♪ ♫ ♬ It's just another manic Monday ♪ ♫ ♬
This popular Bangles song sure hits the nail on the head when it comes to the start of the work week. Most of the time, the beginning of the week feels like an impenetrable void where you are both unmotivated and juggling a hefty pile of work. Why is it that Mondays can feel so…mundane? An argument could be made that you've just enjoyed two days of freedom - binge-watching Netflix, hanging with friends, and basically doing whatever your heart desires. But, there’s certainly something more to it than that. The day feel little it stretches on forever, the atmosphere is sluggish, and simply put, Mondays are pretty much everyone's least favorite day of the week.
Guess what? They don't have to be. While it’s almost impossible not to view the beginning of another work week as anything other than dreadful, you have the power to alter your perspective and walk into Monday's feeling enthusiastic and ready to go. Below are four tips on how you can turn Monday mornings into a successful, and dare I say, fun, start of your week.
Wake up with your alarm
It’s understandable to want to spend more quality time with your bed, especially on a Monday morning. You probably set your alarm Sunday night with the intention of waking up early, making yourself a cup of coffee, eating breakfast, preparing your lunch, turning on the news, and even maybe fitting in a quick gym session. But, when your alarm starts chiming, you look at it with disdain and hit the snooze button. It's no big deal You have time. You’ll make it to the gym after work. You can grab some coffee when you get into the office. However, let's be honest: this is what happens every morning and you hit snooze until you barely have enough time to shower.
One of the things that successful business professionals do is get up with their alarm. Yes, the first time it goes off. Make a concerted effort to get to bed at a decent hour the night before so you wake up refreshed Monday morning. You may feel drowsy when your feet first hit the floor, but your body will quickly adjust and even become accustomed to waking up with your alarm over time. You’ll be able to accomplish all those morning activities you keep putting off, eliminate any stress you feel from rushing to get to work on time, and you'll walk into work with a completely different attitude.
Get up and move
Exercising of any kind on a Monday morning is most likely the last thing you want to do before beginning the longest day of the week. According to the Harvard Business Review, studies have stated time and time again that getting up and moving is essential to helping productivity throughout your day. Actually, going to a gym and doing a full body workout is not necessary, but simply going for a walk will satisfy this need. If you have a dog, instead of waiting until after work to take him/her on a small walk, wake up early, put that leash on your furry four-legged friend, and get your blood flowing so you truly feel energized.
Check your email when you get to work
These are digital times. Virtually everyone has their smartphone attached at the hip, glancing at their screen each time a notification sounds. While accessibility and technology certainly drive innovation, productivity, and creativity in the workplace, we tend to forget that this instant connectivity can have a negative impact on our professional lives as well, If you're checking your work email before even stepping foot into the office, you'll never be able to mentally recharge and approach the day feeling refreshed. How can you walk into work with a clear head when you’ve never actually stopped working? When Monday morning rolls around, wait until you're at your desk to start shuffling through your inbox.
Leave the big decisions for later
It’s easy to spend part of your weekend coming up with a grand to-do list for your upcoming work week. Whether you've decided that this upcoming Monday you'll finally ask for a raise or you've decided to map out how you'll attack the next project for the week, hold off on the any work-related decisions until Monday actually arrives. It's more effective to get your juices flowing while you're in a work environment rather than at home lounging on your couch. Not only do you need to give yourself a mental break, but you also don't want to start drudging up feelings of anxiety because you're overwhelmed by all the work you have to do next week.
Mondays can seem like the longest, most dreadful day of the week, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Monday should, if anything; be viewed as an opportunity for you to start the week off on the right foot. It's incredible how making a few simple changes when it comes to your mindset and habits can completely redirect you on a positive, productive path.