It’s inevitable, summertime will always bring pretty severe cases of the Mondays. You’re back in the office, sitting at the desk wondering how it was that just a mere 24 hours earlier you were working on your tan at the beach. Let’s face it, Monday’s are just rough but they can be made a bit better.
For starters, it’s all about how you wind your weekend down so make Sunday count.
This year, amidst the craziness of summer, I have found that enjoying an amazing meal with two of my closest friends on Sunday evening might just be the best way to end the weekend. We go to the same place, sit outside, enjoy an outstanding glass of wine and split some of our favorite dishes. It’s a nice ritual to have and helps end the weekend on a high note. We don’t do it every weekend but when we do it’s perfect.
To prep for the week ahead, I get my ducks in a row. My Monday to do list is written out, my calendar updated, which I actually print the second I get into the office, but on Sunday night I go through and prioritize emails that have come in over the weekend especially since I have colleagues in London that will most definitely be sending through a few dozen or so notes before I’m even out of bed on Monday morning. Doing this little bit of work on Sunday night will ensure a fresh start to Monday. The ROI is exponentially better than holding it all until Monday.
Hit the gym. Don’t hit the snooze button (I’ll give you a onetime hit) but that’s it. You have to start the week off right and in what better way can you do that besides keeping your mind clear and energizing yourself for the week ahead. The thought of running sound a little too intense? Try this do anywhere workout, it’s quick and will do the trick to get you in the right Monday mindset!
A good cup of joe can do wonders, it may sound ridiculous but I “treat” myself to a nicer coffee on Monday mornings. It’s typically a weekend only splurge but by allowing myself that tiny weekend indulgence on Monday morning helps me ease into the week a bit better.
Lastly, the right playlist. I walk to the office every morning, rain or shine, polar vortex or sweltering summer sun and you better believe that music has the ability to flip my mood. Some days it’s country, others it’s classical, maybe a little rap depending on what I am anticipating for the day but regardless, it’s going to effect how you take on the day.