If you’re reading this post on a Monday, chances are you already know why I’m writing it.
Even if you’re not, I’m sure you still do.
Mondays have a bad reputation.
Even when you love your job, it can be a challenge to go from living your best weekend life to navigating rush hour traffic and putting out fires first thing Monday morning.
One day you’re apple picking and trying a new restaurant, and the next you’re crying into your coffee, knee-deep in everyone else’s problems.
While you can’t change how your boss, your clients, or Mr. Speedy on the Interstate deal with Monday, you can change how you approach it.
Here are five tips to get your Monday off to a better start.
1. Make Sunday Count
Want a better Monday? Have a better Sunday.
Make time to relax, but also be productive.
Some things you can do to set yourself up right for the new week:
Meal prep. Plan the week’s menu, shop, and prep whatever food you can. Inspiration abounds online with recipes, food storage tips, and more. If you’re on Instagram, search #mealprep, and you’ll find thousands of helpful posts. If Instagram’s not your thing, a simple Google search will also send you in the right direction.
Get your wardrobe in order. That huge pile of laundry sitting in the guest room? Try to tackle it before weekend’s end. Make it a family affair. Then, plan outfits for the first few days of the week for yourself and your kids. Few things are worse than stumbling around bleary-eyed first thing Monday morning trying to find matching socks.
Lay out important things the night before. In a similar vein, if there’s something you’ll need for Monday, make sure it’s out waiting where you can see it. This can also help avoid a little blue tote situation.
Double check your calendar. On Sunday afternoon or evening, double check your calendar(s). Make sure there haven’t been any surprise meetings added since Friday. Check that you’re aware of and have a plan for all upcoming appointments, bill payments, and extracurricular activities.
Check your e-mail. If you’re not in the habit of checking your work e-mail on the weekend, try giving it a onceover on Sunday. Even if you don’t like what you see, you’ll at least know what to expect on Monday. And it might not even be as bad as you imagine.
2. Never Miss a Monday
Another way to get your week off to the right start: never miss a Monday workout.
If you’re a regular exerciser and your rest day happens to fall on Monday, then OK, fine–don’t work out on Monday.
But if you have no reason not to, you should definitely try to establish a routine working out on Monday morning.
The endorphins will energize you. You’ll feel accomplished before the day even begins.
And research shows that exercise can also help beat stress–just what you’ll need on Monday.
3. Establish a Tradition
Another way to have a better Monday is to establish a tradition.
It doesn’t have to be something big; it just has to be something you enjoy.
Pick up your favorite drink from Starbucks. Listen to your favorite Podcast. Meet a friend for lunch. Plan your favorite dinner.
Whatever it is, make your Monday tradition something you’ll forward to.
Also, make it something easy so that you won’t be tempted to cancel.
4. Create a Monday Mantra
A lot of what makes Monday so tough is mental, so establish a mantra that will motivate you and keep you inspired all Monday long.
If you don’t have a favorite already, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found online. Pinterest and Instagram are obvious go-tos.
If you’d rather yours have a more personal touch, ask friends and family if they have any words of wisdom to share.
5. Pace Yourself
Finally, if you want to get your Monday off to the right start, pace yourself.
Even if your workload seems overwhelming, take a moment and breathe.
Take a short walk. Catch up on a favorite blog. Chat with a trusted colleague. Repeat your mantra.
Easing into your daily tasks will wake up your brain, shake off the Monday jitters, and get you ready to tackle the day.
What are your favorite ways to make Monday more pleasant? Comment here or reach out on social media!