POV: It’s Sunday morning, you’ve slept in an hour later than usual, you’re sitting on the couch with a big cozy blanket, a warm cup of coffee and are listening to a relaxing playlist. Fast forward to Sunday evening. You sit back down on your comfy couch and feel productive, balanced and ready to tackle the week ahead.
Now, how do we do that?
By completing a few simple tasks, treating ourselves to a little self-care, and prioritizing things that make us feel good.
WHAT IS A SUNDAY RESET?
A Sunday reset is basically a fancy way of saying let’s get our life together now so we can have an easier more relaxed week. By doing good things for our bodies, minds, and homes here and there, it can make a huge difference on our overall well-being and our upcoming week.
With that said, a Sunday reset doesn’t have to be on Sundays. Maybe you work on the weekends and have Tuesdays off… look into doing your reset on Tuesdays. Maybe you do a little bit of tasks on Saturday and a little bit on Sunday to optimize even more down time and/or fun activities before the week starts. Reminder that this is a general guide – so please make it your own!
HOW DO I DO A SUNDAY RESET AS A BUSY MOM?
It’s possible! I love the saying “you make time for what you make time for.” So simple, and yet, so true. I know I have one daughter and not five kids running around, but it still offers a challenge on how productive I can be. I have learned that though it’s hard to make the time, it’s worth it. Blocking out a few hours to get everything you need to done before the week will be a life saver for you come Monday morning.
A few good tips are:
- Have indoor activities planned so that you can have 30 minutes to get a few tasks done. A good Instagram account I’ve found for ideas is DaysWithGrey.
- If they’re old enough, incorporate them into your cleaning tasks! I’ll have my 19 month old help me load things in the laundry, sort clothes (aka her jumping on my pile of clean clothes haha), & help me clean up clutter and toys!
- Ask your spouse to watch them and take them out to play so you can have some moments of peace to get things done. This could be a good time to meal prep while listening to a podcast!
- Set them up with a tv show or movie for 30 minutes to complete a few chores in peace.
S U N D A Y | R E S E T | G U I D E
ENJOY A SLOW MORNING
Sleep in a little later than usual, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, sit on the couch, maybe play the daily wordle, and just relax! Staying in your pajamas longer than you usually would is a requirement for Sunday mornings. The week can be hectic where we roll out of bed and immediately get dressed and look at emails. Make your weekends different & enjoyable by soaking up the slowness of Sunday mornings.
CONSUME POSITIVE CONTENT
Journal. Brain dump. Practice gratitude. Read a devotional. Attend online or in person church. Whatever is fitting for your life to help get your mindset in a good place. Having some quiet time where I read my devotional and occasionally journal always sets my day up for success. I’ve been using the five minute journal which is a game-changer to focus on the good. Remember that how we start our day is likely what we will carry into the rest of it. If you start with positive words, peace and gratitude, that is what will help ground you as you go about your day.
WRITE DOWN A LIST
Whether it’s on paper or in the notes app on your phone, the first thing you need to do is write down everything that you want to get done that day. What I like to do next is called time blocking which is basically a time management technique. It allows you to focus on one task at a time, and it helps to set a timer! For an example:
9:00 a.m. wake up & relax
9:30-10:00 a.m. morning quiet time (journal, read, scroll pinterest, etc)
10:00-10:10 a.m. put sheets in the washer
10:15-10:45 a.m. dust and vacuum apartment
10:45-11:00 a.m. clean bathroom sinks and toilets
11:30am-12:00 p.m. grocery pick up (order online & go pick up to maximize even more time)
12:30-1:30 p.m. switch laundry & meal prep for the week
BAM & you’re pretty much done with tasks and prepared for the week ahead. This is just a loose example, but I hope it gave you an idea of how to time block and manage your day!
PLAN OUT YOUR WEEK
This one is important! Having a general idea of what & when you need to do something in the upcoming week is one of the best ways to stay organized. It also will help you maximize productivity and remember things you might have forgotten had you not wrote it down. Grab your favorite planner, and really spend time with this one. No detail is too small to write down! Whatever you need to do to get yourself ready for Monday morning.
