6 Monday Morning Rituals That Will Make You More Successful


If you read my last article on how I spend the first hour at work (here) you’ll know that I’m sort of obsessed with making use of the first hour of the day on a Monday. How do you feel on a Sunday evening? Are you always prepared for the next day?

I know that even if you love your job, you can sometimes feel a little behind on a Monday and not sure how to catch up and keep yourself on track, but don’t worry. You can take some serious inspiration from women who already have busy and stressful lives and the rituals they swear by to make Monday their most successful day of the week.

1. Dance like nobody’s watching

Jenn Tardif is a yoga teacher and the founder of 3rd Ritual, as such she recognizes the importance of movement in the morning. It’s important to make time to move your body, especially if you spend all day sitting down. She told Mind Body Green, “It’s nice to move your body in the morning, or whenever you have a moment of solitude and give yourself permission to move freely without inhibition. Put on a favorite song, let loose and if that doesn’t come easily try closing your eyes.”

To try Jen’s morning routine, get yourself out of bed, put your headphones on and move your body. You’ll find that you feel a lot more energized for the day and ready to take anything on. Dance for ten minutes before you go about your daily routine. It’ll make a difference.

2. Prepare the night before

For some of us, Monday mornings will not go smoothly if we don’t prepare a little beforehand. I always think that Monday morning begins on Sunday evening. Amanda Kludt knows the beauty of this. As the editor of Eater, she has mounds of work to get on with and sometimes you just want to be ahead. To feel organized and less chaotic on a Monday she will spend at least an hour on Sunday getting things done. The best way to plan your Monday a day ahead is to write it down, the Getting Things Done planner will be your best friend on stressful Sunday evenings and remind you to stay on top of everything, even your meal prep.

Amanda told NY times: “As much as I try not to work on Sunday, I spend about an hour prepping for the week, which makes Monday less daunting. I’ll catch up on emails and maybe edit a few articles.”

If you feel daunted by the amount of work you need to do, there is no rule saying you can’t use your weekends to get ahead. If you know it’ll make your Monday mornings go smoother, then why not?

2. Prepare the night before

For some of us, Monday mornings will not go smoothly if we don’t prepare a little beforehand. I always think that Monday morning begins on Sunday evening. Amanda Kludt knows the beauty of this. As the editor of Eater, she has mounds of work to get on with and sometimes you just want to be ahead. To feel organized and less chaotic on a Monday she will spend at least an hour on Sunday getting things done. The best way to plan your Monday a day ahead is to write it down, the Getting Things Done planner will be your best friend on stressful Sunday evenings and remind you to stay on top of everything, even your meal prep.

Amanda told NY times: “As much as I try not to work on Sunday, I spend about an hour prepping for the week, which makes Monday less daunting. I’ll catch up on emails and maybe edit a few articles.”

If you feel daunted by the amount of work you need to do, there is no rule saying you can’t use your weekends to get ahead. If you know it’ll make your Monday mornings go smoother, then why not?

3. Dress to impress

Hawa Arsala is a Creative Director who has art directed beautiful films and shoots for the likes of Gucci. “I dress for myself. It’s a very important morning ritual for me to construct something based on my mood and what materials I want to encase my body.” Hawa told The Cut. And she’s right. If you want to feel your most powerful, you need to make power dressing part of your routine. 

To embrace Hawa’s morning routine, you need to edit your wardrobe a bit. Make sure the pieces you have truly reflect you and enhance you. It’s always better to have options ready the night before, so your Monday morning can be smooth and you can pick pieces easily. Check out what London girls are wearing and copy some of their best-loved pieces here.

4. Make time for your wellness

Bobbi Brown starts her morning with a giant glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it. This is a great way to hydrate your body and get you ready for the day ahead. She then follows up with a double espresso with coconut milk to energize and caffeinate her body. After that she works out, finding the morning to be the best time to get fit and healthy.

This is a simple morning routine to follow but will have huge effects on your work performance. And the best way to stay on top of it is to write it down in a fitness planner. That way you can track your progress on a daily and weekly basis, and make your Monday mornings a healthier time for your body and mind. If you get up an hour earlier and make time to work out, your mind will start to develop and you’ll be much better at tackling high-pressure situations.

4. Make time for your wellness

Bobbi Brown starts her morning with a giant glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it. This is a great way to hydrate your body and get you ready for the day ahead. She then follows up with a double espresso with coconut milk to energize and caffeinate her body. After that she works out, finding the morning to be the best time to get fit and healthy.

This is a simple morning routine to follow but will have huge effects on your work performance. And the best way to stay on top of it is to write it down in a fitness planner. That way you can track your progress on a daily and weekly basis, and make your Monday mornings a healthier time for your body and mind. If you get up an hour earlier and make time to work out, your mind will start to develop and you’ll be much better at tackling high-pressure situations.

5. Be the best version of yourself

Kristen Noel Crawley is the founder of KNC beauty. She starts her day with a bike ride. Then she’ll usually take care of the business aspects of her job on a Monday. She’ll be answering emails, processing orders, sending out invoices and getting the small things ticked off her to-do list. She leaves bigger tasks like designing for when she feels inspired, and tries to be as productive as possible on a Monday.

You might want to learn some psychological tricks to make you more productive at work in the morning. Kristen describes herself as a one-woman show and will spend time in the morning making sure everything is running smoothly.

5. Be the best version of yourself

Kristen Noel Crawley is the founder of KNC beauty. She starts her day with a bike ride. Then she’ll usually take care of the business aspects of her job on a Monday. She’ll be answering emails, processing orders, sending out invoices and getting the small things ticked off her to-do list. She leaves bigger tasks like designing for when she feels inspired, and tries to be as productive as possible on a Monday.

You might want to learn some psychological tricks to make you more productive at work in the morning. Kristen describes herself as a one-woman show and will spend time in the morning making sure everything is running smoothly.

6. Get fit first

Elaine Welteroth is a journalist and the former editor of Teen Vogue. While Elaine pursues more opportunities on screen, she needs to make sure she’s physically and mentally fit to tackle all the challenges that might come her way.

She makes sure she makes a smoothie every morning after working out and told Equinox, “For beginners, the trick is to pack in half leafy greens (kale and spinach are my go-to’s) with your favorite fruit blend (green apples are great to sweeten up the bitter greens).” For more fitness inspiration, find out how Celina got fit in just three months with this easy routine.

6. Get fit first

Elaine Welteroth is a journalist and the former editor of Teen Vogue. While Elaine pursues more opportunities on screen, she needs to make sure she’s physically and mentally fit to tackle all the challenges that might come her way.

She makes sure she makes a smoothie every morning after working out and told Equinox, “For beginners, the trick is to pack in half leafy greens (kale and spinach are my go-to’s) with your favorite fruit blend (green apples are great to sweeten up the bitter greens).” Find out how Celina got fit in just three months with this easy routine.

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Beth Macdonald

Managing Editor

I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.

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