Why You Need a Sunday Recharge Every Week

These strategies to stay motivated and positive feel like the perfect Sunday recharge routine! It’s hard to figure out how to relax in one day, but these three recharging activities are designed to help you feel calm, competent, and ready to take on the world come Monday morning. You’ll never have to wonder again what to do on a Sunday at home or how to plan your week, because this post tells you exactly how to prepare for your best week… every week.

As we hurtle through the days, weeks, months, and years of our lives, it often seems as if we’re constantly striving to keep up with a world that is moving just a little faster every day. It’s true, most of us do try to cram more into our time now than people used to years ago.

What does this mean for you? Simply put, finding time to recharge yourself and get a grip on your goals and plans is more vital than ever.

So let’s talk about how to do a Sunday Recharge with these tips to quiet your mind and plan your week.

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Altogether, you should block out three 30-minute sections of time.

Do NOT feel selfish about this. The first time you try, it might be difficult. You’ll be thinking about all the other things you “should” be doing. But remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

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30 Minutes Quiet

Choose ONE of the following to “fill your cup”:

Read

Nap

Meditate

Journal (Here are 30 Printable Journal Jar Prompts to Inspire Reflection)

Take a walk

Sit outside and simply enjoy nature

The idea is to give your brain a rest and refresh your body. Set the timer on your phone if you’re normally a clock-watcher, but turn off other notifications. Constant texts or calls will NOT help you relax.

When your quiet time is up, you should feel ready to tackle the rest of the day. Take a deep breath, smile, and move forward.


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30 Minutes Planning

Grab your planner (Tools4Wisdom planners are among my favorites), calendar, or whatever you use to keep track of your life.

Write down appointments and block out travel time.

Plan meals. Check the pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what needs to be used first and to make sure you have the ingredients you need.

Decide what you will wear every day. This is super-easy if you have a minimalist wardrobe or wear a uniform.

Write down your goals for the week. Are they realistic and necessary? Are they helping you work toward one goal or focus? Cross off anything to which you don’t answer “yes.”

Break your goals down into daily task lists if necessary or if that’s how you use your planner.


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30 Minutes Preparing

Now it’s time to actually prepare for your week:

Sign school papers, fill out appointment paperwork, etc.

Coordinate your appointments and tasks with a digital calendar or reminder app if you use one.

Email reminders to others who may be meeting or working with you.

Gather recipes and meal ingredients in one place.

Pair clothing and accessories for the week.

If you want to spend a little more time preparing, consider doing these things:

45-minute meal prep session

Plan a monthly menu

 

beverage resting on table

Don’t be overwhelmed at the thought of finding 90 minutes to relax and plan all in one day. If you usually sleep in on Sundays, then get up 30 minutes earlier and have your quiet time. If you usually linger over breakfast, then spend part of that time planning your week. Or choose to turn off the television a little earlier so you can plan and prepare for the next week.

Could you cut down on the time, perhaps only spending 20 minutes on each section? Sure, if that works for you or you don’t have a lot going on that needs to be planned or prepped. I just know that things always take longer than I *think* they will, so I like to build in a buffer.

These are all suggestions, and you have to make your days and schedule work for YOU, but I cannot stress enough the difference you will feel by taking the time to do a Sunday Recharge every week. When Sunday is over, you can go to bed and sleep well, knowing you’ll be ready to take on the world come Monday morning.


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Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com

Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com
Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com
Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com
Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com
Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com

 

 

Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com
Tips to Quiet Your Mind + Plan Your Week. | #SundayRecharge | #Essential2018 | #goalplanning | #selfcare | www.fillingthejars.com

6 thoughts on “Why You Need a Sunday Recharge Every Week”

  1. These are all great suggestions, Julie, and for those who are feeling stressed about finding 90 more minutes to perform these activities, I’d suggest that those 90 minutes will save much more time throughout the week, so you actually come out ahead! I found your post on the Bloggers Pit Stop and have shared on social media!

    1. Hi Christie! I’m so glad you stopped by! I know that the time I spend refreshing and planning DEFINITELY saves me more time… thank you for mentioning that! Thanks for the share and see you next week at the Pit Stop!

  2. I quite like the idea of taking these time slots to recharge and prepare yourself for the week ahead. I hate the thought of constantly just rushing around chasing my tail. I know we can personalize this so I would take out the nap time and do something like a foot soak. For some reason I always find this soothing. Perhaps it’s because I can’t really move or do much in this time so it gives me a chance to clear my head and then set things the way I want them in this old brain. Thanks for the tips Julie.

    1. I sometimes wish businesses were still closed on Sundays like they were when I was young… it would force us to slow down once a week. A foot soak sounds amazing, love that idea! Thanks for the visit and the comment!

  3. Hi Julie, I love your Sunday afternoon rest/refresh and catch up!! So glad I have landed on the blog, loads of refreshing ideas!! I look forward to delving deeper into it!! Keep up the great work!!

  4. Frances Marie Lopez Torres

    I love your blog post! I actually also recharge all my electronics and clean my purse and work bag during my prep blog. That way I know I have everything ready and charged when I go out the door in the morning.

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