Did you know that there is a ton of value in having Sunday habits? Before becoming a mom, it never really crossed my mind. But now that I care for someone else who is tinier and totally needs me to stay on track, I know that Sunday Habits for a Productive Week are an absolute must.
I’ll be 100% transparent with you…growing up, I don’t really know if I fully understood what it was like to plan out the week and try to be as productive as possible.
When we’re teens and young adults, does anyone ever really have a care in the world? The only thing that I really had to worry about was getting my homework done on Sunday afternoon or making it to work on time.
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But the moment I become a mom? Everything changed. Now, I use words like “Sunday routine” or “setting good weekly habits” like they’re part of my everyday vocabulary. Having a mom planner dedicated to planning my mom-life is a necessity these days!
If you’re ready to set up some good Sunday habits to keep your week on track and be ready for Monday morning, we can help! Once you realize that you can create a whole productive week from one Sunday planning session, you’ll realize that you’ve just created yourself a whole new ballgame.
Sunday Habits for a Productive Week
While most people are spending Sunday recovering from the weekend activities or dreading going to work, you can use the day to make plans and set goals for the week.
Thankfully, it really doesn’t take a ton of time or effort to make it happen, either! Even if you have a few hours of time, you can totally overhaul the stress level for your upcoming week.
What are habits for success that productive people tend to do?
Have you ever noticed that those who are successful have certain habits that they rely on and do over and over again? One of the best ways to learn is by example and these successful minds are setting great examples! Here are a few habits for success that just might turn into the most effective Sunday habits, yet!
Create a bedtime and stick to it
Even though you might be tempted to stay up late and binge-watch the latest season of Stranger Things, don’t. Your body and brain are relying on you to make the right choice.
Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep per night but some people actually do better with more than that! Make the week feel easy by getting enough rest!
Put a pause on the electronics and the movies about an hour before you’re actually ready to go to sleep because studies have shown that your mind will stay stimulated from the lights long after you’re trying to close your eyes.
Don’t worry…those shows on Netflix aren’t going anywhere tonight just because you choose to get some shuteye! They’ll be there waiting for you tomorrow, too.
Choose your outfits and have them ready for the entire week
Stop and think about how easily you can save time just by having your outfits coordinated and ready for the entire week on Sunday night. Do your last load of laundry and lay out your dress and shoes, your jeans and shirts or your rompers and that way, you don’t have to give it another thought.
You’ll find out that your mornings are so much less chaotic just because you’ve taken the time to plan a bit ahead. And while this might not make a huge deal in your overall day at first, you’ll soon notice that your stress level is probably going down as well. Starting out your Sunday routines with getting your outfits ready for the week is a super simple win!
Believe that you can accomplish anything
Did you know that believing you aren’t capable of something is the number one way to not be capable of it? Believing in yourself and your goals is so important to success. Make it a Sunday routine to get your mental status prepared and ready.
Talk to yourself about how you’re going to rock the week and what steps you’re going to take to put your best foot forward.
And as a mom or parent, this is not only a great thing to tell yourself over and over again, but it’s also awesome to show your child your positive outlook and thoughts on life.
Because remember….our children repeat everything that we say and do, right?! Try these positive affirmations for kids before your week starts too!
Meal plan what you’re going to feed yourself and your family
I get it…cooking dinners day in and day out is the worst. Absolutely the worst. Who knew that once you become a parent it would literally be your life every single night for at least the next 18 years? And while it might be obvious saying it out loud now, it truly does come as quite a shock.
To alleviate some of that pain and grief, set up a super productive week by using Sunday to make your meal-planning and meal-prepping day.
Get the Sunday paper or hop online and check out the sale ads for the week at the store. Stay on track and on budget by planning out your menu based on what is on sale.
And if you plan on making up some bigger meals during the week, use Sunday to meal-prep as much as you can. Chop up the veggies and fruit or put together the kid’s lunches for the week. Whatever you can do to get a step ahead is never going to be a bad idea.
Family Sunday Habits for Productivity
Your family can actually help set up some awesome Sunday habits to make certain that the week is stellar and productive. Why put all the weight on your shoulders when you can enlist the help of your loved ones as well?
Have your children get their own clothes ready for the week
Just like you did your clothes, let your children get together their outfits for the week. You’ll be amazed at how much easier morning time will be in your house when everyone isn’t running around looking for their socks and shoes.
