I hate the Sunday scaries.
When I worked from home full-time, I didn’t experience these at all. I didn’t care about Monday coming, because for the most part, nothing was all that different for me except I was working. And I like to work.
The Sunday scaries started to pop up when I started working from an actual office part-time throughout the week. Now that I’m about to start full-time working in an office again (whaaaat?), I know that the Sunday scaries are going to be like, “Hey friend! Did you miss us?!” No, I did not miss you, but I was prepared for you to come back!
For some people, the Sunday scaries might be because they really don’t want to go to work or school – they dread it so much that Sunday is a horrible day for them.
Wait, WTF are the Sunday scaries?
For me, the Sunday scaries are just the culmination of everything I have to do and haven’t yet done, staring down at me, saying, “It’s time, Paige.” I think we all have this on Sunday evenings/Monday mornings, though.
We see what we have to get done in the week ahead and see what we didn’t get done over the weekend (probably for a good reason!) and … well … freak out.
My mom was with me this weekend, and if there’s one thing my mom and I have in common, it’s our ability to knock out tasks on a to do list.
And that’s exactly what we did on Saturday evening and Sunday, so the Sunday scaries were just a myth yesterday evening. I got to enjoy a book I’ve been reading, work on my novel and take Theo on a walk – all without feeling guilty or stressed.
I have a few things I do every Sunday to make sure I set myself up for success for the rest of the week and don’t feel stalked all day long by everything I need to do.
Here are my tips for making the most of your Sunday and setting yourself up for scary-free success:
1. Write down (or type out) everything you’d like to get done on your Sunday – or your weekend, if that is easier.
Y’all know how I feel about the power of the brain dump. Get it out of your head and onto paper.
2. Include fun stuff, like watching a movie or reading – it’s not ALL chores and laundry!
I literally wrote down, “Take a shower.” *shrug emoji*
3. Treat yourself with accomplish goals.
“If I finish this really annoying task I’ve been putting off, I’ll watch an episode of Seinfeld while I fold laundry.
4. Prioritize your list.
I like really detailed lists because my list looks like I accomplished more! To each their own.
Separate your long, detailed list into things you have to get done before Sunday comes to an end and things you’d just like to get done.
5. Don’t lock yourself in the house all day.
Work in errands that let you get some sunshine, talk to other people, etc.
i.e., I always go grocery shopping on Sundays!
6. If you have a roommate or a partner, ask for help.
Maybe this is just me, but I like to take things on and try to do it all myself.
7. Make sure you are actually accomplishing tasks that will make your life easier for the rest of the week.
Are you really going to be happier come Thursday because you dusted your blinds but didn’t make a meal plan for the week? Hmmmm?
8. Listen to great music or an engaging podcast or audiobook while you work.
I clean and accomplish my Sunday task list to the soundtrack of Hipster Cocktail Party, the ultimate Pandora playlist. (Well, this Sunday was to the soundtrack of March Madness.)
What my Sunday list looks like every week
- Load & empty dishwasher. No dirty dishes come Monday morning!
- Do all laundry in the house. And then fold it and put it away. ALL OF IT!
- Bake a loaf of bread. (I use a bread machine, I’m not Superwoman.)
- Make meal plan & grocery list. Buy groceries and knock out my meal prep for the week.
- Pack lunch for Monday.
- Plan my social media and blog posts for the week. Schedule as much of this as possible.
- Wash the sheets and make the bed. (I do this bi-weekly if not monthly. I’m not Superwoman, I repeat.)
- Clean the bathrooms. (My definition of cleaning a bathroom is putting toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and wiping down the counters. I do a deep clean monthly.)
- Run the Roomba. (I usually run it 2x on Sundays. Theo is a beast.)
- Read for 30 minutes.
- Write for 30 minutes.
You never know what else you might see on my Sunday list, but I consider what the week ahead is going to look like and I plan for it when I make my Sunday list.
Do you experience the Sunday scaries? How do you beat them?