Monday Blues? Beat it with these 5 tips
“There should be an extra day for the weekend,” someone said recently with a scowling face and a deep sigh. We know how true that statement is. There is something about the weekend coming to an end, it puts one in a bad mood and there’s no excitement to look forward to Monday – not after all the fun and rest the weekend had to offer. But Monday isn’t that bad; it’s a great day to start afresh with new ideas, goals, and expectations.
Beat the Monday blues with these tips:
Monday is a reset button
If you weren’t able to complete your tasks or set goals last week and you suddenly feel under-accomplished, don’t get anxious. Monday gives you a fresh start to start all over, complete those tasks, and smash those goals. Remember that the first step is to make a list of your goals according to priorities and make them short so they can easily be achieved. You could write them in small notes and stick them to multiple and visible places, this will serve as reminders and it will help you stay focused.
Get adequate sleep
Your Monday will be great if you turn into bed early on Sunday night and have a full night’s sleep, you’ll wake up early feeling rejuvenated and well-rested. Adequate sleep is the key to having a productive day as it improves the functionality of the brain and balances the mental and physical well-being of the body. To get enough sleep, avoid caffeine – a stimulant that makes sleep difficult, and put off electronic gadgets that flood your eyes with bright light. You’ll sleep faster and better if your bedroom is comfortable, a bit dark with a cool temperature, and quiet.
Tap into the confidence of a good dress
Never underestimate the confidence and power good clothing gives. Studies have shown that dressing well boosts your confidence and increases your performance at work. It also enhances your personality, makes you attractive, and enables good communication skills when meeting and networking with people. Monday offers you the opportunity to wear that new dress you just got, the compliments you’ll receive will go a long way in building your self-confidence and help you stay motivated all day and weeklong.
Prepare ahead for Monday
As you took your time to have fun and rest well during the weekend, so should you put in some time to get prepared for Monday. This might include making your meals ahead, getting your clothes sorted and ironed, your shoes cleaned and polished, your laptop and charger placed in the bag, your stationery put in place, your meetings scheduled, and every issue resolved before the new week starts. These tasks can be overwhelming and cause you to get flustered when done on a Monday morning. Get everything you need to help you get started on Monday during the weekend.
Don’t make Monday all about work
Have a little fun at work. Take a minute or two to listen to some cool music that’ll help you stay relaxed and calm. Grab a quick lunch and refill your stomach, make a quick call to that special friend, and catch up on sweet memories. You could stretch your legs a little and take a walk to your partner or colleagues’ desk and have a little chat about the weekend – you could even be of help to a troubled colleague. Ensure that in all your work, you’re able to create time to keep your mind and body balanced. Take a breather or two.
It is often said that the quality of your Mondays can have a significant effect on your performance and productivity throughout the week. Monday shouldn’t be a tough day if you are able to take the necessary steps to help you go through it.
Remember to stay positive, wear a smile, and love Mondays just like you would love any other day of the week – especially Fridays. lol
How did your weekend go? Got enough rest, had some fun or discovered a new hobby? Share with us!