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Ready to prep for the upcoming week without sacrificing your whole Sunday?
Because in this post I’m sharing the exact 60-minute (or less) Sunday reset routine I use every week that has meant my days are no longer an overscheduled mess.
AND I don’t have that Sunday night “shit it’s Monday tomorrow” panic anymore.
Sound good? Then keep reading…
Download Your Sunday Reset Worksheet
Oh yeah, and I made a little worksheet for you to make the process even quicker and easier.
Just click the button below to grab your FREE weekly reset worksheet.
What is a reset day?
Most often called a Sunday reset, it’s when fancy Youtubers take an entire day and dedicate it to self-care and planning out the week ahead (which is now only six days long because Sunday, the seventh day, is no longer a useable day in your week).
Okay, I’m throwing some unnecessary shade here because let’s all be honest, who wouldn’t love the freedom and time to dedicate an entire day to reset their mind, body, and calendar?
I mean that’s the basic point of a Sunday reset, to reset you in whatever way you need for the week ahead.
The main problem with this plan is that I only have two days in my weekends (don’t know about you…) and dedicating one whole day to getting ready for the next week, of which the majority of the days will involve work, kinda feels like a waste of that delicious day off…
But, on the other hand, having some sort of prep and reset for the upcoming week ahead is invaluable, and goes a long way to completely eradicating that Sunday night anxiety and Monday morning panicked rush.
Why I started a Sunday Reset?
I used to be the Queen of Sunday night anxiety.
And the freaking president of Monday morning depression.
My days were overbooked and inflexible.
I would use time blocking to manage my time (actually I still do, time blocking was not the problem, it’s amazing, my system was the problem…) but if I had a single appointment that happened during a time block, my entire week would be fucked because I had zero flexibility.
What I needed was some dedicated time every week to get my calendar and life in order for the coming week ahead.
It’s a very simple solution but for some reason, it took me ages to consider doing it on a Sunday.
And doing it on Sunday is where the magic happens.
Why? Because Sunday night for me (and many people) was always when I started to dread the working week ahead.
I would start panicking about everything I had to do and worry when I was going to fit it all in.
But now I take all the nervous energy and solve the freaking problem. I plan out my week to make sure everything fits.
So no more Sunday night panic, which in turn means no more Monday morning depression.
Because I know my week is sorted and everything I need to get done has time dedicated to it.
Breathe a freaking sigh of relief my friends.
What a typical Sunday looks like for me
Like I mentioned earlier my Sunday reset is short.
It’s more like a Sunday night reset because I don’t want to have to sacrifice one out of the two of my days off for something I really have to do, versus something I want to do.
So my Sundays look like this…
I wake up when I want and I do what I want during the whole of Sunday bar taking 60-minutes to do my Sunday reset.
Some weeks that looks like getting up at 6 am so I can spend the day visiting friends or doing something cool and then doing my Sunday reset when I get home after dins.
Other weeks that means getting up at 10 am, having a lazy breakfast, going grocery shopping and then catching up on my favorite Netflix shows, slotting in my Sunday reset whenever I feel.
The point is my Sunday is not dictated by an entire routine I have to complete.
I purposely wanted to keep my Sunday reset small and super easy to do so I actually do it.
I know myself too well in that if I set up an amazing full-day self-care and organizational routine for Sunday, while it might have the potential to have a great impact on my life, I will do it twice and then won’t be bothered to do it again.
And then that’s zero impact it’s having.
Far better to have a shorter Sunday reset that’s actually doable because it’s those small things you can do consistently that really have the biggest impact on your happiness, mental health, and life.
What should I do on my Sunday reset?
For myself, my Sunday reset is all about prepping my calendar, time blocking and to-do list for the week ahead. So I don’t have to worry when I’m doing things and if I will have time to get stuff done.
I choose that to be my Sunday reset focus (and it’s what I will be explaining how to do in more detail later on in this post) because they were the things causing me anxiety.
But, let’s be clear, if those sorts of things cause you zero anxiety but what you actually get anxiety around is what you’re going to eat that week, then you could use your Sunday reset time for meal planning instead.
The whole point is to sort out what’s giving you the most negative energy for the week ahead and nip it in the bud.
I do find for the majority of people it’s the planning aspect that helps the most, but seriously do what works for you!
And if you did want to do a whole day Sunday reset, you might be asking yourself how can I reset my mind and body?
