Mondays are probably the least liked day of the week. Email inboxes are full, calendars are packed with meetings, we’re all feeling tired from the weekend. I get it! However, there are tips that I’ve learned along the way that have helped set up my Mondays for success.
Start on Sunday night
Setting the next day up for success means you have to start the night before. Going to bed early, laying out your clothes, reviewing your schedule – if you do all of this on Sunday night, this mentally prepares you for Monday morning so you can get going!
Create a morning routine
I genuinely love my morning routine. I look forward to it each morning. It helps me set the tone for my day and gives me a chance to reflect and plan. Instead of bolting out the door, I love having my cup of matcha, journaling, creating my action items, etc. It helps me feel like before I feel bogged down by the day, I am getting organized so I can methodically tackle what the dya has ahead for me. Find something you enjoy doing and incorporate that into your morning. Maybe it’s creating a playlist with all of your favorite songs, going on a quick walk, doing a quick stretch, whatever it is – there is something out there for you that will help you. 🙂
Clean your home over the weekend
Last week, I felt all out of sorts. There were a few things going on in my personal life but it was only exacerbated because my home felt like it was a disaster. So I took a couple of hours to clean, organize, put things away and the next morning I felt so productive! I knew where everything was, I didn’t have to clear anything out of my way. Cleaning and organization is one way that I know always makes me feel like I have my life together. 😀 Spend a few minutes each night putting away what you need to so that in the morning, you don’t feel overwhelmed by clutter.
Make time for joy
Instead of wondering what you will be doing on Monday after work or school, plan something that you know you enjoy. Is that meeting up with a friend? Talking to someone on the phone? Going for a hike? Whatever that is for you, make sure you schedule something joyful. Looking forward to a planned fun meeting always helps me feel like I want to make sure I get all of my work done on time so I can go do it!
Prewrite all of your emails on Friday
No one likes a clogged email inbox so one tip that has helped me is instead of moving tasks from Friday over to my Monday, it is helpful when I actually complete them on Friday (even if it means I have to work more on Friday). That just means that my tasks and emails I need to write are all ready to be sent on Monday. That is one last task to complete on a hectic start to the week.
Move closer to your purpose
When I was working a corporate job in consulting, my health was declining and I felt that I wanted to do more with my day. Over time, I discovered I want to have more of an impactful part in someone’s day. When I felt I wasn’t getting that fulfillment in my day job, I started to really develop my “side hustle” and looked forward to working on building out health and wellness content. My days went by so much quicker when I felt my day had more purpose as I knew I was building something of my own. Find a passion project, really invest time and energy into your hobbies.