Checklist to Start Your Week Right

Do you come back from your weekend needing another weekend to recover? “How to start the week” is one of the most popular questions. Ironically, much of the “starting the week” stress is self-inflicted. It is either due to not being prepared or irresponsible behavior over the weekend. Everyone wants to be more organized and have less life friction during their work week. However, most do not want to spend hours and hours managing their workload.

Here is a checklist to start your week right :

  • Create a To-Do List – By writing down everything you need to get accomplished during the upcoming week, you’ll be able to better plan each day and won’t be surprised by any deadlines.
  • Go Grocery Shopping – By going grocery shopping at the beginning of each week, you can be sure that you have enough at home and won’t need to spend that extra money out.
  • Prioritise – If you have an urgent deadline coming up, make sure you schedule a time to finish that project first, even if it means pushing off other tasks.
  • Declutter Your Surroundings – Take some time on Sunday afternoon to organise everything so you can start your week with a clean slate.
  • Meal Prep – By preparing leisurely breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on Sunday, you’ll be able to grab and go throughout the week.
  • Do Laundry – By doing laundry at the beginning of the week, you can plan out your outfits for the entire week in advance.
  • Clear Out Your Inbox – I guarantee there are at least a couple of emails lists you can unsubscribe from.
  • Get Outdoors – Exercise is an essential part of maintaining your health, both physically and mentally.
  • Take a Look at Your Budget – Sunday if a great day to review your finances.
  • Get Enough Sleep – It’s important to give yourself a proper night of sleep before tackling Monday.
  • Enjoy Your Time Off – Watching reruns of your favourite television shows, lounging in a bubble bath or enjoying a picnic in the park (with social distancing). It’s simpler than you think.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Great list! Even being retired, there are a few tips to follow: staying organized with a To-Do list, enjoying plenty of outdoor exercise (in my case, walking), and decluttering (guilty of letting mail pile up for a couple of days).

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    1. GS says:

      Ah decluttering is important on so many levels. Removing clutter is also physically healthier because it removes dust particles and toxins from the air, which can improve allergy symptoms and overall wellness. Decluttering may also help you feel better about yourself because it’s something of an accomplishment. Decluttering goes far beyond improving the aesthetics of your home or work space. It’s essential to both your physical and mental wellbeing. As more things occupy our space, they find a way to seep into our minds and lead to increased stress and anxiety.


  2. Excellent suggestions!

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found the post useful. Many studies have shown that on Sunday afternoons, most people start to feel depressed. Maybe you’ve felt it. Work is coming. The weekend is over and it wasn’t all you imagined it would be. The pressure of another week of performance begins to hit early. There are hundreds of reasons why, but Sunday afternoon and evening is generally a downer. No wonder Monday seems to be so, well… Monday. That is why this list can be helpful 🙂

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  3. clcouch123 says:

    Honestly, I like this list. It’s doable, and many of the tasks can be enjoyed. Especially in an attitude of relief for all the things taken care of, avoiding the stress of doing them when other matters will press at work.

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    1. GS says:

      Garfield the cat got two things very right: First, lasagna is delicious. Second, Mondays can be a real drag. It’s not merely the transition from playtime to the work and school week. Many of us stay up later on weekend nights and sleep in during the day, messing up our circadian rhythms and making us grumpy and irritable when the alarm goes off on Monday morning. The stress of starting the week may even affect our health. A 2004 study found that blood pressure tends to be highest on Monday mornings, while another concluded that Monday is the most common day of the week for heart attacks. All of this may make you want to hit snooze and spend Mondays under the covers.

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