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A Productive Sunday Routine For An Easier Week Ahead

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Embrace a productive Sunday routine to pave the way for an easier, more manageable week ahead.


Productive Sunday Routine


When the Bangles sing, “Sunday is my fun day, I don’t have to run day,” I feel that in my core!

I like spending Sunday afternoon at home preparing for the week ahead AND relaxing from the busy week that just passed.

For many, having a Sunday routine offers a chance to reset, prepare, and ensure a smooth transition into the busy workdays ahead.

Instead of viewing Sunday as the end of the weekend, I like to consider it the starting block of having a good week ahead. 

​When I use Sunday to prepare the weekly to-do list, I approach the week with a sense of clarity and purpose.

​Time management experts often recommend simple yet impactful actions like meal prepping, calendar reviewing, and goal setting as cornerstones for an efficient weekly routine. 

Believe me when I say that taking on such tasks on Sunday can contribute to a sense of accomplishment and provide the groundwork for what lies ahead.

Please don’t take this to mean I am saying you need to work on Sunday.

On the contrary, I suggest using time blocks to prepare for the week and making sure you use Sunday to rest and relax.

If you mix some relaxation and a little zen time into your Sunday routine, you’ll be ticking boxes off your to-do list and giving yourself some much-needed TLC. 

It’s like preparing for the week while also hitting the refresh button on yourself. Win-win! 

That way, when Monday rolls around, you’re not just ready—you’re recharged and ready to laugh in the face of whatever madness comes at you.

It’s about finding that sweet spot where you’re not just surviving the week but thriving, and maybe even doing it with a smile.

So, here’s the thing: if you get a bit organized and plan your Sundays carefully, it can change the game for the rest of your week.

It’s like setting the right tone for all the crazy stuff that comes your way.


productive things to do on Sunday


30+ Productive Things to Do on Sunday

So you can prevent having a “Manic Monday” here are some productive things to do on Sunday.

Pick and choose what stands out to you. 

Review Your Calendar and Set Weekly Goals

Take some time on Sunday to give your calendar a once-over and set some goals you can actually hit. 

It’s like giving yourself a heads-up on what’s coming and a roadmap to get it done. 

This way, you’re not just running around like a headless chicken—you’re owning your time and keeping tabs on all the awesome stuff you’re getting done. 

Update Your Calendar

  • Initial Review: Begin by checking existing appointments and deadlines for the coming week.
  • Add New Items: Add or change any new events, appointments, or timelines that have emerged.
  • Time Blocking: Allocate specific time blocks for tasks requiring focused attention.

Goal Setting

  • Specific Objectives: Identify precise targets for the week, ensuring they are measurable and time-bound.
  • Priorities: Determine the most critical goals and list them in order of importance.

So, do you want to know the secret to HOPEFULLY NOT being overwhelmed in the week ahead? It is giving your calendar a little TLC on Sunday. 

It’s like playing Tetris with your schedule to make sure everything fits just right—no double-booking yourself or those “oops, I totally forgot we had plans” moments.

Plus, when you jot down some clear goals for the week, it’s like setting up little signposts to keep you on track. 

It’s not just about crossing things off a list; it’s about ensuring every step you take is like a high-five to your future self. 

Plan & Prep Your Meals

Hey, so you know what’s a total game-changer?

Prepping your meals or meal planning on Sunday!

You’ll save a bunch of time, cut down on the whole “what’s for dinner?” drama, and you will more than likely eat healthier! 

Plan the Week’s Menu

Alright, let’s talk about your weekly eats.

Kick things off by figuring out what you’re in the mood for next week.

Whip up a menu that hits all your cravings and keeps things balanced.

Whether you’re all about that keto life, vegetarianism, or anything in between, plan it out.

Just remember —make it fun, make it tasty, and make it work for you and your family.

​Grab my simple meal planner here.

​If you are tired of coming up with ideas, check out the $5 Meal Plan.

​It plans every meal for you and includes easy, budget-friendly recipes and shopping lists.

On Sunday, I meal plan for my family 5.

Meal planning for your family doesn’t have to be a battle. 

