Mondays ruin a lot of people’s day. It’s very rare that anybody likes a Monday. (I do…I am weird like that) I can help you dominate your Monday and start your whole week off better! Mondays are the least favorite day of the week. There are terrible songs about Mondays, blogs about Mondays and memes about Mondays. Why? Maybe people aren’t happy with their repetitive, seemingly endless days and Monday is the beginning of that for them. Maybe they face challenges but never make any goals. Who knows really. Here is how you can make them a little better:
Take time to prepare on Sunday. You know Monday is coming. Have you heard the quote “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content?” That is appropriate here. It’s hard to get away from even thinking about your job or responsibilities even on the weekend. Try making a list or getting something done on Sunday that will free up even just a moment of your time on Monday.
Start every Monday with something that you like to do. Even if that means waking up a little earlier. Starting the day with something only for yourself makes the day seem not so bad. Whether it’s time to read your favorite blog, newspaper, book. Scan the inter-web, online shopping or catching up on your favorite show. Start Monday for yourself.
Schedule a time to go over emails. If you are like me, you don’t check them on the weekend and when Monday comes you are overwhelmed with what you have to deal with in your inbox. I like to do it at the beginning of the day so I know what phone calls I have to make later. But some of those phone calls can be put off to another day. Making time to do this has really helped when I have 107 emails to go through.
Exercise. I don’t work out a lot or even everyday. But I know when I’m in a funk, a good stretch or 20 minute workout will help me get back in the groove. Exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mind. It helps get out some stress and motivate you for the day ahead.
Make your bed. This sounds crazy I know but in this article from U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven’s commencement speech he states, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” This is a great point and ever since hearing this from his speech, I make my bed every day. Sometimes it’s messier than others, but I start my day on the right foot.
Your ‘Case of the Mondays’ can easily be avoided if you integrate small steps into your daily routine. These aren’t much and may seem silly but they can help make the days that much better. Being positive and proactive are also great additives to a successful first day back to the week.
Happy Monday My Friends
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