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By MacKenzie Nelson-Greene
Nobody likes Mondays. Even if you work odd hours, and your “Monday” is on Thursday, you probably hate dragging yourself to work after two days of bliss not having to go. Well, ladies, no one can break you from the Monday funk except yourself.
You have to power to enjoy Mondays more than any other person in world! Even if your boss likes to dump a weekend’s worth of work on you every Monday morning, you can still enjoy your day with a little dose of positivity and a few tricks I learned over the years.
So, if Mondays just aren’t your thing, or if you are just now feeling the extra drag a Monday can give the 9-5er, check out these four ways to get yourself into happier Mondays starting next week!
#1) Have a Productive Sunday
The two-day weekend can really bring out your relaxing sides. That is great! However, this often leads to us falling into a quick routine of vegging out and avoiding work. Even after two days, our bodies reset, and this makes it more difficult to start our work routines over.
The only way to get through this is to create a productive routine throughout the weekend. You don’t necessarily have to do six hours of yard work on Sundays to keep a productive routine; however, it is important to let your brain feel a sense of work on days you need to relax.
Try starting something that isn’t overly exhausting on Sundays. Take up a hobby that requires brain work or creativity. From model airplanes to scrapbooking, having productive Sundays can lead to productive Mondays.
I have a friend who does all of her housework on Sunday mornings. She washes her floors, dusts, and does her laundry all before 1 pm. This helps her feel more productive on Sundays, gets her up early, and gives her the peace of mind that her house is clean when she begins her week. It relieves a lot of stress, to say the least!
#2) Get a Strong Monday Routine
You know that every Monday, your boss calls in a meeting to get you motivated (AKA dump a ton of work on you for the week). You know that on Mondays, you have to do a laundry list of things just to start your work week off.
Well, you know it’s coming, so why dread it? Instead of dreading it, find ways to overcome the sheer amount of work you have to do on Mondays. Get yourself a planner, calendar, or a to-do list pad to help you get started. Map out your Mondays from the second you get to work to the second you get in your car to go home.
Make checklists that you can physically check off when your work is done.
This is going to keep you organized, and give you a sense of accomplishment (which you kind of need on a dragging Monday).
#3) You’re Only Four Days to the Weekend
Keep a positive attitude on Mondays. Remember that Mondays set the tone for your entire week. If your boss gives you more work than usual on Monday, don’t sit there and dread the fact that your week is going to chew you up and spit you out. Instead, consider yourself lucky to be able to be productive and avoid boredom at work. I don’t know about you, but when my work is boring, I find it harder to pay attention. It seems like the more work I have to do, the more I actually accomplish.
So, start getting yourself excited about the work you do. Remember, you only have four days left until the weekend, and those days are going to fly by because you are going to be a busy little bee. Never dread the amount of work you have on Mondays, because it will only drag you down for the entire week.
Remember, the more you get done on Monday, the less you’ll have to do on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Give yourself the opportunity to be positive. Even if you have to fake it the first few weeks, force yourself to look at the positive aspects of completing more work on Mondays, and you will become more productive and less lethargic on the first day of your work week.
#4) A High Protein Diet on Mondays
If energy is your issue on Mondays, it is time for you to take the right, healthy steps toward getting more energy in your system. You may want to start this technique as early as Sunday evening, but it is essential that you have a high protein diet on Mondays.
Protein gives you energy, which makes you more efficient. Efficiency will give you extra confidence, and help you feel more accomplished. This will raise your mood from “Blah…it’s Monday” to “I’m going to get Monday over with sooner than I thought!”
So, of course, you’re going to have breakfast. Start it off with a protein shake, a couple of egg whites, or oatmeal with lots of nuts and berries. This is going to give you the energy you need to face the day.
Try to stay away from seven cups of coffee on Mondays. Cut it down to one or two cups to help you make it through the day.
If you feel yourself lagging, get a protein packed granola bar to give you a pick me up. This little snack between breakfast and lunch will really change your state of mind through the rest of your day.
Have a high-protein lunch that includes some form of white meat chicken or fish. And always carry your trail mix with you in case you get a little hungry throughout the day.
Stop thinking that Mondays are the worst! Remember that you can have a great Monday and set the entire mood for your week, by making yourself more productive on Sundays, staying organized and positive on Mondays, and keeping a strong protein-packed diet for energy on Mondays. So, the next time you have the case of the Mondays, get yourself in a strong routine, and never feel that Monday funk again! How bad to you hate Mondays? Share with us in the comments below!