Sunday is for snoozing. That is what I always used to say.
And I still do stand by that, because sometimes, after a hectically full week, there is nothing that can set me up for Monday and the next week more than a relaxed Sunday, spending the day doing exactly what I please (duvet-day).
However as I made my way through my years at university, Sunday has become more and more of uptime for me rather than downtime. I love having the whole day to myself, but instead of sleeping in, hitting snooze on the alarm too many times, and lounging around with cups of tea and a magazine, I try to spend my Sundays a little differently now.
These are just some of the things I’ve found can help make a Sunday or even the whole weekend as productive as you need it to be, without feeling like a Monday.
1. Don’t turn off your alarm
There are certain days, where on a Friday or Saturday evening you just know you’re not going to take orders from your alarm the next morning.
And in those moments, I say be done with it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll get up, and then disrupt your slumber the next morning by hitting that snooze button every 9 minutes.
For a productive Sunday, it’s important to have an alarm. Not just to get your day started, but to give the impression of structure and routine early on, and you’ll keep it up through the day. I know that, at least for me, if I don’t have my alarm set I have no hope of being as constructive as I could be.
It doesn’t have to be your 6.30AM wake-up-call. I personally set two alarms, one at the time I actually want to get up and the other for 30 minutes prior to that. You can allow the time for a little lie-in before the alarm rings, and still get your day started pretty pronto!
2. Get moving
If it is your objective to fit in that weekend run or workout that you didn’t quite have time for during the week, you’ve gotta get moving in the AM.
After you’ve had your 30 minute snooze, get out of that bed, get straight into your workout gear and get moving. If I don’t swap my pjs for my running shorts and nikes, it’s much more unlikely I’ll go for that run later in the afternoon. Also for those of you living in a hot climate, it’s important to get that workout in before the heat becomes unbearable!
Wake yourself up with a splash of cold water and get into your kit. I normally down a couple glasses of water to hydrate myself after sleep every morning, and it honestly makes such a difference in making me feel awake. It’s also super important if you’re going to workout straight away in the morning, you’ll need the water!
It might not be your intention to workout, but you can still wake up in body and mind by swapping horizontal for vertical straight after your alarm goes off, and avoiding that extra hour in bed. On the Sundays I’m not exercising, I still try to keep moving. It might be an hour of yoga practice or 20 jumping jacks, it all helps.
3. Eat breakfast like a queen
As the saying goes, ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’ or for us girls, ‘breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a maid’.
It’s not a bad way to plan your meals every day of the week, but especially on a Sunday, after I’ve ticked my workout off of the to-do-list and had a cool shower, breakfast is the first thing on my mind, and I want to do it properly.
During the week, breakfast is often rushed, a means to an end to quell those hunger pangs before getting to work/uni/school or just starting your day. On your productive Sunday, fulfill your culinary desires by taking some time to have a really good breakfast.
For some, this means preparing something nutritious (hello avocado-on-toast instagram opportunity…), and for others it means going out for a luxurious, indulgent brunch!
My idea of a perfect Sunday breakfast…
A matcha latte, (made with coconut or almond milk tastes so good!) with cinnamon sprinkled on top, some poached eggs, if there’s an avocado going spare I will almost certainly make some guacamole to eat on toast. Sunday morning is a great time to make a huge smoothie with whatever needs to be used up, leaving the fridge empty and ready for next week’s groceries.
4. Plan your week
After you’ve enjoyed some downtime with your fresh smoothie whilst reading some of your book, or catching up on emails, get yourself a piece of paper and your diary.
Go check out your fridge, it’s probably looking a little sad by the end of the week, and is in desperate need of some cheering up. This isn’t about meal-prepping or healthy eating, however it can be rewarding when some of the routines from those activities are taken on in a small way. If you take the time to sit down on Sunday and choose your meals for the next week, you will save money when you shop and save time every day because you have all your ingredients at home already.
Jot down your meals in your diary, slot in your planned time with friends and family, fit in your time in the gym/workouts around that but the important thing is to write it all down!
Writing gives me purpose, because I haven’t just made a mental note to go to the gym, I’ve organised my time and if I don’t go on that specific day, I may not be able to on other days. This goes for anything: a movie at the cinema, a family BBQ, date night etc.
Nothing I’m saying is new or revolutionary, but I hope this helps or inspires you to get up and at ’em next Sunday and see that the day doesn’t have to go to waste, but can be an amazing way to prepare for the week ahead, so those niggly little annoying things that normally crop up during the week, just won’t 🙂
Photographs taken in Cannes (Palm Beach, La Croisette). Have you ever been to Cannes? I went for the first time in June and will be returning in just over a week! Where do I need to go and what is a must to see?!
What’s your ideal way to spend Sunday? Do you have any Sunday rituals you can’t survive without?