Sunday is one of my favorite days, sleeping in (well as late as you can with two kids), football and football snacks, family dinner and of course prep work. I use Sunday to make my week much more efficient. With a commute of an hour to and from work, my mornings have to start pretty early to get the kids ready and out the door and my nights are shorter to get on dinner and actually hang out with my family before it is time for baths, books and bed. To maximize my available time and to reduce my stress level, I do a few things on Sunday and it makes a world of difference. Here is my Sunday Prep list. Some things might work for you and some may not, but regardless whether you do 1 or all of the items your week will be a little less busy and a whole lot more streamlined.
- Plan out your dinners for the week and go grocery shopping for all the items needed to make them. I am a habitual Pinterest pinner so now on Sundays I go through all my “Food” pins and pick 5 I want to make for dinner. This allows me to start dinner right when I get home or put it in the crockpot the morning of and it saves me from having to hit up the grocery store during the week multiple times. It also helps me clear out all the pins I have and feel like I am actually doing something with them.
- Pull out your vitamins for the week and put into a weekly container. This is a small one but it makes a big difference. I just grab my vitamin container throw it in my car and then I am set.
- Pay Bills and write out checks. I do most of my banking online so on Sundays I sit down with my mail pile and I enter in all my bills that need to be paid. I also write out all of the checks that need to be sent including my check for daycare. By keeping up on it weekly it saves you time and money (no late fees)!
- Prepare food items that will last all week for quick grab-and-go options either for breakfast or lunch. Examples would be Overnight Oats (see recipe below for one of my favorites), hard boiled eggs, baked chicken, etc. It is so nice to just have things on hand that I can grab quick that are “better” for me than a bag of chips and a lean cuisine.
- Pick out your outfits for work (and if you get really ambitious, pick out your kids’ clothes as well). I just look at the weather forecast ahead of time and then pick out 6-7 outfits. The reason for 6-7 vs. 5 for the 5 days I work is so that if something just doesn’t feel right or maybe the weather shifted a bit I have another option.
- Purse/Bag dump. Every Sunday I take my purse and any bags out of my car and clean them out and replenish them. My two kids are 2 and 4 months so diaper bags constantly need to be cleaned out and refreshed with items. Also my purse gathers multiple receipts and other items, and it feels so good to clean it out and prepare it for the week to come.
- Wash your bed sheets. This one might seem a little crazy but there is nothing better than starting your work week off with good smelling, feel good sheets.
Overnight Oats Recipe
- 18oz Fage Vanilla Fruyo Greek Yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1 1/2 tsps. Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/2 tsps. Almond Extract
Mix all items together and put in individual glass mason jars (I use 4-5 of the 4oz mason jars). Put in fridge and grab one out each day of the week. When I go to eat mine I add some Raw Honey and Sliced Almonds for crunch.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Mother of 2