17 Insanely Productive Sunday Habits For a Smashing Week Ahead

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Productive Things to do on Sunday

Want to have a productive week? 

Start on Sunday by implementing some productive habits.

Although Sunday is the last day of the week, it’s like a preparation for the week ahead. It’s the day that could summarise whatever happened during the week and set you up for the next week.

So, that makes Sunday the most important day of the week, right?

Let’s make the most out of it then.

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How do you spend a Sunday?

Let me be honest with you.

The perfect Sunday Routine isn’t the one that’s focused on your dreams and goals… only.

I think that many posts on what to do on Sunday ignore a few very important things that happen every Sunday in every house. 

But they shouldn’t.

Sunday is the day when… everybody’s home. Usually, the whole family’s off; there’s no school, no work (most cases) and everyone wants to do something.

It’s what we call family, right?

So, how do you spend your Sunday in a way that prepares you for a productive week ahead, BUT doesn’t make you a selfish person in your family’s eyes?

I like to categorise the most important Sunday habits into three main groups – Home + Family Hounouring, Week Ahead Planning and Self Preparation. 

These three areas are the ones you want to pay attention to on Sunday and arrange your daily routine in a way that compliments them. 

The Sunday habits listed below are suggestions only. Do not feel obligated to follow them. However, it might be worth it to give them a try, at least.

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Phase One: Honouring Home and Family Every Sunday Morning

As we already said – Sunday everybody’s home.

And that’s great, right.

Here are a few things you could do every Sunday.

1. Sunday Breakfast With The People You Love

Sunday family time together hhabit

Two years ago, my partner had his days off on Thursday and Friday. So, every Thursday we would have pancakes for breakfast.

Then, he changed his days off to Monday and Tuesday, and we stopped with the special breakfast day. However, a few weeks ago we decided to have french-toasts every Monday Morning. And it’s been awesome since.

It’s so great to have a special meal with the people you love every week. A special dinner is an amazing tradition, but breakfast feels even better.

Everyone’s fresh after a good night sleep, and you also have a chance to plan the week ahead.

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2. Quality Time With Family

Aside from the Sunday breakfast, spending quality time with family is on my To-Do list and I hope it is on yours too.

Play with the kids early in the morning, when you are still relaxed, and the daily routines haven’t taken your powers away.

Tell your loved one you love him/her.

Call your parents and schedule a visit.

3. Tidy Up

No woman could skip that (unfortunately). There’s always something that needs to be cleaned, arranged and re-arranged. 

I don’t like doing deep cleaning of the house on Sunday. I usually do it Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. So, on Sunday, I only tidy up a little bit and tick that box off the list.

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4. Wash Clothes

I know, the washing machine does that instead of me, but it still requires me to put the clothes in it and choose a program. So, I do my part and leave it to do its part too.

5. Go out for a walk with the Family

Sunday walk as a habit

It’s time for a walk with the family. Fresh air on Sunday morning is a great end of the week. 

A healthy dose of oxygen will power you up for the next phase of your productive Sunday. 

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Summarising Sunday Morning Habits:

Start by setting up the washing machine to do its thing and then prepare a nice Sunday breakfast for everyone. Use the time you are on the table to talk about next week – what’s coming up and what everyone expects from it. 

After breakfast, play with the kids or spend time with your loved one. Call your parents or anyone else you love and appreciate you have in your life. Tidy up (don’t spend too much time on it) and then go out for a walk. 

The whole thing could take you a few hours, but by noon you could be done with it.

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Sunday Phase Two: Planning Your Week Ahead

6. Review Last Week

Am I confusing you?

Well, you cannot approach next week unless you know what’s been done (or hasn’t been done) last week.

Review your last week goals and tick off everything you managed to do.

Give yourself a pat on the back for the good work. You deserve it.

Transfer everything you couldn’t do into the next week calendar.

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7. Plan The Next Week

Plan ahead - Productive Sunday Habits

I will have a separate post on how to plan your productive week, but here are some clues for you:

  • Write down your 3 most important goals for the week
  • List the exact steps you need to take to achieve each one of them
  • Block enough time in your calendar for these small steps
  • List any upcoming events – birthdays, going out with friends or family, work-related events, etc. See if they interfere with your most important goals and make changes if needed.

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Are you done?

Now, let’s proceed with our productive Sunday habits.

8. Meal Prep

Meal prepping is a crucial part of your Sunday. If you aren’t the type of person to sit and chop onions for a week ahead (I am not), the least you and I should do is sit and plan the meals ahead. 

