Sunday Reset Routine: How to Create Your Own

Setting up a Sunday reset routine will help you set the tone for the upcoming week and let you start your Monday morning with a clear mindset. Your weekly rest can be a powerful tool to help you be productive and prepared for the week ahead.

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What is a Sunday Reset Routine?

A Sunday reset routine is basically a set of things you do to help you close out the previous week and start fresh on Monday morning. This weekly reset will look different for everyone. It will all depend on how much time you want to dedicate to reset your week and what types of things you want to include.

Think of a Sunday reset routine as a way to decrease your stress level during the upcoming week. That goes for both work and home life.

How Do You Reset on Sunday?

In order to have the best Sunday reset routine, you have to do a little brainstorming first. It’s easy to find different Sunday Checklists on Pinterest. But you want to make sure that your weekly reset will specifically work for you and your family.

Define your Pain Points

Think back to your previous week and ask yourself some questions that will help you determine your biggest pain points during the week:

  • Do you find your mornings to be hectic and rushed?
  • Are you stressing out each night about what to prepare for dinner?
  • Do you constantly find yourself looking for things in your house?
  • Are you constantly tired and on edge?
  • Do you feel like you cannot focus and it’s affecting your productivity?

Decide how to best reset your week?

Now that you know your biggest struggles during the week, it’s time to brainstorm some solutions. The list below is just some general guidelines to get you started using the examples of pain points we just discussed.

  • Spending some time cooking breakfast for the week and choosing clothes to wear for the entire week will help you feel less rushed during the weekday mornings.
  • Creating a weekly meal plan on Sunday for the upcoming week will take the stress level down on constantly wondering ‘what’s for dinner’.
  • Dedicating 30 minutes each Sunday to declutter your house will help you be more organized and make it easier to find things.
  • Spending some time on self-care each weekend will help you feel refreshed and less stressed in the upcoming week.
  • Having a plan and setting priorities for the week will help you focus and be productive during the week.

Create Sunday Reset Checklist

The best way to stay on track with your intentions for your Sunday reset is to create a checklist for yourself. Often times, we have great intentions but we fall short on the execution. And the simplest first step to ensure it does not happen is to write them down.

Decide what you want to do as part of your weekly reset and create a checklist. This will also help you stay focused and not let Sunday get away from you. Decide how much time you want to spend on the Sunday rest and pick the time of day that will work best to get it done and get ready for the week ahead.

My Sunday Reset Routine

My Sunday reset routine changes a few times a year. Simply because life in my household looks very different in January, when kids are in school, new work assignments are coming in, and we juggle a lot of after school activities than in it is June when kids are on summer break, gardening season is open, and there are so many fun activities to do. But here is an example of one.

Weekly Reset Components

If you need some extra help deciding what your Sunday reset should include, here are some ideas. The weekly reset activities fall into one of three main categories.


The first category is planning. That is basically spending some time each Sunday thinking about what you want to accomplish in the upcoming week. This is where you review your schedule: any scheduled appointments, kids activities, and other events. It is also when you decide what priorities you want to concentrate on during the week and planning out specific tasks that you need to complete to accomplish those priorities.

My favorite way is to sit down on the couch and have some quiet time in the morning. And this bamboo lap desk is making this so much more comfortable.

Another part of the Sunday Routine that I highly recommend is doing a brain dump, which is basically dumping all the tasks and to-do items in your head on the paper. That will help you declutter your mind and be more effective in planning out your week.

Find a quiet space in your house and plan your week.

Preparing for the week ahead

The second category is all about getting things ready for the upcoming week. These would be things like picking up groceries, doing laundry, and prepping some food.

The idea is to free up some time during the week when there are more time constraints because of work, school, and other commitments. Each weekly reset might look a little different, depending on what is happening that particular week.

RELATED: How to Prep for the Week Ahead


The final Sunday reset category is relaxation. This includes spending some quality time with your family and self-care. The activities in this category will help you de-stress from the past week. You can use part of your weekly rest routine to reflect on the prior week and write down some of the lessons you have learned.

It is also the time to do nothing, read a book, or watch your favorite show on TV.

Whatever will help you relax and feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new week.

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