There’s a point during most Sunday afternoons when it hits me that Monday is coming. Again. Meaning that work is coming, and a packed schedule is coming, and weekend rest and relaxation is on its way out. Just the idea gets me anxious — my weekly bout of the Sunday Scaries. But there are a few little things I like to do to help make the transition from weekend to weekday less painful …
Meal prep isn’t something that I have completely mastered yet, but I find that it is so much easier to enter the week when I know what I’ll be eating on Monday (at the very least). I aim to grocery shop during the weekend so I’ve got a full pantry of choices.
But after all the meal prep, it’s important to clean the kitchen! Waking up on Monday morning to find that all of your plates, utensils, and coffee mugs are dirty is really irritating. I try to get all the dishes in the dishwasher, all the counters wiped, and all the groceries put away before the kitchen “closes” for the night.
I have a pretty streamlined skincare routine during the week, but on Sunday nights I switch things up with a face mask. I keep a few options (1 / 2 / 3) in my apartment. Using a mask feels like a treat, but is easy and at-home. And I often do other things while I let my mask sit.
Putting away laundry is one of those things that is so easy to put off, but that makes such a difference to my peace of mind. In fact, one of the habits I’m trying super-hard to break is the way I build a pile of worn work clothes in the corner of my closet throughout the week. On Sunday nights (often with a mask on my face), I make sure all of my work clothes are hung up and all laundry is put away. It makes Monday morning dressing easier and does wonders to make my space feel cleaner.
I always make sure to check my calendar (work and personal) before my week begins. I’m a planner, so it helps keep me calm when I have a chance to mentally prepare for whatever is coming. Of course, I don’t delve too far into anything — I just take a general look at meetings, appointments, deadlines, etc.
Now, I’m not saying that Mondays will ever be easy, but they can be made easier.