If you do like chopping onion and other products for a week ahead – do that.

I know it’s a huge help later in the week and I will probably try doing that in the future too. For now, meal prepping for me means listing down the meals we are going to have every day and making sure we’ve got all the products.

Summarising Planning Your Week Ahead Phase

This phase could take from an hour up to two-three hours: review last week, transfer everything you didn’t tick off the list to next week; plane the week ahead and then, plan your meals.

You are most likely to be done by 3 p.m., and that’s the time when you could totally start the private party as Phase Three is the Pleasure Phase.

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Phase Three: Sunday Self Care Routine and Habits

9. Meditate

Meditate every Sunday for a Productive week ahead

After you finish with the meal prepping and the planning of the next week, it’s time to prepare your mind and body for the afternoon and evening of total relaxation.

This part is very important as if you don’t feel relaxed in the evening, your Monday morning could be challenging.

Therefore, I suggest you start by meditating for 5-10 minutes.

Relax your shoulders, takes a few deep breaths, close your eyes and focus on your breath for a while. You could listen to meditational music or stay in silence for as long as you feel comfortable. 

Now, you are ready for the rest of the Self-Care Routine.

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10. Pamper yourself

Create your own Sunday Pamper Routine – include some hair care and skincare, do your nails. Little things like that could set your mood for the next week.

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11. Watch a nice movie

Many people will tell you that watching movies is a waste of time.. and very often they’re right.

But Sunday afternoon is your time for inspiration, motivation and relaxation. As long as the movie you watch goes in one or more of these three categories, you are almost obligated to give it a go.

12. Cuddle With Your Loved One

Yes, this is part of an actual Sunday Routine. Actually, it should be part of your everyday routine. If you are married or in a relationship, never skip a day without expressing your love for them. 

If you are in a mood to make the following week even more romantic, I’ve got a gorgeous challenge for couples who need a boost in their loved life.

13. Read

Read

Take some time on this day to read. 

You could read some self-developing and self-help books to motivate you.

Alternatively, you could choose some inspirational books – like one of these 5 inspirational novels I recommend every woman to read at least once in her life.

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14. Listen

If reading isn’t your thing, try listening to podcasts or audiobooks.

My favourite book right now on Audible is The 5 A M Club by Robin Sharma. It’s an absolute bestseller, and there’s a reason for it. Robin Sharma is a world-class life coach, and his seminars and lectures are always jam-packed with useful and life-changing tips. I follow his work, and I’ve read many of his books for the last decade or so. Check his book here. 

Alternatively, Audible offers thousands of other self-help, inspirational and motivational books. On top of that, your first book is for free, so why not give it a go today?

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15. Journal

Sunday routine planning

It takes just a few minutes out of your day, but t ads priceless value to your life.

Journaling is one of my favourite activities (and writing in general). Even if you don’t know what to write and how to start, just open the journal and take the pen in your hand. Start by explaining what you did today and how happy you are by your choices. Then, follow your thoughts, don’t filter anything and write as long as you wish.

16. Express Gratitude

I have a very simple rule.

I never skip a day without expressing my gratitude for it.

Hundreds of thousands of people didn’t wake up this morning, and many of them won’t survive to see the end of it. 

I am grateful for every day I am here, and I express my daily gratitude in the evenings, just before I go to sleep. 

Do the same this Sunday evening. Also, express gratitude for the amazing week that comes ahead. By creating this intention of a productive and inspiring week, you are more likely to wake up Monday morning and feel pumped up for slaying your goals.

Just at the beginning of this week, I published a post dedicated to the importance of gratitude and offered 10 gratitude prompts in it. Don’t forget to have a look at it if you need any ideas.

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17. Go To Sleep Early

Sleep early

Leave everything down and go to sleep early. 

If you’ve done even half of the things from this post, you shouldn’t have any problems falling asleep fast. 

Now you are ready for your perfectly productive week ahead. 

Let’s List Them

1. Enjoy Sunday breakfast with your family.

2. Spend quality time together.

3. Tidy up.

4. Wash clothes.

5. Go for a walk.

6. Review last week.

7. Plan next week.

8. Meal plan.

9. Meditate.

10. Pamper yourself.

11. Watch a nice movie.

12. Cuddle with your loved one.

13. Read a book.

14. Or listen to an audiobook.

15. Journal to reflect.

16. Express your gratitude.

17. Go to sleep early enough.

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