My Effective Sunday Routine for a Productive Week

Sunday can often be bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s still the weekend so you want to enjoy it to its fullest. On the other hand, you’ve got the Sunday blues in anticipation of having to go back to work on Monday.

Sundays have always been a struggle for me because I like to plan for a productive week, and that means there are quite a few productive things to do. But I also want to relax and enjoy that last day of freedom. The great thing is, you don’t have to choose! I’ve developed a routine for a productive Sunday that allows me to plan for the week ahead, while also making some time to relax.

In this post, I’m sharing 15 productive things to do on my Sunday that will help you to have a better and more productive week!

  1. Start Your Day on a Positive Note

Sundays can be such a struggle. I know I should be productive and plan for the week ahead. But at the same time, it’s the last day of the weekend. I want to enjoy it!

Because of that, I always like to start my Sundays off on a positive note. Some weekss that might mean getting up and meeting a friend for brunch. Other weeks it might just mean letting myself sleep in and having a leisurely start to the day.

By starting the day off doing something I enjoy, I’m always far more amenable to getting the productive stuff out of the way afterwards.

2. Plan & Shop For Your Meals For the Week

Sunday is always a grocery shopping day at our house!

First, my husband and I plan our meals for the week. This means taking a look at what food we already have on hand and figuring out how we can use that for meals. Then we plan out meals and figure out what else we need to buy.

Once we’ve got our shopping list planned out, Sunday is the day we go to the grocery store and run any other errands necessary.

I know some people hate grocery shopping, but we actually really enjoy doing our grocery shopping together, so this is usually a fun activity for us!

3. Clean Out the Fridge

Because Sunday is when we buy food for the week, it’s also the perfect day to clean out the fridge. As I’m putting away the groceries for the week, I usually check and see if there’s any expired food that needs to be tossed and make sure all of the shelves are wiped down.

We’re usually pretty good about not letting any food go to waste. But let’s be real, we’re all guilty of occasionally buying those fruits or veggies with the best of intentions and then totally forgetting about them.

4. Do Any Necessary Meal Prep

Sunday is always a great day to do any meal prep you need for the week!

I’m not a huge fan of cooking, so if I’m making something, I’m usually making it in a big batch for the week. It also makes life so much easier. Meal prep is especially convenient for anyone with a busy lifestyle! With you’re on the go all the time, you probably don’t have time to cook every day. Meal prepping can be a lifesaver!

5. Finish Your Laundry

I don’t know about you, but I always like starting the week with an empty laundry basket.

Sunday is the day I wash all of our sheets and towels. Then I make sure to get any dirty clothes cleaned, dried, and put away.

It’s just one of those tasks I know I’m not going to want to worry about when I come home from a long day of work Monday.

6. Tidy Up Your Home

A messy home can give me some serious anxiety, so I like to keep things pretty tidy in general. But I especially like to make sure I’m starting the work week with a clean home. I know that when I start getting back into the work week, I’m not going to want to do any cleaning as soon as I get home. I try to get it all out of the way on Sundays.

7. Have a Family Meeting

Sunday is the perfect time to sit down for a family meeting. This is a great time to remind each other of any activities going on during the week, or evenings you’ll be home late. This is also a good time to talk about any tasks that need to be completed.

This is also definitely the time to bring up any areas of contention or stress that have been lingering. Depending on the size and structure of your family, a family meeting might be just a quick touch-base at the beginning of each week.

8. Check in With Your Budget

Weekends tend to be the time of the week we spend the most money. That’s because this is when we’re having date nights, going out with friends, or going away for the weekend. It’s also when we do our grocery shopping and run errands.

Because of that, I always like to check in on my budget on Sunday. That gives me a good idea of where I’m at financially. And if I went over budget on any of my spending categories, that tells me I need to be frugal in the upcoming week.

9. Review Your Calendar For the Week

My schedule looks a bit different every week, so I always like to sit down on Sunday and double check my schedule. I look at my meetings for the week, any plans with friends, and check with my husband to see what evenings he has plans.

I also make sure to double check if we have any weekend plans because then some of my normal weekend tasks would need to get done on a different day instead!

10. Plan Your Goals For the Week

Once I know what my schedule for the week looks like, I sit down and plan some goals for the week. For me, this usually means filling whatever free time I have with working on my side hustle.

Things are constantly changing. Some months I have enough free time to write a blog post every week. Some months it’s once in the entire month. In addition to my normal blog posts, I also usually have a special project or two I’m working on, so this is when I plan that!

11. Make Your To Do List for Monday

Once I’ve reviewed my schedule and planned my goals for the week, it’s time to put together my to do list for Monday! I always write my to do lists at least the night before so I’m never scrambling the day of. I do all of my to do lists in my daily planner.

12. Spend Some Time Outside

Our city has a lot of outdoor venues and activities, so we always keep our eyes open for those.

13. Make Time to Relax

Sunday may be a great day to plan for a productive week, but it’s also the last day to relax before the work week. Because of that, I make sure to set aside some time to relax on Sundays!

For us, that usually means finishing up our productive tasks earlier in the evening so we can have a couple of hours of just enjoying the end of our weekend.

14. Prepare For Your Morning Routine

If you have a morning routine you follow during the week, that’s amazing! But I know what’s common for a lot of us is that we have a morning routine we would like to do, but then we fall off track pretty quickly.

Look at Sunday as a fresh start! Sure, maybe you fell off your morning routine last week. But you can start again on Monday with renewed motivation.

And you can make it even easier by getting everything ready the night before.

15. Go to Bed Early

I always stay up too late on the weekends. I feel like I’m not alone here!

And because I always dread going into the work week without having caught up on sleep, I try to go to bed a little early on Sundays to prepare myself for the week.

Final Thoughts

Sundays get a bad rap, but they don’t have to be bad news. I’m sure plenty of you aren’t super excited about the idea of using Sunday (aka the LAST day to enjoy the weekend) to do productive stuff for the week. Trust me, I for SURE have those weekends where I don’t want to do anything but relax.

But like clockwork, I always regret it Monday morning when my week is not starting out on the right foot. Just tackling a few important tasks on a productive Sunday makes a big difference.

Plus, I make sure to get some fun and relaxation in there as well!

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