It seems like the typical Monday routine involves mourning the end of the weekend and dreading the start of a new workweek. Studies show that people begin to feel down on Sunday night when thinking of the week ahead. But, what if Monday was the liveliest, most productive day of the week instead of the dreariest? These eight tips can transform your Monday slump into workweek success.
Looking good means feeling good. Take some time on Sunday night to plan your outfit for the next day. Wearing your new blouse or favorite pair of shoes will improve your mood and give you something to look forward to Monday morning. As a bonus, you can use the time usually spent rummaging through your closet to engage in a peaceful morning meditation or stop by that coffee shop you love before heading to the office.
Think about the week ahead. Which pressing tasks need to be addressed and which can wait? Before diving into your workload, dedicate time weekly to reflect on your professional goals to keep you focused on the big picture. Even if you have a busy day, taking a little time on Monday to plan ahead allows you to stay focused on major tasks throughout the week.
Have you ever been stuck in a funk only to be brightened up by a simple workout? Research says that’s no coincidence. According to health experts, the best way to improve and sustain your mind is through exercise. By placing a workout at the top of your Monday to-do list, you can kick the Monday blues to the curb by releasing endorphins and relieving any stress left over from the weekend.
A cluttered desk makes for a cluttered mind. Use your morning to clean your workspace, organize your computer desktop or clear your inbox. Bringing order to your office declutters your mind and allows you to think clearly about the day ahead. A tidy workspace will increase your productivity, helping you to take on the upcoming week.
Completing a simple, impending task is one of the best ways to jumpstart your Monday. By checking something off of your to-do list, you can start your Monday with sense of accomplishment. Aim to finally execute a looming task like organizing your agenda or getting a head start on a project. Having one achievement under your belt means you’ll experience a boosted work ethic to tackle the bigger tasks the week holds.
Nobody likes the feeling of being blindsided by a busy week. Take time each Monday to plan what you want achieved for the next few days. Assign a major objective to complete each day and be sure to leave room for matters that arise unexpectedly. Creating a course of action each Monday alleviates the stress of forgetting a task or becoming overwhelmed later in the week.
Starting your Monday well-rested produces a sound mind and body to kick off the week. Try to go to bed earlier so you’ll have less difficulty getting out of bed. Set an alarm and stick to it. Hitting snooze confuses your body, which in turn makes it harder for you to fully wake up. Getting enough rest Sunday night maximizes your ability to conquer the week ahead.
Attempting to complete your entire workload Monday morning will leave you burned out. Stay focused and engaged while completing your work, but take small breaks throughout the day to recharge. Sip a warm cup of coffee or step outside to soak up some vitamin D. You’ll ultimately be more productive.
By following these tips, you’ll kick start your workweek and transform your perspective of Mondays. Who knows? Monday may even become your favorite day of the week.