Mondays are the worst, right? The first morning of a new week is tiring, overwhelming and a bummer to wake up to for many. Because of the stigma behind Mondays, many people are starting to wonder if there is a better way to go into a Monday than they’ve done their whole lives.
Rather than waking up stressed that it’s time to start another big week, there are ways to wake up and not feel drained from your weekend, nervous to start another week and excited for the upcoming challenges.
It’s a simple matter of adopting some new routines and finding the joy in Mondays once and for all. Change your perceptions of Monday, one of the most powerful days of the week, and you’ll find the rest of your wave is paved for you. Here is a look at how to get over that feeling of not wanting to wake up, not being ready to hit the pavement hard and how to use Mondays more wisely.
Wake up extra early
While you’re probably already dreading the alarm clock on Sunday nights, it’s a great idea to set the alarm clock extra early this Monday morning. The wake up time on Monday mornings is the most dreaded part of the week.
You probably had an active and fun weekend with the family which makes you want to sleep in rather than to switch gears back into work mode but waking up extra early will help you have a nice start to the day. Don’t hit snooze this Monday morning but instead, get a great night’s sleep and feel fired up on and see it as a successful Monday morning to take full advantage of the day.
Don’t start the day looking at screens
While you’ll want to get to your phone and emails soon, don’t start the day off this way. In order to see success today, you need to get in your mind first. Wake up extra early with no rushed feeling or feeling like there is no time to sit and take in the day; instead, wake up and start with a meditation.
You need to meditate about success, the things you want to accomplish and goals you want to set. Use this time to motivate yourself in knowing that your dreams are possible and attainable.
Find another time to meditate during the day and do this for 20 minutes each in order to gather your thoughts and feel less overwhelmed. You’ll wake up feeling fuller each Monday with a sense of hope and contentment. The craziness that comes during the day won’t bombard you because you’ll feel a sense of being still.
Be prepared for the unexpected
Once you’ve woken up, meditated, enjoyed a healthy breakfast and refreshed yourself to start the day, it’s time to start playing catch up from the weekend. You’re going to have missed emails and phone calls to handle, so it’s a good idea to do these things first thing for a more successful Monday.
Handle them before you leave the house or get to work early in order to play catch up and set the day off with a fresh start. Schedule time to handle these tasks so that if unexpected things happen today, you’ll have the time and energy to handle them. Build in extra time on Monday mornings to allow for more success today.
Watch the rest of the week flow
If you feel more success getting up extra early on Mondays, you may feel inspired to do this each day of the week to have more time to handle the new challenges each day brings. You may enjoy meditation that it extends past 20 minutes or you want more time during the day to do it frequently.
You also may want to incorporate fitness routines into the morning to have more energy during the day. Allow Monday to set the tone for the rest of the week physically and mentally. Just make sure you focus on Monday’s being your most successful morning as you can’t avoid the inevitable issues that need to be dealt with from a weekend away and planning your week ahead.
Use these tips to have the most successful Monday morning which leads to a more successful week.