Five, four, three, two, one, Happy Monday!!!! Okay, so it isn’t a New Year, but it is a new week and wouldn’t it be awesome if we treated Monday like we do January 1st? It’s the beginning of a fresh week, a chance to start new projects and improve on projects from the week before. Yet, in spite of all its potential, Monday remains the most hated day of the week. For most people it’s the transition from a restful weekend to a week full of work that remains too bitter to swallow all at once. For others, they’d rather not being going to work, period! While Mondays aren’t our favorite, I’m sure we can all agree that life would be much better if we could improve our relationship with the controversial day of the week.
So how can we start getting excited about Monday and make them feel like New Years day? Here are five tips to get you started.
- Make resolutions (goals): We all know that goals simplify tasks and give us direction, so why not use them to make Mondays more productive? A productive day is always a good day. Additionally, goal setting may also provide that well needed distraction from the fact that it’s Monday. Just think of it as another day to get things done.
- Get ready for it: Since a part of the challenge is transitioning from an awesome weekend to a week of work, why not make the transition more seamless and natural? After you’ve made your resolutions, get your clothes and accessories ready, get your files ready and most importantly, get your mind ready. Getting your mind ready may be as complex as deep meditation or as simple as listening to your favorite motivational song. Finally, get some rest. Do whatever it takes to eliminate the Monday morning stress.
- Throw yourself a party!: Okay so maybe it’s not practical to throw yourself a party every time you have a new week but you can find small ways to reward yourself. It helps having something to look forward to at the end of the day.
- What’s a party without company?: Since you’re on a mission to have a great Monday, it won’t help the situation if your colleagues at work are not on-board too. Try making it an office-wide activity. Jeans Mondays or casual Mondays may be a great incentive to get started.
- Write it down: Since we’re having such a great Monday, wouldn’t it be great if we could remind ourselves of how awesome Monday is every single week? Make a journal entry listing all your wins for the day and then review them next week when you need that extra motivational push.
I hope you found these tips useful. If you have any recommendations of your own, feel free to list them in the comments below.