Mondays ruin a lot of people’s day. Let’s be honest, no one likes them. Here’s how to dominate your Monday and start your week off better than ever.
When we think about it, Mondays are the least favorite day of the week. There are songs about Mondays, blogs about Mondays and memes about Mondays. Why? Maybe it’s because people are stuck in jobs they don’t like and they have challenges but no goals.
Mondays are the least favorite day of the week and this article proves it. It says that while Mondays are the least favorite, Fridays are the most favorite. Fridays are even more favorable over the summer months. Shocker.
What can we do about the pandemic of manic Mondays? Easy. We can make them better and here’s how you can do it.
Take time to prepare on Sunday.
This quote, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” is most appropriate here. For me, running a business is difficult and at times. It’s hard to get away from it even though it’s Friday or Saturday. Try making a list or getting something done on Sunday night. This will free you up for things that may pop up on Mondays (which we all know happens).
Make a list on Friday.
Let’s face it, we all want to get out of the office on Friday, but if we can make a list for Monday, our Mondays will be well spent. Break down the week on Friday and write down everything you didn’t get done for your Monday list. One app that really helps me do this is called WunderList. I use this app for reminders, follow-ups, and weekly to-do tasks. It helps with everything and you can add team members to it as well.
Start Monday with something you like to do
Here’s another saying for you, “You attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” Let’s pretend that Monday is a bee and we’re trying to attract it. Let’s do one thing in the morning, right away, that we like to do. I like reading a newsletter about what’s been going on in the world. This newsletter is called The Skimm. If you haven’t heard about it, sign up for it… Now. I’m not a fan of the news but it ‘skimms’ over just what you need to know before the day begins. It’s sent out early each morning and you get your daily dose of worldly knowledge. It also helps me feel knowledgeable about what’s going on in the world without going too in-depth.
Schedule some time to go over your emails.
If you’re anything like me, when you get to your desk on Monday, you have about 106 emails to go through. Luckily, some are things I can quickly read over, but still 106 is a big number. I started blocking off time on Mondays to get through these things. Before I started doing this, they piled and piled up over the course of the week and it just got too much to bear. You don’t want to be wasting time going through client phone calls AND emails catching up, so schedule some time to do this. I block my schedule from 9:00-11:00 to do just that.
Exercising is very important, especially for your mental health. When I first started my company, I was working morning, nights and weekends, while still going to my full-time job. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I saw some weight gain and stress accumulating and I decided this was too much. I found out (the hard way) that you need to take care of yourself first. Now, I run a mile every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. I try to bike around two days a week too. I wake up at 7:00, run around 7:30 and then am ready to get to work by 9:00. Working out in the morning helps me start my day off well by accomplishing a small task. It helps get stress out and it helps motivate me for a great day ahead.
Make your bed.
This may sound silly but in this article from U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven’s commencement speech he states, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” This is a great point and ever since hearing this from his speech, I make my bed every day. Sometimes it’s messier than others, but I start my day on the right foot.
Your ‘Case of the Mondays’ can easily be avoided if you integrate these small steps into your daily routine. Being positive and proactive are also great additives to a successful first day back to the week. Integrate these and watch success follow.