Plus, it gives your child a sense of independence and responsibility as well.
Assign everyone a room in the house to clean or a chore to do
This is a huge time saver for us. Just like making dinner every night, there’s really nothing fun about cleaning the house, either. But when you have helpers, it makes everything better!
Give your children simple jobs that they can complete without help and turn it into a Sunday habit for them to know to do. Think dusting, cleaning up their rooms, vacuuming, sweeping the floor, taking out the trash, and any other chores like that.
And if you can rely on them to do their part, it’s just one less thing that you’ll have to worry about during the week!
Sit down and have a nice dinner together
Please do what you can to make this a weekly habit. Every Sunday, let everyone in your family know that dinner is happening at 6 PM (or whatever time works for you) and expect everyone to be there, ready to engage.
Take that time to reflect together on the past week and to look ahead to the future week. Let everyone express what went well, what went wrong, what they’re hoping to change, and how they’re going to make certain this week is better than the last.
Finding ways to communicate is such an important Sunday habit to get into and it’s an excellent way to get ready for a productive week.
Write out your plans for the week
Do you have a super busy week coming up? No sense in holding it all in your brain. With the schedules of you and the kids always being active, take the time on Sunday to add them all to the family calendar or planner.
That way, there’s no question about when practice is or what nights are game nights. Instead, every person can look at the calendar and know exactly what the upcoming week is going to look like.
Not only does this help in planning ahead but it also helps everyone be able to adjust and work their own schedules, too.
Why is it important to create Sunday Habits?
Some people often wonder why creating Sunday habits are important. And to this question, there honestly might not be one perfect answer. But when I think of this question, I feel strongly about the importance of Sunday habits because it’s a day where the pace of life just tends to slow down.
Some people do work on the weekends but for the majority of the working population, it’s often a day or relaxation and recouping and preparing for the upcoming week.
And with Sunday being the beginning of the week, it just makes sense to create and brainstorm on that day. You can try to do it on another day but I have a feeling you’ll agree that Sunday is a perfect choice.
Can you change your Sunday routines once you make them?
Changing things up once you create a routine won’t hurt a thing! If anything, it’s a great way to keep life feeling fresh. Don’t put the pressure and stress level on yourself if you don’t have to.
Here’s the thing about weekly routines…if you try something out and it’s not working after several weeks, scrap it and try, try again.
After all, you’re trying to create a Sunday habit or a weekly routine that gives you and your family a productive week. Plain and simple, nothing else matters.
If you’re stressing out about it or are finding that what you thought was going to work is only making it worse, just stop.
Regroup, and make another plan of action. And just remember that you might not always hit a home run right out of the gate but you should always be swinging for the fences.
How hard is it to turn a habit into a routine?
In all reality, this is the whole point of creating habits. In creating a habit, your hope is that you’ll transition it into a routine that you’ll start doing without having to give it another thought.
Think about how simple life could be if you turned exercising into a habit. Once you exercise daily (or 3-5 times per week) for about a month, your body will actually start to crave that activity. And once that has happened, you’ve taken that exercise habit and you’ve turned it into a routine.
What that means is that you found success in turning your habit into a routine. And once you find success doing it once, you can easily accomplish it over and over again.
What are some other Sunday habits that might be good to explore?
If you’re down for meal-planning and prepping and planning ahead, here are some other weekly habits that you can incorporate in as well.
Keeping up with all the bills day in and day out are tiring, Set up a Sunday reminder to pay off what is due or owed.
Return books back to the library
If your family gobbles up books as ours does, there’s a good chance that you might be used to getting an overdue notice or two in the mail. You can avoid this notification by making Sunday be the day that you return all the library books back to where they belong.
Plus, it’s a good motivator to get those books read during the week!
Clean out the fridge
When’s the last time that you took a peek inside your fridge and really thought about it’s contents? You might have leftovers from who knows when just hanging out and hiding in there…make Sunday the day that you open up those doors and clear out some room.
That way, when you’ve got leftovers from the meals that you’ve planned out for the week, you have plenty of space for them in the fridge.
See how simple Sunday habits can be? Don’t make them mountains but instead make them little hills to climb!
Do you have any Sunday habits that you like to do in your household?