Ever jump out of bed on a Monday, hit the ground and scream “Bring it on!”? Yeah, me neither.

I’m not a morning person, and when you have a toddler under your roof, those two things make early mornings a bit of a challenge.

So how then do I approach my Monday so I can hit the ground running? I plan my week on Sunday nights!

This has NOT always been the case.  Most of my life I’ve flown by the seat of my pants, taking life as it comes and winging it.  Not a single plan in sight!

Now that I’m in my 40’s though, I’ve learned a number of life lessons and one of them was to start your week with a Sunday night planning/check-in session with my planner and my family.

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I find that Sundays are the perfect day to plan your week.  Sundays in our house tend to be laid-back and casual and rarely have a firm schedule.  A calm Sunday helps to ease into your week and having a relaxing day on Sunday is a great way to do that.  You’ll get your ducks in a row quickly for the week with a short evening planning session.  Whip out your paper planner (for me!) or your calendar app and sync up with everyone who needs a copy of your schedule!

Here are the items we plan each Sunday:

  • meal plan – use Reebee to plan your meals based on the weekly flyers
  • any appointments for the week – school, dentist, physician, hair cuts, optometrist, other medical
  • any work plans/meetings for hubby
  • any work plans/meetings for me
  • social engagements
  • reminders for weekly sporting, artistic or community activities – including any practice time

Those are just a few of the things we look at each week and obviously yours will be different based on your own family schedule.

Use that list as a jumping off point for you to get started with your weekly plan.  Make the choice to make Sunday a relaxing day on which you get things ready for the upcoming week.

It will make Monday morning much less stressful for you and your family!

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