How To Create A Sunday Night Routine For A Productive Week
I’ve always been a person who puts a lot of value in routines and my Sunday routine has long been my favorite. A good Sunday night routine is important because it can help you feel more prepared and settled for the upcoming week. Some people like to use their Sundays to work and prep for the new week, while others prefer to focus on self-care and relaxation. I personally like to have a mix of both. Either way, the perfect routine is the one that is tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle and doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s.
Today I’m going over some thoughts and ideas to think about when crafting your own perfect Sunday night routine.
Sunday Night Routine Ideas
Plan Out The Week Ahead
Set aside some time in your Sunday routine to plan for the week ahead. Write down all your appointments, workout schedules, lunch dates, and other important things you need to do. Then add in anything else you’d like to accomplish during the week. When you write everything down like this, you are less likely to forget anything important, and reduce the risk of possibly having to scramble last minute.
Tidy Up Your Space
Sundays are a good time to tidy up your space for the upcoming week. I always use this day to wash all the bedding, do the laundry, dust, sweep, vacuum, and clean out the refrigerator. Resetting your space on Sunday allows you to start out the new week fresh and organized. This is important because a clean, organized space will help improve your focus and productivity as well as possibly improve your mood.
Meal Prep For The Week
It takes a lot of time and energy to decide what to make for dinner every day. But spending an hour or less coming up with a meal plan for the upcoming week can greatly cut down on the time you spend on this task. Start by planning what you’ll be cooking each day. Then write out your grocery list to take with you shopping. You can save even more time throughout the week if you meal prep. Wash and chop up the vegetables you’ll need for different dishes and store them in airtight containers. Even if you don’t plan out the whole week, planning dinner for Monday and Tuesday will alleviate some stress.
Go For An Evening Walk
Incorporating an evening walk into your Sunday routine offers many benefits for both your physical and mental health. On top of getting in some exercise for the day, walking also reduces stress, and anxiety, as well as helps you relax after a long week.
Take A Relaxing Shower Or Bath
After finishing your work for the day and going for your evening walk, start your evening wind down with a relaxing shower or bath that will help set the tone for the rest of the night. For an even more relaxing experience spritz some lavender spray into the shower steam, add bath salts, or dim the lights and light candles.
Dedicate Extra Time For Self Care
Dedicate some extra time to some serious self-care Sunday nights, and you’ll wake up Monday morning looking and feeling relaxed. Something as simple as a face mask and after-shower body oil can leave you feeling pampered, and taken care of. Or if you have the time and desire to do so, go all out and indulge yourself in a full beauty routine and include a hair mask, manicure, and pedicure.
I’ve always found Sunday night to be my favorite night to sit and journal. I can go over how the week went and think about what I would like to see happen for the upcoming week. Journaling is also a great tool to help manage stress as well as a way to process your thoughts and set your intentions.
Read Before Bed
For a good night’s rest, turn off electronics at least one hour before bedtime. Reading before bed allows you to use this wind-down time to relax, and relieve stress, while also boosting your creativity and knowledge.
How To Create A Sunday Night Routine
Something To Get Ahead Next Week
Think of a few things you can add to your routine that will help you get ahead in the following week. This can be something that will save you time in the morning, or perhaps make life easier during the week.
Selfcare To Relax
Do something to relax and pamper yourself after the long week and recharge yourself for the new week ahead. This way you can show up to whatever life has in store for you looking your best.
Do Something Creative
Setting aside time to do something creative has a lot of benefits that will positively impact your life. It’s a way of expressing yourself, boosts your confidence, motivates you, and makes you a better problem solver. Some examples of creative ideas you could try are painting, baking, collages, knitting, and jewelry making. Your creative outlet can even turn into a side hustle that brings in some extra cash.
Write It Down
When first creating your Sunday routine, it’s best to write everything you’d like to accomplish down on paper. This way it’s easier to remember in the beginning and nothing is forgotten.
Lastly, make sure you have enough time for each task on your list by planning ahead. The good thing about routines is that after a short amount of time, they become second nature and you do them automatically without much thought.