So here’s a few things you might want to do:
- Have a screenless Sunday
- Do a facemask
- Go for a walk in nature
- Do a hair treatment
- Go grocery shopping
- Meal planning
- Prep your meals
- Tidy your home
- Clean your home
- Do some stretching or yoga
- Get the laundry done
Basically any of those tasks that make you feel prepared and calm once they’re done.
How do I prepare for a week ahead?
AKA my weekly reset routine.
And if you want to do your own Sunday reset along with me then hit the button below to download your FREE weekly reset worksheet. 👇
There are really only two steps to this process which is why I love it so very much.
It’s quick, simple and actually works. What more could you want?
Let’s get started…
Step One – Brainstorm and braindump everything you have to do this coming week
And I mean everything.
If you’ve downloaded the worksheets then grab your “Everything I Have to Do” sheet, otherwise open up a blank doc on your laptop (if you’re going digital) or get a plain piece of paper.
Now write down everything you have to do next week and everything you want to do next week.
So any to-dos, appointments, meetings, admin tasks, chores, work, school, fun things… Literally everything.
To give you an example, here is a snippet of one of my weekly lists (bear in mind that I work for myself so client work or blog work is my job):
- Do laundry three times
- Do four hours of client work each weekday
- Do three hours of blog work each weekday
- Get something out for dinner every day
- Book car in for service
- Feed cats each day
- Go to the dentist on Tuesday
- Buy present for Mum’s birthday
Remember it’s just a snippet, my full weekly lists are a lot longer than this.
You can see that I have noted some of the items are done multiple times per week, whereas others are one-off items.
You will also see that I didn’t list out the exact tasks I would be doing during “work” that’s because I use a project management software (Asana if you’re interested) to manage exactly what I’m doing in those times.
But I could have broken down those blocks into exactly what I would be doing. So instead of three hours of blog work each weekday, I might have write a blog post on Monday, get accounts up to date on Tuesday, reply to emails on Tuesday, etc, etc.
So get everything written down. Even the small things like putting on a load of laundry.
Then you’re ready for step two…
Step Two – Schedule those tasks out
Now we know exactly what we have to get done next week, and nothing is left floating around your head giving you anxiety, it’s time to decide when you’re going to do them.
So grab your “Weekly Schedule” sheets, or if you’re digital bring up your calendar on your laptop, or grab your planner if you’re a planner kinda gal.
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Okay back to the scheduled viewing…
First, go through your list of things you have to get done and add your appointments and meetings to your weekly schedule. You want to make sure you’re literally blocking off the time you will be unavailable doing those things.
Don’t forget to add any travel time and things like that that you may need.
We have to add these items first because they’re not flexible in any way. You have to be doing these things at those times. They’re non-negotiable.
And don’t forget to cross things off your list as you add them to your schedule. Once we’ve done this everything on your list should be crossed off.
Next up add in your big chunks of time. So if you work or go to school you want to block off the time you will be doing that on your schedule.
Also, add in any other commitments you have that take-up a decent amount of time. Like maybe you play a sport on Saturday mornings or volunteer Monday evenings. Add those.
At this point, you will probably be left with lots of smaller tasks that don’t take too long (like chores or random to-dos) or more flexible tasks (such as shopping for Mum’s birthday present).
If you have a task that will only take a couple of minutes (like booking your car in for a service) add that to the to-do list at the bottom of one of your days. These are tasks you can just randomly fit in throughout the day. They don’t need to be scheduled as such.
Now block in everything else onto the remaining space on your weekly schedule.
You should now be looking at your “Everything I Have to Do” sheet and seeing everything crossed off.
WOOHOO you did it. Week officially planned!
But what if I couldn’t fit everything in?
Then you need to prioritize or delegate.
See if there is anything you can ask someone else to do for you to get that off your plate. Like maybe your partner wouldn’t mind booking your car in for its service for you.
Then, if you still can’t get everything done, you will have to decide what can wait until next week.
Prioritizing is hard but it’s a super important part of time management.
I know it’s annoying and can be painful having to really decide what’s important and what’s not but you’ve gotta do it. Otherwise, you’re going to end up burnt out and then you will be able to do even less…
Well, you’ve done it.
That’s how easy and quick the process is…
There really is nothing else you need to do now your entire week is planned.
So don’t forget to download your Sunday reset worksheets (by clicking the button below) but otherwise go enjoy the rest of your day!
Okay, there is one thing you could do…
While I don’t personally want my entire Sunday to be dedicated to a weekly reset, that doesn’t mean I don’t adore watching other people’s incredible Sunday routines.
(Yeah I know, hypocrite much.)
So I’ve rounded up my favorite Sunday reset videos that you can watch below.