Once you have your list, you can start doing research on where to get the gifts.
Oh, glorious Sundays — the day to relax with a good book or to take on a few tasks that will make your life easier during the workweek. We've rounded up some pretty simple things — from cleaning out your wallet to deleting old email — that you can do now that will make a world of difference come Monday.
- Plan your work wardrobe: Save time during the week by planning out your wardrobe for work on Sunday — figure out what tops and what bottoms you are going to wear and what needs ironing.
- Get a head start on Spring cleaning: It's never too early to get ahead on the scrubbing. Start by making a checklist by room of everything you want to clean, what needs extra cleaning, and what should be your priority.
- Plan your afterwork activities for the week: So that the week doesn't fly by, make an effort to set aside which days you will dedicate to certain activities — when you'll go to happy hour with coworkers, which day you'll take a couple of hours to finish up a book, or how many times you'll hit the gym.
- Get over the Monday blues: Think about what you can do to actually look forward to Mondays. That includes treating yourself, meeting up with friends, and listening to your favorite podcast in the morning.
- Pick a place for essentials: It might seem like a no-brainer, but designate a place for your must-have items so you save time in the mornings and — worst-case scenario — avoid a day without your phone or ID.
- Delete the unnecessary documents: When you're prepping ahead for the workweek, clean out your computer to start afresh. That includes deleting any emails and documents you don't need on your computer and emptying the trash.
- Get rid of your old magazines: If you have a pile of magazines that's growing bigger and bigger in your home, use this Sunday to finally tackle them for good — first tear out any tips you'd like to keep.
- Disinfect your phone and laptop: Germs, be gone! Leave your gadgets sparkling clean for you to use on Monday by cleaning them appropriately, whether that be with a liquid or air can.
- Clean out your wallet: Stop the junk from building up by removing any notes, ticket stubs, and receipts. Also be sure to throw away the ones you don't need, while filing away the ones you'll want for later use.
- Get your mail ready: Whether you need to fill out insurance forms to file claims or write checks for bills that need paying off, take Sunday to catch up on your mail and prepare the letters you need to send off.
Monday always seems like it comes too quickly, and in that morning rush, it's easy to forget the most important things that get you through the day. It might seem like a no-brainer, but remembering to take your essentials with you by having a designated place for them will save you time and — worst-case scenario — a day without your phone or ID.
- Wallet: If you know you're going to be swapping purses on Monday, make sure to transfer your wallet, too. That includes taking out IDs and credit cards from the clutch you used on Saturday night.
- Cell Phone: Charging your phone in the morning will not only guarantee that it has enough power to last you through the day, but it also means you'll have a regular place to keep it. Before you leave, make a mental note to grab it from the charging station.
- Keys: Find a place by the door where you can place your keys as soon as you walk in. That way, you'll know just where they are when you head out. Consider buying a wall-mounted key rack so you never forget.
- Sunglasses: It'll be hard to forget your shades if you keep them next to something that you wear every day, like a watch or your favorite pair of earrings.
You might not be able to live without other items like lip balm or headphones, and the trick here is pretty much the same: when it comes to having a place to keep them, consistency is key.
- Your smartphone: POPSUGAR Tech recommends using a special cleaning liquid like iKlear that's formulated to clean the screen. It's ammonia- and alcohol-free, so it won't be harsh on your phone. Also use a microfiber cloth to wipe your screen, because paper towels can scratch it.
- Your laptop: Clean your screen the same way you're cleaning your smartphone screen. Take a bottle of condensed air ($18) and spray the keyboard to get rid of the grime that's stuck between the keys. POPSUGAR Tech then recommends brushing the dirty bits off with a toothbrush.
Save money and make your mornings a breeze by packing your lunches ahead of time. While Sunday afternoon doesn't give you the best feelings, a little preplanning is sure to decrease the Monday blues and get you through that Wednesday slump. Because bringing your lunch to work is cost-effective, a prepacked lunch will ensure you won't be tempted by that fancy $10 salad come lunch time.
After heading to the store, start by preparing the perishables like veggies: slice, dice, and bag. Then, prep your snacks; buy foods like chips and crackers in bulk, rather than "snack packs" to significantly cut costs. Last, prepare and bag anything else you might need like salad dressing, uncut fruit, and drinks. Complete will a napkin, utensils, and store in the fridge. While you may want to make your sandwich the day of, everything else will be set and ready to go. Have a good week!
Much like going back to work after a long vacation, the Monday after a long weekend isn't always the easiest. If you had or took this past Friday off for the Fourth of July holiday, chances are you're in Summer vacation mode. Take this weekend to regroup before the workweek rolls around. That means going to sleep early on Sunday so you can get to work a little earlier on Monday to deal with any emails or impending projects. Even take a few minutes to tackle your to-do list for the week. Most importantly, make the most out of your days before you have to head to the office and, instead of dreading Monday morning, be thankful for the time off!
Figure out what tops and what bottoms you are going to wear and whether you're going to reuse something. Then once you have figured out your outfits, start ironing them so it's one less task you'll have to do on the weekdays. Then hang the work outfits where you can easily find them, perhaps in one corner of the wardrobe.
This weekend, get ahead on some Spring cleaning (or finish up your New Year's resolution to clean — however you want to look at it). Instead of tackling a major project all in one day, break it up. Start today by making a checklist, by room, of everything you want to clean, what needs extra cleaning, and what should be your priority. Then make an inventory of all the cleaning products you have so you know what you need to buy.
Final tip: ease into the cleaning by doing a little bit each weekend. For example, next weekend, start off by dusting and organizing small items so you get that out of the way and don't feel like you're taking on one giant task.
Take today to start planning your outfits so you have one less thing to worry about when the special occasion hits. Chances are you can put a look together based on what's already in your closet, but with some foresight, you'll know what's clean and pressed for Christmas Day and if you need to pick up any extra accessories, like tights or a statement necklace, to ring in the New Year.
Did a shirt not fit right? Are you planning on returning some electronics that you changed your mind about? Get all of these unwanted items out of the way today, but first make a list on a sticky note of the things you're planning on returning. And if you missed the deadline for a return, make a note on your list to reach out to the retailer by phone or email to see if you can still get a refund or if there's an alternative you can both agree to, such as receiving store credit instead of a cash refund.
Start on it today, or you'll find yourself make excuses for yet another week!