Let’s be honest, Mondays kind of suck. Maybe you spent the weekend relaxing and aren’t ready to go back to the real world yet. Or maybe you were super busy all weekend and didn’t have time to relax, so it definitely feels like it’s not time for Monday yet! Either way, getting back to the grind Monday morning is a bummer, and usually, those Monday blues seep into Sunday as well. Here are some ways to help you stop dreading Mondays (and maybe even start enjoying them)!
Use Sunday to Prepare for the Week
Knowing it’s my last day of relaxation before going back into the work week definitely makes me want to be lazy on Sundays. But I also know that spending a little bit of time prepping for the week will make the rest of the week so much more of a breeze.
Sundays are when I do my grocery shopping and run any errands for the week. I also like to get some meals prepped for the week so I’m not scrambling every morning.
I also like to get all my laundry and cleaning done on the weekends so I can go into Monday with a clean space and nothing big on my to-do list when I get home after a long day at work.
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Have Your To-Do List Ready to Go
If the first thing I have to do when I sit down at my desk Monday morning is figuring out what I need to get done for the day, I’m already off to a rocky start for the day. I tend to not be at my best first thing Monday morning, so I’m likely to forget things. I like to use Friday to catch up on everything from that week, and then figure out when needs to get done the following Monday and start putting together my to-do list.
Monday mornings are so much less stressful when I sit down with my to-do list already ready to go so I can just dive in.
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Develop a Steady Sleep Schedule
So I’ve never exactly been good about this one. After a week of getting up early for work, I like to use my weekends to sleep in! But I definitely notice that when I stick to my normal sleep schedule on the weekend and wake up earlier, it’s so much easier to get back into the normal routine during the week.
If nothing else, I try to stick to getting the same number of hours per night, so I’ll still set my alarm and wake up on the weekends, even if it’s a bit later than I would normally wake up during the week. It’s a small step to take but can make a big difference.
Start Slow on Monday Morning
Mondays tend to be a slow day for me as far as meetings, but they are also a day where I try to cram a lot in to get ready for the week ahead. I realize we don’t always have control over our schedule, but try instead to do as much on as possible on Friday to get ready for the following week so you don’t have to start your Monday morning stressed and already feeling behind. It may not make a huge difference, but it may also help you to dread getting to your desk Monday morning a bit less if you know you aren’t in for a heavy morning.
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Treat Yourself on Monday
Find something to add to your Monday so you’ll actually look forward to it! I feel like we always reserve things like lunch out with friends or a happy hour after work for Fridays to celebrate the end of the week. Mix things up a bit and do these things on Monday so you aren’t dreading the start of the week so much. Even something as simple as an afternoon stop at your favorite coffee shop can help brighten your day.
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