A Sunday well spent brings a week of content (and motivation).

1.) Decide what is important.

Decide what is important and make sure you are at the top of the list. If it is more rest and recovery you need, it’s okay to skip a party. If you are feeling exhausted, try a nice leisurely walk in nature to restore your much needed energy. Although family and friends are priorities, make sure you don’t spread yourself too thin with activities. Remember if you take good care of yourself over the weekend you will be ready to tackle the work week.

2.) Have a “to do” list for every day.

It’s an amazing feeling to put a big check mark next to something you have completed. You are more likely to start a project and finish one if you have a list to get you started. So whether it’s a healthy detox you’re starting or a simple household project, make a list and enjoy putting that big check mark next to each chore you have completed.

3.) Make time for emotional and creative growth

Take time to connect with the people you love most and surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. Even if it’s just sitting down to eat a healthy meal together or making a phone call to a loved one, it is time well invested. Start a gratitude journal and write down three things every day you are grateful for. When you focus on what you are grateful for in your life, feelings of fear, self pity, or sadness disappear. It works for me and can for you too.

4.) Explore your passion

Passion is what makes life feel like a grand adventure, instead of a series of burdensome obligations. What’s you passion? Align your actions with your passion and magic will happen. If it’s a book you want to write, make the time to start writing. If it’s dancing that fills your heart with joy, take a ballet class or even a Zumba class. Whatever it may be that you love, do it! If it’s really important to you, you will find the time. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.

5.) Keep moving as much as possible

I’m not going to lie and say that I’m not guilty of a good Netflix marathon from time to time, but for the most part, you want to keep moving. Motion makes you feel better. If you sit still too long, you will start to feel sluggish. Schedule exercise or a brisk walk into your daily routine for better energy, clarity, and health. This makes you not only feel better physically but instantly relieves stress. I am asked all the time how many days a week I work out. I do something active every day. I have learned to listen to my body and I may not crush it in the gym every single day, but I know I feel better when I’m moving and get those “feel good” endorphins going. So keep moving, even if it’s just walking your dog around the block or doing some window shopping at the mall.