My “refresh” routine

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. It is the one day where I don’t feel obligated to necessarily be working, so I can actually take the time both to relax and to do other tasks that are difficult to prioritize during the busy week. There are certain things I tend to do every single Sunday, and while not all of these tasks are fun or relaxing, they enable me to start the week feeling refreshed. This routine is particularly useful for me during the academic year, when my schedule is much busier. But, it also helps me feel on-track during the summer, since it is one thing I do consistently each week.

My routine involves 4 main categories: household tasks, planning/ organization, self-care tasks, and preparing my food for the next week. The list below contains most of what I try to do every weekend (give or take some depending on what I was able to fit into the week)! I am planning on discussing my routines in greater depth in further posts, so this is just an overview.

 

The most exciting part of days where I do this whole routine is the end of the day, where I can light a candle, open a window and read or relax while the sun is setting knowing that my home is clean, my life feels organized, and I am ready to take on the week.

These tasks aren’t necessarily fun, but Sunday is still my favorite day. Why? I know that the week ahead will be 10000x easier if I am prepared and acting proactively rather than reactively. It gives me such a feeling of peace, which I definitely need to balance out the otherwise hectic state of my mind during the week. šŸ™‚

Do you have a similar routine? How do you balance the things you need to do to feel like you “have your life together” with your work and day-to-day life?

-AK

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