We all know how it feels to have a rough Monday morning. Your alarm goes off and you feel like you haven’t had a weekend. You’re more likely to be grumpy if you’re tripping over dirty washing on your way out the door and you feel so unorganized that you don’t want to do anything.
Those days are the worst. But remember a time when you loved Monday mornings? When you were excited to run to school and gossip with your friends or see your crush? When you had a lecture at Uni that you actually wanted to attend? We miss those days so here are a few ways to make your Monday mornings so much better…
#1 Take it easy, to begin with
Yes, we always say you should tackle the hard tasks first, but on Monday morning try to find the fun, easy tasks for the first few hours – at least until you’ve readjusted to working life.
#2 Give yourself something to look forward to
Extend that weekend feeling by doing something weekend-ish on a Monday. Some people work out on their lunch break, but if that’s not your style, schedule a lunch date with your friend or tell yourself you will go and pick up that book/shirt/necklace you’ve been wanting for ages.
#3 Change up your routine
Monday’s are only boring if every day is the same. Try to change it up a bit and do different tasks, you can even suggest switching meeting days if it’s getting too monotonous. Leave emails and calls until after lunch and focus on other things for the first few hours of the day.
#4 Don’t clock watch
Cover up your computer clock and just go. I always get less motivation if I look at the clock expecting it to be 6 and see it’s only 3 and I haven’t stopped. I only need the clock to know when to get lunch, other than that I try to just work and break depending on how frazzled I feel.
#5 Make Monday your cheat day
Who are we to judge if Monday’s are your cheat day? Nobody can judge you for eating a muffin on a Monday if you stay healthy throughout the week – and it’ll help you get through the day.
#6 Supercharge your Sunday
Get up early, do something, tidy up, write your to-do list for tomorrow. This will help you feel like you’ve had a whole day off. Unsurprisingly, staying in bed all day will make you feel even more sluggish come Monday morning. Even if you go for a one hour walk with Pokémon Go, just do something!
#7 Make yourself number one
I’ve been looking into all kinds of weird and wonderful treatments to try on a Monday after work. For example, did you know Selena Gomez swears by visiting a sweat lodge a few times a week? The thought of wearing clothes and wrapping up like a burrito for 45 minutes in a steam room fills me with dread, but apparently, it’s great for mind, body, and soul.
Look into classes, talks, or cool treatments you can book yourself into a couple of times a week. I’m visiting my local bookstore to see some author talks on Monday evening, that way I can switch my work-mode brain off and think about something else before I arrive home.
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