Oh noooo! It’s Monday again. Probably a lot of you don’t like Monday mornings. With the right attitude, you can make Mondays great again and start the week on a positive note.
1. Plan your Monday already on Friday
You sit down at your desk after the weekend and are overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to accomplish for the week? It doesn’t have to be that way: get a head start and plan your Monday on Friday! How? First, by writing a general to-do list. Then assign the individual tasks to a specific day. You’ll see that the world looks a lot different when you are well-organized. If you need to learn more about the Getting Things Done method, you should read David Allen’s GTD-book.
2. Identify the problem and find the solution
Are you one of those people who is always in a bad mood on Sunday evening because you have to wake up early the next morning? Let’s be honest: it’s all about the right attitude! Look for the cause of your Monday blues and find a solution fast. Pick up a good book, connect with a close friend, meditate or make a list of the things you are thankful for. Get your mind in the right place. One of the books really helped me finding a creative mind in everything is BIG MAGIC from Elizabeth Gillbert.
3. Prepare your lunches for the week on Sunday evening
Cooking can reduce stress. This makes meal prepping a great way to spend your Sunday evening. It gets you thinking about the week ahead and, if you already know all the tasty things you have planned for lunch, it gives you something extra to look forward to every day of the week.
4. Music makes your heart beat faster
“Six o’clock already, I was just in the middle of a dream…” Does this song by The Bangles sound familiar? 🙂 You can find lots of playlists on the internet to give you the right #MondayMotivation. Music makes everything easier!
5. Don’t start the week stressed
Try to develop a Monday ritual: make a delicious breakfast before heading out for work, go for a walk or do a short yoga session. The main thing is to avoid starting the new work week stressed and chaotic.
Before you check your emails, look at the to-do list you wrote on Friday. What should you tackle first? Set your priorities and then begin to work through your list slowly and mindfully.
6. Be thankful for every single day
Monday, 6 a.m. Your alarm clock rings… And everything just sucks? 😉 If you have a hard time thinking positively, then take a pen and a sheet of paper (on Sunday, for instance) and write down ten things you are thankful for in your life right now. You will see that there are bigger things (more worth your while thinking about) than worrying about Mondays.
7. Make Monday your favorite day
What do you like about Mondays? Nothing? Then do something about it! Don’t just try to survive the first day of the week but look for something that will put a smile on your face in the evening. This can be a weekly meeting with friends, an episode of your favorite TV show or a massage. Try to find something to look forward to and make Monday your favorite day of the week!
How do you start a new week? Share your tips in the comments below! 🙂