Seven Sunday Hacks to Prepare for a Successful Week Ahead

How is your week starting off? The Mamas & The Papa’s song Monday Monday has always resonated with me, especially the lyrics,

“Every other day of the week is fine, yeah / But whenever Monday comes you can find me cryin’ all of the time. Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.”

What if you could ease your way into Monday by warming up for an hour or so on Sunday? You don’t go to the gym cold and lift weights immediately, do you? You can take the limbering up lessons of the gym to the workplace. Here are my Seven Sunday Hacks to for a more effective and less stressful week ahead:

Check Your Provisions for the week ahead. Do you have enough printer ink, batteries, paper and other office supplies? What about the foods you’ll eat for breakfast, snacks or food for the road? How about your wardrobe…got enough clothes clean and ready? Are all of your prescriptions filled—avoid a last-minute mad dash by taking care of business now.

Inspect the Mission Critical Tools of your craft, which are vital to your success each day. Is your phone charged and in good working order? Anti-virus scan updated on your computer? How’s your car’s tire pressure, oil, washer fluid and gas? What about your PC projector and remote? Is everything you need for the week ahead in good working order? If not, now’s your day to get it in gear.

Assess the Restaurant Menus Online for the eateries you will frequenting this coming week, especially if you’ll be entertaining clients, customers, employees or prospects. Eating well at work, particularly dining out, is critical for maintaining a healthy weight. If you would like to learn my Top Ten Tips about this, download How to Dine Out Mindfully and In Style, a free chapter from my book Leave the Cannoli Take the Weights: Practical Guidance on Eating, Exercise and Empowerment.

Avoid Traffic Jams and Mass Transit Problems. If you google and substitute your state’s two letter abbreviation after 511, you will be able to view all traffic delays and construction projects. Avoiding congestion will make getting around so much more pleasant.

Discover Local Events if you will be traveling out of town. By googling the location you’ll be visiting, you can learn what festivals, farmer’s markets and sporting events will be happening during your stay. Taking in a cool street fair or ball game is a wonderful way to mix in some pleasure with business.

Review Your Calendar and Check Email to confirm any appointments you have questions about. Yes it’s Sunday, but many other people are doing exactly what you are to avoid any last minute cancellations and surprises.

Make an Effort to Take Good Care of Yourself. Nothing tees up a good week ahead like really enjoying your weekend. Plan some relaxing downtime or activities with family and friends. Make time to exercise. Get adequate sleep. Enjoy Sunday fueling your body with nutritious meals brimming with antioxidants, lean protein and complex carbs.

These are my Seven Sunday Hacks to Prepare for a Successful Week Ahead. Did I miss anything? What do you do on Sundays to reduce stress and plan for success during the week? I’d love to know your Sunday hacks.

With a little planning and practice, you can change your tune and be singing Fleetwood Mac’s, “Monday morning, you sure look fine.”

By |2016-10-26T15:33:32+00:00August 17th, 2016|Motivation, Success|4 Comments

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  1. Polli August 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Good article Joe! I would add that some of us can also plan to find alternate transportation to work or school if public transit is available. Even better if it means not using a motorized vehicle. I ride to work and back as often as the schedule allows, laying out gear the night before, even preparing breakfast ahead to streamline the morning routine. I have to be a bit spontaneous and plan around my clients–so sometimes riding doesn’t work out. But when it does, it only takes 5-10 minutes longer on the bike than it does by car during high traffic times. I not only feel physically great, but I’ve had a positive effect on the environment, and maybe even enlightened a few drivers in the process. Clearly there needs to be more driver awareness of bikes on the road, but more bikes means everyone is safer.

    • Joe Stein August 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Wow, Polli, you are SO insightful. You’ve taken this concept to the next level. Not just reducing stress and adding a layer of calm forethought to the week ahead…but actually weaving in a fitness boost, a positive environmental impact, smart urban planning and safety awareness. No wonder you’re such a great trainer…you not only talk the talk, you walk the walk. Or should I say bike the bike!

  2. Danette August 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Joe & Friends,
    As PollyAnna said ” The good thing about Monday is, there’s a whole 7 days before it comes around again”.
    Dani J

    • Joe Stein August 27, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Dani J,

      Great call…100% right. Good thing Sunday comes around every seven days, too!

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