Learn to Love Mondays!

I am a proud member of my local Rotary chapter – Norwich Sunrise Rotary, here in Norwich, Connecticut, where I live, and we’ve got a tradition of doing Fellowship during our meetings.

Fellowship is designed to help people kick off the meeting in a positive frame of mind, and for us, it also helps get a great start to the week, since my chapter meets at 7 am on Monday mornings.

I wanted to share my inspiration with you as well this morning and help you get your week off to a positive start. I’m a big fan of positive thinking and putting action behind those positive thoughts so that they are not just spinning around in the ether, but that they have energy and action behind them.

I’ve mentioned many times in my blog, and also in my podcast – Live Your Life DivaStyle, which can be found online on iTunes, on Spreaker, and other places – that the way you start generating a better attitude, more productivity, and learn to love who and what you see in the mirror every single day, is to put positive and focused action behind positive and focused statements.

Let’s get the week off to a fantastic start – check out my suggestions below for changes to make at home, at work, and in your thinking to help you learn to love Mondays!

Do you start each week cranky and tired? Do you spend Sunday night lamenting about the coming morning? If you dread Mondays, there are ways to make that day of the week – and all the ones coming after – easier on yourself. Consider these steps to get each week off to a better start.

Changes to Make at Home

  1. Use Sunday nights wisely. Get a head start on Monday morning by getting ready the evening before. You’ll have less to do in the morning if you prepare your lunch and healthy snacks the night before. You’ll find it easier to stick to your nutrition plan and eat healthy food if it’s already prepared. You can also lay out your clothes and accessories for the day – giving your Monday outfit some intentional thought and being ready to kick off the week loving your reflection will help power up your day and raise your self-esteem and self-confidence. Put your office keys and any files you brought home in a tote or briefcase by the door to avoid searching for them at the last minute – and imagine how much more prepared you will feel!
  2. Stay on a regular sleep schedule on weekends. It’s easier to get up early on Monday if you go to bed and get up at about the same time every day. When you’re changing habits – for instance, starting to workout early in the morning – it’s easier to make small positive changes if you’re getting enough sleep. Sleeping an extra hour between Saturday night and Sunday morning is fine. Staying up all night – even on the weekend – watching movies and then rising at noon makes it difficult for your body to adjust, and you’ll find your energy levels flagging during the day.
  3. Make time for breakfast. You’ll have more energy if you eat a nutritious breakfast. Grab a protein shake, some yogurt and fruit, or breakfast sandwich that includes lean protein and whole grains to help you stay on schedule and provide the fuel you need to function at your best.
  4. Work together as a family. Take a load off of your mind and help your kids learn to take responsibility by putting them in charge of age appropriate tasks. Let them take the first stab at assembling their backpack and praise them when you verify that that they’ve remembered all their homework and supplies. This can set the tone for them to have better days at school because they’re organized and prepared, and you increase their self-esteem because they were responsible for the positive outcome.

Changes to Make at the Office

  1. Get organized before you leave the office on Friday or at the end of your week. It’s amazing how much we can forget over the weekend – including that last-minute solution to a challenge or the inspirational thought that hits right after lunch. Write yourself a report on Friday highlighting the projects you need to tackle and the calls you need to make in the coming week. You can also use a smartphone to leave yourself a voice memo, or a tablet to write yourself an electronic note that you can access on Monday morning to kick off a productive work day.
  2. Give yourself something to look forward to. Make Monday special by sprinkling a little cinnamon in your coffee or wearing a favorite tie or piece of jewelry. Bring in a flower from your garden if you have one, or splurge a bit and get some fresh flowers or a piece of artwork to display in your workspace where you’ll see it often and be inspired.
  3. Schedule tasks for when you’re most efficient. Work with your own rhythms and your personality type. If you’re an early bird, get cracking on your most challenging tasks or projects right away – take advantage of your burst of energy and creativity to get off to a fast and productive start. If you know that you perform better after you’ve had some time to warm up, save the heavy thinking and complicated tasks for later in the day.
  4. Accommodate the schedules of others. Studies show that many of your colleagues and clients will be more responsive to communications sent during the middle of the week. Learn to expect delays – especially if everyone is not on the same productivity schedule that you are – and hold off on items that are less time sensitive. You can learn your co-workers schedules as you continue to cooperate with them and perhaps even help them to adopt strategies that will make them more productive.

Changes to Make in Your Thinking

  1. Shift your focus. If you start feeling apprehensive about returning to the office or to your work space in your home if you have a home office, turn your attention to more constructive subjects. Concentrate on the positive steps you can take to tone down your negative emotions, and choose to start your day with a favorite or fun activity that also brings productivity and accomplishments.
  2. Accentuate the positive. Remind yourself of what you like about your job or your business, your current projects, and the people you work with. Help everyone have a great day by handing out a sincere compliment or sharing an inspiring story from the morning news. Getting everyone feeling more positive can help to raise productivity for the entire team and start off the week with a bang instead of a whimper.
  3. Learn from experience. Setbacks and unexpected outcomes are a part of life – after all, we’re human and wonderfully imperfect. Even if your computer dies or your boss criticizes your work, think of it as a learning experience and focus on what you’ve gained. You know what to avoid the next time, and you may even be able to head off a challenge based on your experience.
  4. Look forward to the weekend. Monday lasts for only 24 hours. Give yourself a boost by getting theater tickets or inviting friends over for next weekend. Keep in mind that what you deal with on Monday and throughout the week makes it possible for you to have a fun and active weekend. It’s part of laying the foundation for future accomplishments, and earning the time off and resources to do what makes you happy.

You can make friends with Monday even if you still like Friday better. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you’ll banish the Monday blues and become more productive,  less stressed, and more confident.