When it comes to making things happen in your life, it really is true that luck is where opportunity meets preparation, so you need to be moving in the right direction and planting seeds to grow opportunities constantly. Using your time efficiently is the best way to do this and there is nothing worse than waking up on a Monday morning feeling groggy, unprepared and lost for a direction.

Starting your week on a good footing will allow you to get ahead of 95% of the rest of the population. Now I get up at 5am every day so I usually have a few hours to do this on the Monday but I still plan my week out on my Sunday evening and even though the plan never sticks exactly it kicks me into high gear on a Monday morning and feel like the motors are turning.

My advice is that you don’t need a detailed plan on a Sunday but I would get the following few items  out of the way Sunday evening so that you don’t need to think about where to start on Monday.

Calendar & To Do List

A simple start is to open up Google Calendar and Habitica or whatever tools you use to plan, personally I use an old school set of White Boards, love ‘em. You do not need a granular per hour plan, however I would set up the 3-10 most important deliverables for your week across the calendar, so you know what needs to be done. Then specifically write down the 1-3 most important tasks to get done that Monday.

This way when you wake up on Monday, you can hit one of those tasks up and get it out of the way before you open your email, phone, etc. Start your week with a win to set the precedent for the week.

Get On Top of Correspondence

I usually use the last hour before wind down on my Sundays, checking Email, WhatsApp, Slack etc, just taking care and making notes of to-dos across them all, trying to get as close as I can to Inbox 0 (a no unread inbox), that way when I wake up on Monday I have the time to work on my to-do list for a few hours before feeling the stress to check my inbox.

Exercise Plan

No matter what you do for a living, being clear minded is absolutely a priority and if you want to stay focused during the week then you need to stay healthy. My advice is that you don’t need to over do it, check out our new YourEasySteps blog for ongoing tips for simple fitness, but I would suggest scheduling 30 minutes a day for exercise and writing down what you want to achieve in those 30 minute blocks for the whole week.

This will help automate your exercise and give you accountability to yourself to get it done for the week.

Clear Stress

The last thing I do every Sunday that really helps my weekly mindset is to take a single page out and simply write out bullet points of everything that is causing me stress at the moment and if I have a solution to any one of these I write that solution under it. Getting these stresses off the mind and onto a page will cause your mind to look at these while you sleep and you’d be surprised how often you’ll wake up on the Monday with a clearer plan on tackling these stresses.

If you have any other tips for making the most of a Sunday, please put them in the comments and share the post using the icons to the left if you know anyone who this could help!