Defeat the ‘Sunday Scaries’ with this Easy Organizational Tip
Ever get a case of the Sunday Scaries? You know what I’m talking about. You’re having a fine Sunday, enjoying the slow life, maybe indulging in a brunch, or laying on the couch watching Netflix, or executing a recipe in the kitchen that will inevitably be your next Pinterest fail, when all of a sudden you feel a bubble of anxiety start to inflate in your chest, and you remember….. tomorrow is Monday. * dun dun dunnnnnnn * …. I give you, the Sunday Scaries.
A lot of times this happens when we have so much on our plate for the upcoming week that we don’t know where to start — and we dread even thinking about it. You have so much to do, and you’re terrified you’ll forget something, but, if you’re anything like me, you remember what that something is when you’re awoken by your brain from a dead sleep in the middle of the night, often days after the task was needed, to remind you. “Thanks, brain, 2am is a really convenient time to remember that I forgot to answer that email 5 days ago.”
To combat this paralyzing mindset, we have a super simple tip, that seems pretty obvious but makes a worrrrllldd of a difference — MAKE A WEEKLY TO-DO LIST. The first thing we do at the beginning of each week, is outline a to-do list for the entire week. For us, this looks like a tangible, paper list, organized by day, with the high priority items at the top of each day. (If you’re a Target-goer, check out the section in the front with the $1-3 deals, they usually have some great tear-off task lists there!). This includes work tasks like “email so and so” or “shoot such and such” — but also includes basic life tasks like “call Wells Fargo about that bullshit fee” and “take a shower” …. because, yes, at this point in life I do need to be reminded that dry shampoo is not a long term replacement for real life showering.
As we complete an item, it gets crossed off the list (and physically drawing that line through each task feeeeeels sooooo gooooooood). Items that don’t get finished roll over to the next day, so there’s no harm in not finishing the day’s tasks (unless you have a hard deadline, that is — in which case, we’ll usually schedule that task a few days in advance, just in case something comes up and we need more time!).
Sounds too simple to be genuinely useful, but I challenge you to give it a try for a week, and see how you feel. It will only take you a few seconds at a time to write down the things you need to do, so you have nothing to lose! By having everything written out and organized/prioritized, you can mentally prepare for what you need to accomplish in the upcoming week, day by day, without feeling like you have 900 things floating in your brain at once that you need to keep track of! So, get out there and get shit done, gurrrrl.
Pro tip: Lean the majority of your tasks towards the beginning of the week, and only put a few tasks at the end of the week. If you don’t finish them, you can always roll them over to the next day, but if you DO finish them, you’ll have some free time at the end of the week to treat-yo-self!
Want to take it one step further? Get a monthly dry-erase calendar and put it somewhere that it can be easily viewed in your common space! We love our magnetic dry-erase calendar from Refined Simplicity Living (use code DISCOUNTTEN for 10% off!). On this calendar, we write any events/activities we need to remember a few weeks in advance, and sometimes we even write what we are going to have for dinner (because, one less thing to stress about, amiright?!).
Feeling ready to tackle the week now?! HELL YEAH!
Share a photo of your weekly list in your IG stories, and be sure to tag us @QUARTERMOONCO so we can re-share!
Peace, love, & tacos,