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9 things successful people do on Sundays

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Most of us are just too familiar with the “existential crisis” also known as “Sunday night”. “Existential crisis” is a fitting term for describing a Sunday night because, in terms of our mind-set, we are not completely out of “weekend-mode” but neither have we switched over to “week/work mode” yet, as a result, this confusion, makes us feel a tad blue.

According to a survey, conducted in 2013, up to 78% of adults experience the Sunday blues on a regular basis, the reason behind this has to do with the fact that we have to switch our relaxed minds back into work mode, which stresses us out and makes us worry. “Even if you love your job and typically look forward to getting back into the swing of things, ‘it's easy to feel a bit of trepidation on Sundays about the stresses waiting for you on Monday morning,’ writes Laura Vanderkam in her book ‘What The Most Successful People Do on the Weekend.’ 

Blue Sundays should not be a problem, with a bit of routine it’s easy to get your mind back onto the positive track:

  1. Spend quality time with the special people in your life:
    Some people find their weekends “fully-booked”. They do all the things that they meant to do in the week, but just couldn’t find the time to do- think of things like groceries, washing the car etc. It can feel like you don’t even have time to fit in some “family time” (or in some cases social and romantic time). Make sure that you leave Sunday night open to catch up with the significant players in your life. You can do this by organising a dinner, watching a movie or even playing a board game together, as long as you reconnect. 

  2. Do something fun on Sunday night:
    Even though Sunday night feels much shorter and rushed than any other night of the week it by no means is. Plan something fun. Vanderkam believes that this tip might be the most important on the list; "this extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning." While you’re doing something fun, you’re not thinking about Monday at all, extending the relaxed feeling. 

  3. Plan the week that lies ahead:
    Calmly planning the week ahead and setting goals for what you want to accomplish could make you feel less stressed out. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

  4. Exercise:
    “Take a walk, play a game of tennis, or go to a class at the gym,” suggests career coach, Marsha Egan. Vanderkam writes in her book that reality TV producer Aliza Rosen does hot yoga at 6 p.m. on Sundays. "It's a great way for me to sweat out the toxins of the week and center myself for Monday," Rosen told Vanderkam.

  5. Hit the books and read:
    According to studies, most successful people read every night before going to sleep. “Many successful people find value in being browsers of information from a variety of sources, believing it helps fuel greater creativity and passion in their lives,” says Michael Kerr, author of You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work.

  6. Get back to people:
    According to Roy Cohen, author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide, "…when we make promises [during the week] there is never enough time to follow through". Think of all the promises and commitments that you’ve made and haven’t come around to doing, Sunday night might be the perfect time to tick off this list.

  7. Relax- do it:
    It is the last day of the weekend and you’re starting to step out of “relax mode” but it’s not over until Monday, right? Take the last few hours of the weekend to eat well and sleep well, it will be harder to get a good rest and a healthy balanced meal during the week.

  8. Do something for the less fortunate:
    Sunday is a good day to do some volunteer work and help the people who have less than you do. "It's a way to connect with humanity before everyone goes their separate ways for the week," says Vanderkam.

  9. End Sunday on a high note:
    Don’t dread Monday, think about it in a positive way. Think of how great your weekend was and all the productive things that you plan to do in the coming week. Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes.

By doing all, or at least some, of the above things, you will be prepared for your week and increase the likelihood of wearing a smile while being productive. Time is precious and should be used wisely. Buy insurance in your own time at www.dialdirect.co.za.