Here’s  how to keep everyone fed and happy without losing your mind:

  1. Theme Nights – Taco Tuesday, anyone? Pick themes for each day to narrow down choices and make it a fun routine.
  2. Big Batch Cooking – Cook once, eat twice (or thrice). Double up on recipes and you’ve got leftovers for lunch or another dinner.
  3. Get the Troops Involved – Have each kiddo pick a meal for the week. It’s like a mini-chef lottery, they’ll be more into eating it, and it’s one less decision for you.
  4. Prep Party – Chop veggies, marinate proteins, or assemble whole meals on Sunday. Crank up the tunes and make it a family affair!
  5. Flexible Faves – Keep ingredients for quick family faves on hand. Sometimes plans change, and spaghetti night saves the day.

Grocery Shopping

After planning the menu, let’s turn that grocery shopping chore into a cakewalk.

Once you’ve set your weekly menu, it’s time to break it down into a grocery list.

Organize it by sections like produce, dairy, meats—just like how the store is laid out. 

It’s like a treasure map that leads you to all the good stuff without getting sidetracked by those oh-so-tempting sale items.

This way, you’re in and out like a supermarket superhero, and you won’t come home with a random assortment of things like pickles, marshmallows, and a sombrero. 

Plus, your wallet will thank you for sticking to the game plan.

Grab your free grocery shopping list from the FREE Resource Library

Also, be sure to take a look at the free pantry staples checklist

Meal Prep

Here’s how to whip up a week’s worth of healthy meals without breaking a sweat:

  1. Plan with Purpose – Scribble down meals for the week. Think easy, breezy recipes that the whole crew will actually eat.
  2. Shop Smart – Go to the grocery store with your list and stick to it. No more wandering the aisles wondering if you need that giant tub of ice cream (okay, maybe you do).
  3. Batch Boss – Cook up big portions of a couple of dishes that can be mixed and matched throughout the week. Think a big ol’ pot of chili or a tray of roasted chicken.
  4. Snack Attack Prep – Cut up fruits and veggies, divvy up yogurt or hummus, and have them at the ready for quick snacks.
  5. Enlist the Littles – Give those kiddos some simple tasks. It’s family bonding, and you get extra hands—win-win!

Pop everything into containers, and voilà, you’ve got meals on standby.


Organized Meal Planner


Organize Your Workspace

As many people do these days, I work from home. So, I consider it a productive Sunday if I prepare my home office for the week ahead. 

A well-organized workspace can increase productivity and reduce stress by ensuring one has all the necessary tools for the upcoming week.

Use these tips to get your home office in tip-top shape for the work week—trust me, it won’t take all day. 

Declutter Desk & Home Office

Here’s a quick fix to make your workspace feel like a productivity palace by Monday morning:

  1. Clear the Clutter – Start with a clean sweep. Toss those old coffee cups and snack wrappers. A clear desk equals a clear mind.
  2. Essential Items Only – Keep what you really need at arm’s reach. Everything else? Find it a home that’s out of sight.
  3. Cable Tidy – Those pesky wires can be a jungle. Grab some cable organizers or even just twist ties to keep them under control.
  4. Prep Your Tools – Charge your electronics, stack your notepads, pens, and highlighters. 
  5. To-Do List – Jot down your main goals for Monday. When you sit down to start the week, you’ll know exactly where to dive in.

There you go!

With a little Sunday TLC for your workspace, you’ll be ready to crush it come Monday.

Organize Digital Files

Hey, you know how your phone’s photo gallery is a wild mix of memes, selfies, and screenshots? 

Imagine if everything was neat and you could find that one picture in a snap—that’s why we have to declutter our digital mess! 

That’s why taking about 15 minutes on Sunday evening to do a digital declutter can make a huge difference. 

It’s like Marie Kondo-ing your computer and phone.

You ditch the old files you don’t need, sort the keepers into neat folders, and voilà, your digital life is as tidy as a pin. 

It’s super satisfying, like popping bubble wrap, and it makes finding stuff a breeze. 

Plus, your devices will run smoother, and you’ll feel like you’ve got your techy ducks in a row. 

Check out this step-by-step guide on how to do a digital declutter.

Plus, you can grab my free password organizer in the Resource Library. 

Grab the Ultimate Digital Declutter Workbook to declutter your online life. 


