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6 Things to Do Sunday for a Better Week

A little bit of time and effort on Sunday can lead to a Better Week. Here a few things to accomplish a smoother week.

1. Lay Out Outfits for Week

One of the best things you can do to help save time is to choose your outfits and lay them out ahead of time(including all accessories). Check the weather forecast to make sure your clothes are appropriate for the weather. You can wake up knowing that you do not have to spend mental energy deciding what to wear or finding out that the dress you had in mind to wear needs cleaning.

2. Meal Plan including Snacks

Shopping and planning the meals ahead saves on that time-wasting last-minute trip to the grocery store. Do as much prep work as you can. Also, divide snacks into small ziplock bags to make grab-and-go snacks. Planning your own meals will allow you to see how much you’re actually eating and helps with portion control. Being hungry and realizing you have nothing planned is stressful. Instead of standing in front of your fridge or pantry deciding what to cook, you can have your healthy meals planned.

3. Empty your Inbox

I know that an Inbox can fill up fast. On Sunday, I empty my inbox, deleting and sorting them into files. This gives me a fresh start and ensures that nothing is missed that needs to be taken care of that week. We have a lot of stress and things to think about every day. If you purposely leave essential things to do for later in your inbox, then your brain will think about all of that and still have to deal with incoming content. You are only multiplying your stress and distractions.

4. Tidy up

A cluttered and disorganized home increases stress levels. When everything has a place, it is much easier to find in a hurry. It is hard to stay focused in a disorganized home. Also, coming home to an organized and clean home reduces the risk of depression. Plus, tidying up to your favorite tunes keeps you fit and is an instant mood elevator.

5. Create a Weekly To-Do List

A To-Do list creates order in our life. It allows us to break down a task into smaller tasks. The feeling of moving forward and scratching off items on your to-do list creates a sense of accomplishment. It also makes sure you do not miss essential things, which can reduce stress. It also allows you to keep less in your head that you have to remember. Incomplete tasks have a way of continuing to brew in our subconscious, compounding and leading to anxiety. A weekly to-do list helps to cut down that anxiety. It also allows us to prioritize things that need to be done by order of importance.

6. Create Budget

A weekly budget shows you where to allocate your money and how to distribute your income more effectively. Budgeting forces you to be aware of your spending habits. You may be shocked to learn how much you’ve been spending on many things. Once you know where your money is going, you can use your Budget to help you cut bad habits and form better ones. Making a budget enables you to see the big picture of your finances more clearly, making good decisions about what’s essential and where you should focus first. Living paycheck to paycheck and wondering where your money is going every month makes the future seems scary. Budgeting includes planning for your present and future so you can look forward to what comes next for you.

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