Sunday, for me, is the first day of the week. During the trenches of motherhood, I realized Monday would sneak up on me and attack me out of nowhere. I was feeling like I was wondering through my weeks randomly picking up clothes, changing diapers, and forgetting doctors appointments I scheduled. I knew it was time for change

I approached a woman I knew of from church who is an empty nester and asked her for some advice. “How do you get through your weeks!?” It was a call of desperation.

She simply said, “today, go home and do these few things.” She scribbled on a piece of paper, handed it to me, and said, “Let me know how it goes,” with a smile. Here is what that golden nugget said:

 

1. Take A Bath

Taking a bath has become my Sunday or stressday ritual. Especially through the winter when I am chilled to my core basically every day of the week.

Get some Epsom salts, lavender oil, a scented candle, shut the lights off, and silence. The Epsom salts will help pull toxins out of your body, the lavender will help with stress, the scented candle will give off a wonderful smell and a relaxing environment, and the lights off will help you to further relax.

Now, you are warm, relaxed, and ready to plan your week.

2. No Work

I can hear the red Xs being clicked. Seriously, I am curious to know if everyone just took Sundays off if there would be a decline in business burnout.

When you work from home or simply online it is very easy to be constantly working. We know this, it is our lives but if we just took one day off to plan and relax I believe our work week would be a better one.

3. Review Your Calendar

If you do not use your calendar on your iPhone or Google Calendar, you should. Find a calendar that you can share with people and multiple devices.

Review through and make sure you are not double booked places. This is also a great time to remind yourself what is going on that week. You can also add to your calendar at this time if you forgot to last week.

Now, make some time for fun. Plan a surprise date night, go out with friends with a canvas and wine night, or simply sit at the bookstore alone while reading your favorite book (priorities).

4. Do Something You Love

This could mean so many things to so many different people.

We are going to use me as an example to better explain. Through winter when it gets dark early and it’s too cold for my family to go out we spend a lot of time watching tv, playing, and working at night.

On Sundays, one of my favorite things to do is go out for either brunch or an early breakfast at my favorite bakery. Now to the working woman who is out all week, this would not be appealing. For a working/staying at home mama, this is gold.

Flip this to the working woman. She is out and gone all week. She wants to be home with homemade coffee in hand catching up on her favorite television shows. This is her Sunday gold.

Go on a bike ride. Read your favorite book. Go to church. Catch up with a friend. Go for a hike. Sit at your favorite coffee shop all day. Do something you love that you cannot do through the busy work week.

5. Do A Little Meal Prep

Some people read this and smiled with joy while others (me) said, “yeah, no thanks.” You do not have to do a full weeks worth of mealing planning. Maybe for you, this is simply writing out all your dinners for the week and set the meat out to thaw.

Last Sunday I cut a spaghetti squash in half and threw it in the oven for an hour. That was my meal prep and the squash is still not gone. Pick which meal stresses you out to cook the most and prep for it.

6. Plan Your Week

Here comes the hard part. Yes, this is like reviewing your calendar but it has a bit more too it.

Go through the week day by day and quickly put together a to-do list and plan. For me this is what that looks like:

I plan out all the things I need to do for my business (TopKnot Life) and then assign them to certain days, I plan school (kids), workout plan, and time out of the house. I would not give this project more time than an hour.

7. Go To Bed

Go to bed early. Shut all technology off, get kids to bed, tell friends to go home, whatever you have to do. Do it.

Be ready and well rested for your week. Nothing starts your week off worse than a tired Monday morning. I think you would be surprised how quickly you fall asleep if you would just put your head on the pillow and close your eyes.

 

 

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Sarah Betty is creator & owner of The TopKnot Life an online resource for the getting-stuff-done women who don't have the time or energy to research. She is the mother who does better research than the FBI.

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