For everyone, Monday mornings are hard enough, not to talk of mothers. Why not take some of the pressure off? If you take some time out of your Sunday night to get stuff done, you’ll have less to do in the morning. Just a few changes to your weekend routine will make your Monday morning far less stressful and hectic.
If you’re not sure how to make it happen, here are a few things to try Sunday night…
You don’t have to prep all your meals for the week (although, if you choose to, you’ll save yourself so much time, money and energy) but you should at least take some time to make your breakfast and lunch and get dinner ready for the family to cook for Monday.
Try putting together an easy breakfast that you can just grab from the fridge and eat when you wake up or take with you to work or for school for the children. Prepare your Monday meals however it works best for your lifestyle, but the more you do Sunday night, the less you have to do later on.
This is another one where you have the option to go full-on ready for the week, or just for Monday, but either way, choosing what you’re going to wear the night before will definitely make Monday morning a little less stressful.
For children, ensure their school uniforms are properly washed and ironed. Their socks should be washed and put in place too. To be on the safe side, (because of the rain, get their cardigans ready as well). That way, if you wake up and it’s raining when it was supposed to be sunny, you don’t have to rethink your entire plan.
Pack your bag
Save yourself the hassle Monday morning brings by packing your bags Sunday night. Take a look at your child’s school time table and supervise them while packing your books.
Round up all the things you need, from your keys and your work supplies. Pack them up neatly, and put it all by the door so that you don’t forget anything on your way out. You can also take this practice with you through the rest of the week to make all your mornings a little less hectic.
Check your emails
OK, so no one wants to do actual work on Sunday night, but you can save yourself a lot of time on Monday by going through your emails the night before. You don’t have to be totally “on” for this, and you don’t even have to respond to anything if you don’t want to—just clear out the emails you don’t need, and flag the ones you need to answer in the morning. That way, you’ll have less to go through on Monday, and you’ll already have what you need to respond to prioritized.
Write your to-do list
Take a few minutes on Sunday night to write out your to-do list for Monday (or, again, the rest of the week if that is more helpful to you). Think about what you need to get done at work, any errands you need your kids to run, any deadlines you need to make, and whatever else you might need to do that day, and write it down or make a list on your phone (wherever you normally keep your to-do lists, or wherever is most convenient for you).
When you wake up Monday morning, you won’t have to waste time trying to remember everything you need to get done—you’ll already know exactly where you stand for the day.
The start of a new week means different things to different people. To make your week easier to navigate through, prepare for it on a Sunday night before. Allow children to participate in the routine as well. That way, they’ll grow up to be responsible young adults.