further, go out on Sunday and grocery shop. Prep your meals and put them in Tupperware in the freezer for the week.
This will make your life super easy and make convenience foods a thing of the past!
Step five: Marie Kondo-it
Yes, Sunday is the time to organize and clean your life. Your bedroom is your zen zone, so that needs some time and attention, but any other areas of your house that bug you really need to be feng-shuied. You don’t have to do a clean that takes hours and hours, you just need to organize and tidy up, and realize that everything has a home.
Your kitchen surfaces can be tidied and organized, your old clothes can be given away. If you notice a particular area of clutter that keeps repeating, remove it. If letters keep piling up on your surfaces, buy a letter organizer and use that instead. Need some inspo? Watch a few episodes of Marie Kondo’s new show and you’ll pretty much feel energized and ready to go. This will help you feel more productive, give you more space for the week, and help you achieve everything you want to.
Step six: Fit Is The Sh*t
Use the Fit Is The Sh*t planner to track your weekly fitness and health progress. You can use this to really plan your meals in-depth, and make a note of all the workouts you want to do across the week. On a Sunday, you should work out for thirty minutes minimum. It needs to be intense and in high bursts.
This will not only get you ready for bed, but it’ll help you prepare your body and mind for the week, with a rush of endorphins that will make you more positive come Monday morning. A run or weights session or a class like Barry’s Bootcamp are all better for you on a Sunday, there’s less time to be as intense on the weekdays, so it’s important to get yourself in the game and remember that Fit Is The Sh*t.
Step seven: Have you made a call recently?
Make a list of all the people you need to make more time for. It’s important that you do it now, as not spending time with loved ones was the number one regret of the elderly. You might feel like you’re a busy go-getter, but you’ll miss these years when they’re gone. It’s so true, but sometimes we need a reminder. Call your loved ones. Make a note to visit those you haven’t seen in a while and ask them about their lives.
Family members and friends will get your head in the right mindset for a positive, productive and successful Monday.
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