Monday morning. Arguably the worst part of the week, Mondays bring with them a pile of work expectations, a list of difficult challenges and the sleepiness of an early morning. Actually getting off the ground on a Monday morning can feel like a success in and of itself and by the end of the day, you might be feeling wiped and out plain exhausted. What if, however, there was another way? Monday mornings are filled with potential and, if you look at them in the right way, they can open a great many doors to opportunity and success throughout the week. Dread going to bed on Sunday evening? Implementing these changes might just help to change your mind about the whole thing.
- Prepare Ahead
While planning your week during your weekend might not seem like the best way in which you can spend your time off, getting a headstart on the week can help your motivation remarkably, making stepping into gear at the start of the week a real breeze. If weekend planning isn’t something you want to do, try taking a little extra time at the end of the day on Friday in order to draft out the kinds of tasks you want to accomplish in the coming days. Coming in on Monday morning with a clear idea of the kind of jobs you need to do and the times in which you need to do them will make getting started much more easy; you can’t say no to a schedule.
- Detox On Sunday
Relaxing from the stresses of work is something that we all like to do over the weekend but often, we can take the whole kicking back thing a little too far. If you find yourself having celebrated a little too much over the weekend, try dedicating your Sunday evening to getting back into shape and winding down. Clear your plans, take a bath and make yourself a good meal. Slowly getting your mind and body back on track will help you to feel more rested on Monday morning. Getting back to work might just be a whole lot less painful!
- Arrange Your Outfit
Spending an hour or so on Sunday evening sorting your things for the week ahead can help you to get your head back in the professional game and enable your mind to refocus. Before you go to bed, try arranging your work outfit for the next day, preparing your lunch and getting your bag ready. When you wake up, you have to do the bare minimum in order to get organized, making your morning a whole lot less stressful.
- Treat Yourself
Getting back to work after a weekend away can often leave you feeling wiped out and unmotivated. In order to avoid procrastination and ease you back into the swing of things, try starting off your day with a few extra home comforts. Things like preparing a special breakfast, stopping for a coffee or listening to a special playlist in the mornings can all help you to kickstart your day and focus your mind for the work ahead. Mondays might feel cruel, but there’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself along the way.
If you’re finding that you are constantly exhausted on a Monday morning, it might be time to change up your routine. Taking a few extra minutes in which to meditate, breathe deeply and focus your mind can really put a spring in your step, making waking up a whole lot more easy. Meditation is increasingly effective as a way to banish stress and anxiety, so taking 10 minutes each morning to yourself might help you to focus on anything that is worrying you. Getting started in the morning is all about doing things for yourself and sometimes, it pays to be a little selfish with your time.