“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”
Like, I know the quote is true, but I have a very complicated relationship with Sundays, and I think I sometimes feel the need to rebel against all the demands of adulting.
On the one hand, I love Sundays and all they have the potential to stand for: slow mornings, indulgent breakfasts, extra time with loved ones, an opportunity to reset before the upcoming chaos that is consistently my week…
On the other hand, there is a certain pressure that comes with Sundays. Often, the success of the upcoming week depends on the productivity of my Sundays. If groceries are done, meal prep is achieved, laundry is completed (and put away!), aaaaand I’ve prepped my teaching work for the upcoming week – the week goes smoothly, despite whatever unexpected situations pop up (because unexpected situations always pop up – especially as a middle years teacher!), because the rest of my life is taken care of. I can deal with the madness calmly, and efficiently, if I’m not spending energy also worrying about breakfasts, lunches, and what on earth to wear.
In this way, Sundays actually become long and require a lot of hard work for me. It’s worth it, but the temptation to indulge in my romantic notions of what Sundays “should” be (yoga, meditation, brunch, curling up with a great book and a pot of tea, spending time with my Love) is just so enticing… as long as I’m ignoring the demands of the rest of my life.
It’s a real tight-rope act over here.
Anyways, I suppose what I’m saying is… it’s important to remember that what you do now will create your future reality. After all, it’s your habits that decide your future because everything, I’m learning, is a compound effect.
What are your tricks for setting yourself up for a successful and productive week?