Digital Declutter Workbook


Plan Your Outfits

Selecting your outfits in advance can streamline your weekday morning routine and reduce decision fatigue.

It ensures that you confidently start your week, knowing your attire is prepared.

Let’s make mornings a breeze this week by taking 10-15 minutes Sunday afternoon to plan the outfits for the rest of the week. 

Trust me, it’s a lifesaver.

Grab a smoothie, and let’s get started:

  1. Weather Check – Quick look at the weather app so you’re not rocking shorts in a snowstorm or a parka in a heatwave.
  2. Map Out the Week – What’s on the docket? Soccer games, work presentations, coffee with the girls? Let’s pick outfits that make us feel ready for anything.
  3. Favorite Finds – Pull out those go-to pieces that always make you feel great. That comfy pair of jeans, the no-fail blouse. Start there.
  4. The Fun Part – Accessories! Scarves, earrings, those cute boots. 

And there you go!

Outfits for the week are lined up and ready for the busy weekdays.

More time for coffee… or sleep… or, who am I kidding, probably helping with homework.

But hey, we’ll look good doing it!

Prioritize Your Well-Being

Taking care of one’s well-being is essential for a productive week.

Engaging in physical activity and scheduling time for relaxation are key strategies for maintaining balance.

Let’s make sure we’re not just surviving this week but thriving!

You know how we juggle a million things and somehow forget to recharge our own batteries?

Let’s not do that. It’s time to sprinkle a little self-care magic into our week.

Schedule Workouts

Let’s kick off Sunday with some feel-good moves.

How about we grab our sneakers and go for a walk or bike ride?

Just half an hour to get those happy hormones dancing.

It’s like a promise to our future selves that we’re going to keep active this week.

Set aside 30 minutes a day for a brisk walk or a cycle around the park to refresh the body and mind. 

Planning workouts at the beginning of the week can increase the likelihood of following through.

Plan Relaxation Time

When the stars come out, be sure to start your wind down. 

An hour before bed, get cozy with a book.

Or maybe float off with a meditation app—think of it as a spa session for your brain.

Enhance Financial Management

Dedicating time on Sunday to enhance financial management skills can significantly benefit your budget preparing for the upcoming week.

This can lay a foundation for a financially disciplined and savvy lifestyle.

Review Budget

So, Sunday is the best time for budget check-ins. 

It’s that calm before the storm of the week, right?

You’re winding down from the busy week, maybe sipping on iced coffee, and you’ve got the mental bandwidth to give your finances a little TLC. 

You can look back at what went down money-wise over the past week, make sure you didn’t go overboard, and plan your spending for the next seven days.

It’s all about getting ahead of the game so your budget is ready when life’s craziness reoccurs.

Plus, if you spot any ‘oops’ moments, you’ve got a whole week to course-correct.

Use an app or use a free budget printable to keep yourself on track. 

Consistency is key, therefore they should check against your monthly budget to ensure no category is consistently being overspent.

Financial Planning

After reviewing your budget and tracking your bills, take a minute or two to plan for the future.

Need to save for something special? 

Then, figure out how much to tuck away.

Got a little extra? 

Maybe it’s time to beef up that emergency fund or treat yourself to something small.

Looking over the budget and savings is important and can be done quickly.

It’s only a tiny slice of your Sunday, leaving plenty of time to relax and enjoy the rest of your day. 

Manage Household Tasks

Effective management of household tasks on Sunday can set a solid foundation for a smooth and less stressful week.

It ensures that one’s living space is clean, organized, and conducive to productivity.

Schedule Cleaning

A structured cleaning schedule promotes efficiency and ensures no task is overlooked.

​This is an example of what I mean:

Daily Chores:

  • Vacuum/Sweep high-traffic areas.
  • Wipe down kitchen counters.
  • Dishes

Weekly Tasks:

  • Dusting all surfaces.
  • Mopping floors.
  • Bathroom cleaning.

Weekly cleaning schedule Printable Daily cleaning checklist


A checklist can help track what has been completed and what’s pending.

Here is my weekly cleaning list; it keeps me on track.

You can download it and print it from the Resource Library. If you are new, sign up here to get a password to the Resource Library

If you would rather have your own blank cleaning checklist, you can also find it in the Resource Library. 


