"A Sunday well spent brings a week of content."
For almost everyone, Mondays feel like a total drag. You're not ready to give up your weekend, your morning coffee is supplemented by an afternoon espresso, and your first hour at work consists of combing through weekend emails and trying to remember what you had wanted to get done this week. But Mondays don't have to be so glum. As the old proverb says, using your Sunday (or even just a part of it) to plan ahead for the week can have a domino effect on your productivity and happiness.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Sunday and ensure a pleasant work week.
1. Plan your outfits (and check the weather!)
Know it's going to rain on Tuesday and you have the important presentation on Thursday? Planning your outfits for the week all on Sunday can save precious time in the morning and prevents the stress of suddenly feeling like nothing in your closet is appropriate for that meeting with your boss. It also prevents you from planning an adorable work-to-cocktails outfit only to find that you forgot to pick up that top up from the cleaners.
Extra tip : If you're anything like me, you will eventually wake up one morning this week and suddenly decide the outfit you picked for the day just doesn't work even though it looked perfect just two days ago. Try planning a few backup looks like two top options for one skirt or cute flats instead of heels if your feet haven't fully recovered from the day before.
2. Review your planner (or simply start using your planner)
Being aware of your upcoming meetings, assignment due dates, and appointments days in advance will prevent you from missing anything important or rushing to meet deadlines. Give yourself a brief once-over of the week ahead and make mental notes. You can also use this review to help you in planning your wardrobe and your meals! Don't have a planner? Try this one or this one or this one.
Extra tip : Use public transportation apps, like HopStop, to plan out your route beforehand to avoid feeling like you're running from work to that barre class or networking happy hour.
3. Prep your meals
Whether you plan to make one big batch of soup on Sunday and have leftovers all week, or have time to cook a few nights this week plan your menu ahead of time. Getting everything you need over the weekend means no last minute trips to get $15 cashews from Whole Foods. It also means you'll be more likely to eat healthy and less likely to cave and order in take-out, leaving your body feeling better throughout the week.
Extra tip : Websites like Supercook are great for those times you couldn't quite fit a grocery store trip into your schedule. Their recipe builder allows you to enter in the ingredients you already have and suggests recipes with no or minimal additional ingredients!
4. Get enough sleep, duh!
This one may seem pretty obvious, but what you may not know is that Sunday night's sleep isn't what effects your Monday afternoon nap cravings. Studies show that it is actually the sleep you get two nights before that has the biggest impact on your energy levels for today. So if you can, remember to wipe off that Saturday night makeup and get some real rest over the weekend.
Extra tip : Removing your makeup before bed is crucial for healthy skin and preventing breakouts, but it can also effect your getting a good night's sleep. Keep some makeup removing wipes next to your bed for those times you're really too exhausted to fully wash your face.
images via Pinterest, Refinery29 c/o Lauren Conrad and Piperlime.