We’re all familiar with that old saying that “a weekend well spent brings a week of content” right? I mean, if you haven’t seen it captioned all over on Instagram (y’know; a weekend well spent, brings a week of social media content…) then you’ll have probably heard the words muttered with a smile over weekend brunch. I used to think that the phrase meant cramming the weekend full of activities – that if you hadn’t hiked up a mountain, gone out for brunch, been to a museum, hit the shops, gone to the cinema, spent time with the family and polished everything off with a whopping great big roast then nope, you were doing weekends wrong. I mean, who has the energy for all that!?
Growing up, I used to absolutely HATE Sundays – and even though it’s still a whole 50% of the weekend, it always used to feel like the end of it. It was just one big clock-watch and countdown until bedtime and giving into Monday’s looming arrival, and the back to school/back to work blues would hit me hard. Because of that feeling, Sundays were never “well spent”; I’d resent going out somewhere or running errands because the day would just disappear, but at the same time I’d hate staying in because then it just felt like a massive waste. I just didn’t know how to spend the time in a satisfying way.
The truth is that time “well spent” means something different to everyone. For me, it’s all about balance, and I’ve come to realise that when we’re talking about Sundays that balance is between doing things that relax my mind and make me smile, and doing things that’ll get it into gear for the week ahead. It’s the basics of self-care, right? Allowing yourself to indulge in the things that not only make you happy (a big ass brunch and new shoes), but also doing the things that are necessary to function as an adult (changing the sheets and ticking things off that to do list)!
So let me give that old saying a little bit of a tweak, because I think the truth of the matter is that a Sunday well spent brings a week of intent. People who Sunday like a pro feed off of that back to work feeling because it enables them to spend the time wisely, not only having fun but prepping for Monday’s arrival. I’m still no Sunday Pro myself, but here are a few things that I like to do to rest and prep for the week ahead… 🙂
Have a Fancy Breakfast
During the week I’m a fast bowl of Frosties kinda girl; they’re grrrrrrrrreat to slurp down quickly on a Monday morning, but not exactly worth getting out of bed for on a lazy Sunday, right? We can do so much better! Sundays (and Saturdays…) are for Brunching – which is basically another way of saying “On Sundays, we fancy”. I’m talking eggs, pancakes, french toast… A little bit of whatever you fancy and can’t be bothered/don’t have the time to make or enjoy during the week. A slow Sunday morning is one of my favourite things!
If you’re looking for a couple of recipes to pump up your Sunday jam then check out some of my Favourite Egg Recipes here, a whole post on Fabulous French Toast here, as well as Five Lazy Breakfast Ideas here. Breakfast food is my favourite food, in case you didn’t already know… 😉
Do Something FUN
I guess the point with this one is to do something that sparks joy – something that you can’t do during the week – whether that’s slobbing out on the sofa and binge-watching three seasons of Alaskan Bush People (…No regrets), baking a little something-something, going out for Sunday Lunch, hiking up a mountain or going for a bike ride, filling up your ASOS shopping bag, or just taking the dog on a proper walk. Let the good times roll before Monday rolls back around!
I started meal planning last year and honestly, it was a total game changer. It’s helped me not only to cut down on how much I spend on the weekly food shop, but also to cut down on food waste and all that time spent faffing around trying to work out what the hell to cook for dinner every night. These days I make just one trip to the supermarket and pick up everything I need for the week ahead. A little bit of planning goes such a long way!
Because I do my food shop on a Monday, Sunday is the day I like to meal plan. I check my diary for the week and see what’s happening – to see if there are any days where either myself or Sunny are out, or days that are looking crazy-busy (takeaway night!) – and then I start planning! I jot down all the meals I plan on making over the next seven days (focusing on dinner – that’s the big one) and then I write up a shopping list. 🙂
You can read all about how to start meal planning – along with some tips and tricks – right here.
I LOVE having a bit of a pamper-sesh on Sunday evening. Yes, it’s relaxing, and sure, it’s nice to sit and stew in some suds for an hour rather than have the ten minute shower I tend to go for during the week… but honestly, it’s kind of necessary if I want to keep myself looking (and feeling!) ship-shape and shiny. I don’t have time to re-paint my nails during the week, or to shave my legs, or clean my makeup brushes and sit around in a hair or a face mask for an hour; so Sunday is the day where I catch up and take the time to tick off all those things that a woman’s gotta do.
You can read my step by step Sunday Soak and a see a list of my favourite products right here.
Make a List of Goals
As well as writing up my shopping list, I also like to write a list of goals for the week ahead too. It’s really nice waking up on a Monday armed with an attack plan! I write down all the things I need to do by the end of the week in order of importance – as well as a list of a few selfish things that I’d quite like to do. I also like to make some fun plans for the following weekend! We all need a reward for hard work, right? 😉
Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you’re up to; let me know how you like to spend your Sunday in the comments below 🙂