The dreaded chores…. but they need to be done! That’s why making a list is so important. We only need to do what needs to be done. Think about weekly chores versus monthly chores. There are some tasks that need to be done weekly in order to be clean and sanitary. Rather, there are some less pressing chores that you can incorporate in your Sunday, but don’t need to do weekly.
Some examples of tasks to do each Sunday include:
- dust & vacuum (our shark vacuum is the BEST)
- wash sheets
- do extra laundry that you didn’t get to during the week
- unload and reload dishwasher
- wipe down bathrooms and clean toilets
- empty all trash in house
Some examples of things you don’t need to do weekly, but need to probably do monthly are:
- clean out fridge, freezer and pantry – look for expired/stale items & wipe down inside of fridge
- dust ceiling fans
- reorganize anything that has gotten too cluttered (closets, cabinets, drawers, etc)
FRESH CLEAN SHEETS
Had to make this its own bullet because it is a non negotiable for Sundays!!! Nothing is better than getting into a cozy clean fresh-smelling bed on Sunday night. A little tip for an even fresher smell: add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bottle of laundry detergent! Lavender is the scent known for calming and relaxing so it will only enhance your sleeping oasis.
GROCERY SHOP // MEAL PLAN & PREP
If you have a busy week ahead, the weekends are the time to prioritize planning and prepping your meals. I promise it’ll make Monday morning a little less scary knowing that you already have some foods prepped and ready… or at least know what you are going to cook for the week! As mentioned previously, doing grocery pick up is absolutely a game changer, especially as a mom. I usually do this from Walmart or Publix! And meal prepping is a great way to know you’re eating a healthy balanced meal and saving money. Grab a few meal prep containers and make easy prepped lunches with air fried chicken, roasted broccoli and cooked rice!
MOVE YOUR BODY
Yes, Sundays are the day of rest. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something good for your body too. I prefer to keep movement light and easy on the weekends. You can have fun with this and invite a friend to go on a walk with you, spend time with your partner & go on an evening stroll after dinner, or even slowing down and stretching for 30 minutes is a great option too.
LISTEN TO AN ENCOURAGING PODCAST
This is a great one to do while you’re cleaning! It will help you just zone out and will make all your cleaning tasks fly by. Some of my favorite encouraging podcasts are:
- The Ed Mylett Show
- The Skinny Confidential Podcast
- SHE With Jordan Lee Dooley
- The Rachel Hollis Podcast
- Be Well by Kelly
- WOAH That’s Good Podcast
TAKE THE SHOWER
Or bath. You decide. But THE shower includes doing all the things. Exfoliate, shave, wash face, a hair and/or face mask if you have it, moisturize, skin care, etc. I always feel so good after I take a nice warm shower in the evening, do all the things, and then come out feeling fresh and ready for the week ahead.
CONNECT WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS
If you’re feeling social, facetime a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and catch up on all the things. Maybe even write a handwritten letter to your grandparents updating them on your life and asking about theirs. Both of these go so far in showing up as a good friend and remembering to connect with family members who may live far away <3
OKAY NOWWWWW YOU CAN RELAX
Kidding, you can relax all day if you want! But I’m assuming you came to this post for a reason and you were looking for a way to maximize your Sundays to go into your week feeling your best. Getting all of the chores and tasks and planning out of the way on the weekends can help you enjoy and relax during the weekdays more too.
Enjoy a slow morning. Sleep in a little later than usual. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee. Gratitude journal. Brain dump. Read a Devotional. Make a list of what needs to be done today. Wash sheets. Dust and vacuum home. Grocery shop & meal prep. Move your body. Go on a walk. Stretches. Light yoga. Listen to a new podcast while you clean. Light a candle & take a bath or the hot girl shower. Exfoliate, shave, hair and face mask, moisturize. Eat nourishing meals. Plan out your week. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Write a handwritten letter to your grandparents. Scroll on Pinterest. Read a good book. Relax. That’s what the weekend is for anyways!