Monday mornings come all too soon. And, for some of us, the anxiety of Monday creeps into our Sundays. But as teenagers, we dreaded Saturday mornings even more than Sundays as adults. Why? Because Saturday was the day our dad enlisted us to wash the cars and mow the yard. My dad taught us the value of hard work. And the five of us learned the value of negotiation and the barter system to trade tasks. One of us, paid her siblings to do her chores so she could go to the mall with her friends. As an adult, my anxiety moved from Saturdays to Sundays. I did not realize I created Sunday hacks until I noticed my anxiety settled down with a set of 5 Sunday hacks to make my Mondays easier.
My dad would call my Sunday hacks his daily habits. Either way, you want to say it, these Sunday hacks quieted the voices in my head. And, I enjoyed Sundays so much more! Here are 5 Sunday Hacks that allowed me to enjoy and appreciate Sunday evenings.
1. Monday To-Do List
As bloggers and dozens of professions, I think some of us are wired for to-do lists. My husband is not one of us. Did you know if you write a task down on paper, you are more likely to complete that task?
When my to-do list starts to churn in my mind I reserve a few minutes on Sunday to commit the to-do list to paper. I start my Monday with a to-do list and a goal to schedule my appointments and tasks before noon.
2. Check the Printer Paper Tray
If there is one thing that drives me crazy it is when I press print from another room only to discover the “refill paper” error message. Or, I need to print a contract or proof something and the printer stops printing halfway and throws out an “empty tray” error message. I always add printer paper on Sunday so I am set for the week.
We all have one of these daily tasks and to be interrupted is frustrating. For you, it may not be the printer paper tray. Maybe it’s unloading the dishwasher.
3. Dry Cleaning
I discovered door-to-door dry cleaning when I had three small children and lived in Columbus, Ohio. All I had to do was remember to leave the dry cleaning bag on the front porch on Monday mornings. I continue this Sunday Hack to this day.
4. Schedule Workouts/Walks
I find when I commit to workout via an online app or I won’t skip the class. I spend a few minutes on Sunday to block mornings for an hour of exercise or a class over lunch.
Sidenote: I have a Spring Walking playlist and a Christmas/Holiday playlist for the fall and winter walks. Denver’s nickname reminds visitors of our love for high altitude living.
I made this pinnable graphic for songs that push me up the hills in and around our neighborhood.
My final Sunday hack is to check the weather for the week. This Sunday hack allows me to pencil in an extra walk with the dogs. And, if I have buyers I set up my showings around the fair-weather days for the week. And, I also plan my “in and out” errands around the weather too. Denver has a history of huge temperature swings so the weather app motivates me to plan my wardrobe and work and social activities.
6. Fuel Up (the Bonus Hack)
My dad taught me this Sunday hack. Fuel up! My dad always made sure we had gas in our tanks and windshield wiper fluid. My blood pressure jumps when I do not have a full tank of gas on Mondays. I get a lot of teasing for filling up my tank when it hits the 1/2 way mark!
Elliott and Chloe on the other side usually tag along for the Puppuccino next door after the gas station.
These are my 5 Sunday hacks before Monday. I can finish these Sunday hacks in under an hour.