Happy Sunday, Everyone!
Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Sundays? I love love love a brand new week and the chance to start fresh in setting my goals and intentions, but I d r e a d spending the day running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to accomplish everything on my Sunday ‘To-Do’ list.
Lately, I have been trying to figure out how to be more intentional in planning and spending my Sundays so that I actually get to enjoy them while still being productive. I think I have finally figured it out, and I’m sharing it with you!
- Start Slow. Slow Sunday mornings are one of my absolute favorite things. Just enjoy letting your body wake you up, sipping on your cup of coffee, and setting your intentions for the day.
- Quiet Time. For me, this is streaming a church service [I highly recommend Eagle Brook Church], reading my devotional, and writing down things I am grateful for – all with a cup of coffee in my hand. For you, this could be attending a worship service, spending some quiet time in prayer and/or meditation, or just reading from your favorite book.
- Exercise – Or Don’t! Some Sundays my body craves movement, and some Sundays it craves rest. Whichever you are needing – do it! Remember, this time is all about YOU…so, do what makes YOU happy. Take a walk, follow a yoga video on YouTube, head to the gym to sweat it out, or take a nap…do whatever your body is craving.
- Lunch + Power Hour. Fix yourself something simple and nutritious to eat, and sit down with pen and paper to make your productivity ‘To-Do’ list. Brain dump everything you need to get done onto your list, and then number them in order of importance. I make my ‘To-Do’ list realistic, and I’m usually able to check most of it off within a few hours – which leaves me the evening to relax and focus on the week ahead. My ‘To-Do’ list usually looks something like this:
- Meal Prep [approx. 1 hour]
- Laundry – Wash, Fold, Put Away
- Vacuum + Clean Kitchen and Bathroom [approx. 30 minutes]
- Pack Gym Bag + Set Out Clothes for Monday [approx. 15 minutes]
- Prepare Dinner [approx. 45 minutes]
- Get Busy! All those things you just wrote down…turn on some music and get them done, girl! Try to stay as focused on your tasks as possible. I know, life/spouses/children can interfere, but just keep your goal of a relaxing evening in mind and you’ll be finished in no time!
- Plan. Get your planner out and write down anything and everything you are hoping to accomplish this week. You’re way more likely to actually get it done if you write it down. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel more productive just writing it. I also write 2-3 goals that I hope to accomplish within the week. These are realistic, and range anywhere from a PR I want to hit in the gym, to a new book I want to start, to financial goals. I truly enjoy this time on Sundays because I feel empowered and ready to crush a goal that I’ve set my mind to!
- E N J O Y. This is my favorite. Chores are done. Meals are prepped. Bags are packed for the next day. I have the whole evening to spend time with John Thomas, binge watch Netflix, and/or get lost in a book. I can go to sleep feeling productive and ready to tackle the week ahead!
I hope you are able to spend your Sunday planning for the week ahead and enjoying the time at hand! Here’s to a Sunday well spent and a week of [i n t e n t].