Getting out of bed on Monday is hard!... but we have to do it. So here are a few things that can help you put a little pep in your step when you start a new workweek/ school week.
I think most of us can all agree that Mondays can suck! Especially if you work a 9 to 5 or a similar type of job. You have to wake up earlier, you have to deal with other grumpy humans and you are not allowed to slap them or pour your coffee on them - mostly because then you wouldn't have any coffee left. It is a pain!
That said, there are a few things that can help make them just a little bit easier to deal with. They obviously may not be applicable to certain jobs but I think that they can be changed to fit different situations.
1. Prep on Friday, not sunday!
I know- It's hard to do. On Fridays, I am counting the minutes to freedom. I am usually trying to walk out of the office ASAP so as a result, I tend to leave my desk in a hurry. I learned the hard way that this was a bad practice! The thing about Fridays, when it comes to work, is that they are directly linked to Mondays. So when you come in on Monday, if you left a mess on your desk or if you didn't finish that report... it will all be waiting for you when you get there.
Here is what I have started to doing and it has made a world of difference.
First, clean up your desk before you go home on Friday. It's the type of thing that takes 5 minutes or less but it really makes coming in on Monday a lot easier. You know that feeling when you walk into your room right after cleaning it and it looks, smells and feels so wonderful that you just want to look at it forever? Walking into that on Monday morning will literally put you in a more productive mood. If you work at a cubicle or if you have your own office, just take a little time to wipe your desk, arrange your papers, pens and everything else so it looks neat!
Avoid leaving work for Monday. Yes, you will be back on Monday and yes, you will be more refreshed then so procrastinating is easy but then when you come in on Monday, it will feel like hell. Nothing is worse than leftover work that will pile up on top of your new work.
Lastly, when you get home on Friday or maybe even while prepping your clothes for friday, use prepare everything that you will need for Monday.
Pick your outfit, pack your work bag and all that kind of stuff. This not only means that you are less likely to forget things or be late on Monday but it also means that you don't have to think about that stuff on Sunday. You actually get your full two day weekend to use as you please.
2. Use your sunday wisely! RELAX!
This one sounds like it should go without saying but it is hard to do. On Sundays, we tend to focus on Mondays or try to play catch up on stuff like laundry and cleaning. As soon as the afternoon hits, we start to dread the Monday Blues and think about the work that we have to do tomorrow. I can't teach you how to stop that part exactly but what I can suggest is using your Sunday for some well needed R&R.
One of the things that make the first day of the week so long is the fact that we are tired. Having to wake up early after a weekend of late nights and lazy mornings just feels exhausting. Listen, when that alarm goes off in the morning... I have actually debated throwing away my whole entire phone! One thing you can do to help with that, is make sure you get the best nights sleep. Do something to pamper yourself during the day, eat your dinner a little earlier, Take a nice bath with essential oils or treat yourself to a face mask or both and then go to bed early. You will sleep like a baby, for longer.
3. Set goals for the day!
Failure to plan is planning to fail- it is a cliche for a reason. If you have a game plan, you don't have to think too much or spend time trying to decide what to do next or even planning. This is one of those things that you can do on Friday so that when you come in on Monday, you can just get into it instead of obsessing over how much stuff you have to do.
I would suggest another cliche: To do lists! They work. Crossing something off your list makes you feel like you accomplished something. It also gives you a visual for your work- that way you know that you are making progress throughout the day. Make sure that your plan is realistic! I like to plan for coffee breaks in between certain tasks so that I can relax a little and take a breather.I also try to put the hardest tasks in the middle of the day because I know that in the morning, I won't be as sharp as I would like but I also don't want a dark cloud looming over me the whole day. For that reason, I do my hardest tasks right before lunch and reward myself with a nice meal when it's completed.
4. Dress for success
The Dress-code at my workplace is super casual so the outfit above is "Dressed up" for me. Other places might have a formal dress-code which will make this part of the process a lot easier for you. If you work in an environment like me though, getting all dolled up on Monday morning when you have eye bags under your eyes and you don't even want to put on pants can feel very unnecessary! That said, we all know the power of mind over matter and one of the ways that we get our mind into a certain mode is by getting into character for whatever task we want to accomplish.
Plan your outfit early ( See above).
It doesn't have to be anything too fancy- It's just about putting on a role or a costume for work. It can be as simple as dressing up jeans and a T shirt with a blazer, some booties and fun jewelry. If you work in a formal setting, you can do that by adding a hint of personality to your outfit with fun colorful accessories or a funky handbag.
I don't know about you but when I feel dressed up and pretty, I feel a lot more confident so why not use that to boost your energy level on Monday morning? Plus a cute outfit is always a plus!
5. Make Afterwork plans
Having something to look forward to after a long day at work is a nice way to keep yourself motivated till the end of the day. You want to make sure you finish your tasks on time so that you can make it for happy hour with your girlfriends, or for that dinner with your partner, a movie with a co-worker or just time alone. As a girl in her twenties, I know that money can be really tight so we need to watch how we spend it but we also need to make memories!
Keep in mind that After work plans can include going home to catch a show that comes on at a certain time with your face mask on and a nice glass of wine or making yourself a special meal that you have once a week.
Look for cool free things to do around your city like visiting art galleries if you are into that sort of thing. One of my favorite cheap things to do is treat myself to a fancy drink while reading a nice book. I usually go to a cafe or Tea room, order a very pretty drink and it gives me a little something special to look forward to before going on with my routine.
So, those are my five tips for surviving the Monday Blues. I hope that they can help you.
What are some of your tricks for better monday mornings?