How you start your Monday can set the tone for the rest of the week. Mondays are not as dreadful as we all believe. Most of us wake up on Monday feeling stressed, confused, groggy, and unmotivated, and dreaming of the end of the day. If this sounds familiar to you and you want to wake up on Monday feeling ready to tackle any challenge the day may throw at you, here are seven tips to follow:
1. Mentally prepare yourself for the work week
When you spend your Sunday sleeping in, dealing with a hangover or binge-watching Netflix, no wonder you wake up on Monday feeling stressed. After a relaxing day, your mind and body are not ready to do something. Make the time to plan the week, or, at least, Monday and Tuesday. This way, you will know what to do and be mentally prepare for the work day.
2. Go to bed earlier to wake up earlier
Some people claim they need six hours of sleep to have enough energy to get through the day while others need eight hours. Depending on how many hours of sleep your body needs, go to bed earlier to wake up earlier. There are many things you can before the hectic work day starts.
Successful people tend to wake up early even on the weekends. Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, says he usually wakes up by 5:30 am to exercise. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., says he starts his day at 4:30 am to deal with emails. Sure, it takes the time to become an early riser, yet waking up earlier on Monday may help you boost your productivity and combat your mental laziness.
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3. Unplug your devices till the morning
If your phone is connected to your email and Facebook and Twitter accounts, switch it off, leave it in your bag and check it in the office at 9 am. Instead of spending your time in front of the screen, consider reading a book or meditating to calm your mind before bedtime.
4. Start your Monday off by hitting the gym
… or running around your neighborhood. This is an effective way to kickstart your day and increase your energy. Regular exercise keeps the body and mental state healthy. It helps fight morning anxiety and early symptoms of depression. If running is not your thing, you can simply walk for 20 minutes or do some plank exercises.
5. List the priorities of the day
With Monday being the first work day, you are more likely to face tons of tasks. Those emails that have been piling up in your inbox, projects that you did not accomplish on Friday, and new tasks that are waiting for your attention. There are so many things that can clutter your mind on Monday morning. Before jumping into work, take several minutes to pick out your priorities.
6. Greet everyone with a smile, including yourself
Many of us find Monday mornings so difficult and stressful that we do not smile until Friday. Ditch this habit. Greet the morning, yourself, your partner, kids, pets, neighbors and coworkers with a smile. Smiling is infectious. Show other people that Monday is as happy as Saturday.
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7. Wake up with positive thoughts
Replace your negative Monday morning thoughts with the positive ones and you will fall in love with the first day of the week. Have no positive thoughts? Read some inspiring quotes or articles before the bedtime or as soon as you wake up to set the level of positivity of the rest of the day. When we feel optimistic, we tend to make optimistic choices.
These tips are really helpful if you are struggling with Monday mornings. Give them a try and let me know about your results. I personally hate Sundays and love Mondays. I do not why, but I love the beginning of everything, including the week. After all, Monday morning is a wonderful time to start a new life.