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Bill Bergeman


10 Ways to Take Advantage of Sundays

This is a rare productivity list from me. I'm not a fan of ceaseless productivity, but if you have things to accomplish, it helps to have a plan.

If you're earning a paycheck, be it through self-employment or as an employee, you are hustling during the week. You can't take as much time on weekdays to accomplish all the things you want to accomplish, and you don't have as much mental bandwidth as you do on the weekends. This is why Sundays are so crucial. Take advantage of Sunday and you will win Monday through Friday.

    1. Plan your workouts for the week.

    There's nothing worse than waking up early in the morning to work out and you don't have any intention. Knowing exactly what you're going to do will make you much more efficient and effective in the morning.

    2. Plan who you're going to express gratitude to.

    I've started a habit of texting one person per day to check in on them, and in some way - trying not to make them uncomfortable - I express my gratitude for them. It's a game-changer for bolstering relationships.

    3. Plan your meals for the week.

    Like planning a workout, meal planning will allow you to save a lot of that wasteful, "What should I have for dinner?" discussion, which can last for an hour and end with you ordering from a restaurant and spending far more than necessary.

    4. Complete your grocery shopping so you don't have to do it during the week.

    This step is crucial for being able to plan your daily meals, not to mention it will help keep you from blowing money by going out to eat more often and keep you lean by picking healthy meals.

    5. Outline your daily schedules and account for calendar obligations.

    It's best not to get too specific with daily schedules, as too many factors can intervene and change plans. But, it does help to have an outline of what each day will look like. From there, you can pencil in the details each day.

    6. Look for ways you can be more efficient.

    Are there any commutes you can reduce or eliminate? Any meetings that you can avoid?

    7. Plan your rest periods for the week.

    Just important as planning work is planning when you're going to rest. And don't just say when you go to sleep, because that's a fast track to burnout. Intermittent rest is critical to mental and emotional well-being, not to mention you'll be more productive.

    8. Don't work.

    If you're doing the right things during the week, you shouldn't have to work on Sundays. Or Saturdays for that matter. If you feel compelled to, you either need to analyze why you're not being as effective as you should be during the week or give serious consideration to procuring new work.

    9. Watch NFL football!

    The BEST way to experience Sundays!

    10. Chill out.

    Once you're prepared for the week, just relax. You can be on go-mode Monday through Friday, but you don't have to be that way on Sunday.

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