If you sometimes feel trepidation about Monday morning on Sunday, Laura Vanderkam suggests a solution in her new book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life. She says that even if we love our job we can feel some trepidation about Monday, so she offers a solution: plan something fun for Sunday night.

Here’s how I super-charge my Sunday:  I pack up my yoga gear and head out to my local yoga studio to enjoy an hour and fifteen minute lunar flow yoga class. This has worked wonders for zapping me out of a funk. It’s such a great change from the usual routine and it helps to quiet my mind and set my intention for the week ahead.

Yoga class on a Sunday night shatters the Monday blues!

5 quick ways to have more fun on Sunday night:

  1. Invite friends over for a movie and popcorn night
  2. Give yourself a manicure
  3. Have a chick-flick night: Sex in the City re-runs with girlfriends and homemade cosmos
  4. Go out for a run at sunset
  5. Listen to an inspiring podcast while out for a brisk walk

Create Anchor Activities

Laura Vanderkam suggests planning ahead for your weekends so you can make the most of them by choosing 3-5 “anchor” activities. It’s not about charting every single minute and hour, but instead figure out those major things you’d like to do and then designate how many hours you’d like to dedicate to them.

My 5 Anchor Activities for Today: 

  1. Knit: 2 hours working on a new design for Creative Knitting magazine
  2. Read: 1 hour
  3. Family time: 2 hours. It’s a rainy day, so it’s all about puzzles and board games!
  4. Run on Treadmill: 20 minutes
  5. Lunar Flow yoga class: 3 hours. (includes driving time)

Estimated time — 8 hours and 20 minutes. Totally do-able! This leaves a realistic two-hour window of “open time” to prepare meals, relaxation and time for reflection in the morning and evening so I can get to bed at a reasonable hour.

You may think planning out your weekend is a little too intense because it’s time to RELAX!  However, I find that if I don’t have a plan for the weekend, time just passes me by. As a result, I end up feeling a little cranky and unaccomplished. I counter this by planning my weekends just like I plan my work week. I may not cross each thing off my list, but that’s not the point. The objective is to have a road map so you don’t feel scattered or restless. Doing this little exercise will help you uncover areas where you may be too ambitious about the time you really have. Scaling your activities down can put things into perspective so you can happily enjoy your weekends to the fullest. Sometimes less is more!