Organization Lists


Home Maintenance Check

Regular checks can prevent larger issues from arising.

  • Safety Devices:
    • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
    • Check fire extinguishers for expiration dates.
  • Appliances:
    • Inspect refrigerator coils.
    • Clear out lint from the dryer vent.

Just a quick tip: if we take a little time on Sunday to check on things around the house, we can avoid any surprises during the week.

It’s like a quick health check for our home to keep everything running smoothly and safely.

​Be sure to check out this post for more home maintenance tips

Cultivate Personal Growth

You know how we’re always buzzing around, ticking off that to-do list?

Well, hear me out—Sunday isn’t just for prepping for the week ahead.

It’s also the perfect time to sprinkle a little fairy dust on our personal growth.

Dedicating time on Sunday to learn something new, reflect on our journey, or dive into a hobby isn’t just nice, it’s crucial.

It keeps our brains sparking and our hearts full.

Whether it’s strumming a guitar, journaling, or finally starting that podcast we always talk about, let’s make it non-negotiable.

It’s like a standing coffee date with our best self.

Trust me, it’ll pay off when we feel more centered, inspired, and ready to rock the week.

Let’s grow our minds and souls along with our to-do lists!


Journaling on Sunday mornings is like having a weekly coffee date with your thoughts.

It’s a quiet moment to reflect on the past week’s highs and lows, giving you clarity and closure.

Plus, it sets the stage for the upcoming week, letting you map out goals and intentions with a clear head.

It’s a simple ritual that can bring a sense of calm and direction to both the week ahead and the week behind you.

Grab that journal or open a fresh doc on your laptop and let your thoughts flow.

Write down what’s been buzzing in your head, your dreams, or even what you’re grateful for.

It’s like a mental stretch to keep your mind limber.

Read more about how to have more gratitude and how that will positively change your life. 

Select a Book to Read

Diving into a good book on a Sunday is like opening a door to another world from the comfort of your favorite chair.

It’s a chance to lose yourself in stories, learn something new, or find inspiration without any weekday distractions.

Plus, setting aside time on Sunday to plan your reading goals for the week ahead is a smart move.

It keeps your reading habit on track and gives you something to look forward to during your downtime.

Whether it’s a chapter a night or a certain number of pages, these goals can turn fleeting moments into enriching escapes all week long.

Check out this list of some of my most favorite books.

Plan Learning Activities

 If you’re looking to boost your brainpower this week, I’ve got some cool ideas for you to map out:

  • Online Course Action: Jump ontoUdemy or SkillShare, or MindValley and pick a course that gets you fired up. Whether it’s photography, marketing, or baking, there’s a course for that. Sign up and schedule some time to dive in.
  • Workshop Wonders: Check out what’s happening locally or online. Maybe there’s a webinar on gardening or a writing workshop in town. Get yourself a spot and mark your calendar.
  • Daily Skill Drill: How about setting aside just 30 minutes a day to level up a skill? Apps like Babbel are perfect for learning a new language while you sip your morning coffee, or hit up Codecademy to start coding like a pro. Little daily chunks make it super manageable.

Laying out your learning week like this means you’re all set for success.

Take A Walk In Nature

Stepping out into nature for a long walk on Sunday is the ultimate reset button.

It’s like giving your brain a mini-vacation. The fresh air, the sounds of birds, the rustle of leaves underfoot—it all works together to melt away the stress of the week.

As you stroll, your mind unwinds and recharges, surrounded by the calm and beauty of the great outdoors.

It’s quality time where you can be present, soak in the sun, and just breathe.

Walking in nature on a Sunday can rejuvenate your spirit, relax your body, and set a serene tone for the week ahead.

Productive Sunday to Prevent Manic Mondays

So, wrapping it up, a productive Sunday really is our secret way for sidestepping those Manic Mondays.

By carving out time to plan the week ahead and hitting the reset button with some well-deserved rest, we’re basically giving ourselves a head start.

This way, when Monday rolls around, instead of being hit by a whirlwind of tasks and to-dos, we’re in the driver’s seat, cruising with confidence.

So let’s make the most of our Sundays, not just to do the prep work but also to recharge our batteries.

It’s the balance of planning and pausing that keeps the chaos at bay and lets us tackle each week with confidence.

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