9 things successful people do on Sunday nights

Most people will tell you they don’t look forward to Sunday evenings.

In fact, a 2013 poll conducted by Monster.com found that a whopping 78% of surveyed adults worldwide experience the “Sunday night blues” on a regular basis.

Even if you love your job and typically look forward to getting back into the swing of things, “it’s easy to feel a bit of trepidation on Sundays about the stresses waiting for you on Monday morning,” writes Laura Vanderkam in her book “What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend.”

They plan something fun.

'This idea may be the most important tip,' Vanderkam writes. 'This extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning.'

Vanderkam quotes Caitlin Andrews, a librarian, who says her extended family gets together for dinner almost every Sunday, alternating houses. 'It takes my mind off any Sunday night blues that might be coming on,' Andrews says.

You might also make Sunday a movie or spa night, or you could join a Sunday night bowling league.

They organise and plan for the week ahead.

Some successful people like to look at their calendars on Sunday night and set goals and deadlines for the upcoming week, says career coach Marsha Egan. The trick is to do this without stressing yourself out.

They volunteer.

'(Another) great way to end the weekend is to volunteer,' Vanderkam writes in her book. Nothing will take your mind off any stresses in your life like serving people who are less fortunate, she says. 'It's a way to connect with humanity before everyone goes their separate ways for the week.'

They end Sunday on a high note.

'Monday will come regardless of how you feel, so try to engage in positive thinking and reflect on positive experiences before ending your weekend,' says Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of 'The YOU Plan.'

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