And Increase Your Productivity
Mondays. Possibly the most hated day of the week. When we go back to work, back to school, back to the gym after a hopefully relaxing weekend. We have to wake up early, be productive, commute, pack our lunch. We have to go back to our everyday routine. And it is hard.
For years, I actually didn’t mind Mondays. I have to admit, I was one of those people who love going to school. Because I thought it was a great chance to spend time with my friends and if I could learn something in the meantime, why not?
Needless to say, as soon as I started working full-time the situation drastically changed. Now, Mondays mean waking up early, commuting for more than one hour to go to work and being stressed all day long. I got to the point where I spent my Sunday evenings being anxious at the thought of having to go back to work the day after. Even if I like my job, it is a feeling I cannot get rid of, for some reasons.
But, while I was listing all of my new year’s resolutions, I decided to change my attitude and mindset in 2019. I promised myself I would have begun my journey to fall in love with Mondays, to become a more productive and happy version of myself. So, if you’re struggling with the same problem, do not worry. I got you covered!
This are my top 5 tips to make Monday the best day of the week– or, at least, not the worst!
Consider Mondays as a New Beginning
Monday is the beginning of the week, a chance to start over, reset everything and start another week with a more positive attitude. For some reasons, everyone is excited about the new year and writes lists and lists of new year’s resolutions, feeling inspired and determined despite the cold and gloomy winter weather. However, not many people view Monday in the same way. Why?
It could be incredibly beneficial to start using Mondays as a way to forget all the stress of the previous week and start the next one feeling motivated and inspired. Which leads me to tip number 2.
Spend Your Sunday Reflecting on the Past Week
Once you start considering Monday as the perfect opportunity to start over, it is essential to make the most out of Sundays as well, which will, in turn, facilitate your new approach towards Mondays.
Dedicate some time– even just one hour or 30 minutes- to reflect on the past week, being grateful for all the good things that have happened and examining the stressful moments you had in order to understand what went wrong. Maybe the weather was really bad or you were feeling a bit blue, maybe you were particularly unproductive or maybe you had a fight with your boss. Whatever happened, take time to reflect on it and try to figure out what you could do next time to improve the situation.
For example, you could wear your favourite outfit or your most loved lipstick when you’re feeling down to feel more confident. Or perhaps you could spend your lunch break with a friend if your day isn’t going very well.
Reflecting on your week is essential. Not only to find ways to survive your busy life but also to make sure that you remember what happens each week. In this way, you can avoid looking back in a few months’ time without remembering if anything exciting happened.
And then Start Planning
After reflecting on the previous week, I like spending some time planning for the week ahead. I have recently started my very first bullet journal and this has helped me find a space to collect all of my thoughts. I like to be inspired and I have always been passionate about planning and setting goals. So, I write down what I want to accomplish that week and I divide these goals into measurable actions that I can tick off the following Sunday.
Just to give you an example. This week, I wanted to focus on my personal growth by finding something productive to do while commuting. Among my goals, I, therefore, listed things like “finish my book” and “learn something new”. I then translated these goals into actions that I can track and measure. For instance, I decided to read at least one chapter of my book every day, listen to at least five podcasts throughout the week and watch at least one documentary.
In this way, I can write my thoughts down in a clear way and I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. Having a to-do list that I can deal with makes me feel less stressed and anxious.
Find Something Worth Waking Up For
Now, since I was a little girl, I have always been a big fan of breakfast. I love the thought of having food as soon as I wake up. It just makes my day start in the best way possible. But when all I have at home is plain oatmeal or some sugar-free soy yogurt, I just get even more depressed. What I like to do, then, is spending some time on Sunday to prepare something yummy and healthy for the following morning, like a chia-pudding or some banana muffins.
In this way, when I wake up, I literally run to the kitchen because I can’t wait to have my coffee and some food. If you’re not a breakfast person, there are many other things you could enjoy doing in the morning.
From putting your make-up on to meditate, from working out to cuddle with your dog, there is always something that can make our Monday mornings slightly better.
And if it feels like you don’t have time, don’t worry, even ten minutes will be enough to find something you enjoy. For example, you could phone a friend while walking to the bus stop or put on some uplifting music while you drive to work. Being happy is a choice, you just need to find the time to remind yourself.
Prepare a Treat to Enjoy on Monday Evening
This is a habit I recently discovered and it really, really helps, I promise. There are tons of things you could do to treat yourself and most of them are completely free! So, instead of scheduling all the fun stuff on a Saturday, try to save something for a Monday instead.
Personally, I like ordering a takeaway on a Monday. Because this year is all about health and budgeting, I have decided to allow myself one takeaway per week, and it is usually on Monday. So when I get to work I’m already thinking about what to order.
But it doesn’t have to be food. It could be your weekly catch-up with your girlfriends or a yoga class, you could go to the gym to release your stress or maybe just take a long bath with some Epsom salt and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. You could go to the cinema or maybe spend your Monday evening on a date with your partner. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just find something you can’t wait to go home to!
So here you are. My top 5 tips to enjoy your Monday and start your week choosing happiness and productivity over stress and anxiety!
Now, tell me something about you. What kind of person are you? Do you enjoy Mondays? Or do you spend your entire week impatiently waiting for Friday? Leave a comment down below, let’s get to know each other!