We wait all week for your easy like Sunday morning vibes and then what do you do with us? You dump us straight into Monday morning. Cold. Just cold.
Believe it or not we’re moving on. We’ve realized that with a little preparation and a better outlook Mondays actually can be pretty awesome. Here are a few ways we can all start loving (or at least liking) Monday.
Prep for Monday on Friday
We’ve all been guilty of leaving our most dreaded Friday afternoon tasks ‘til first thing Monday morning. While that make us feel GREAT on Friday, by Sunday afternoon we’re stressing out about the piles of work waiting for us in the morning. Forbes suggests tackling the most unpleasant of your tasks on Friday afternoon so they don’t linger around all weekend and cause anxiety. Same thought goes for Monday morning. Whatever you’re dreading, get it done. The rest of your day will feel lighter, less cluttered and you’ll experience far less of the Monday blues.
Nobody Meets on Mondays
Time for some real talk. Everybody hates Monday meetings. In fact, they hate them so much that on Sunday afternoon they’ve already checked out of the beach/park/family dinner to think about how much they’re going to hate sitting in a meeting 14 hours from now. If you’re the boss, try to rethink Monday meetings. You want fresh, positive and productive energy in the room. Let people get caught up on Monday’s tasks and help ease the mood by scheduling the same meeting on Tuesday. You’ll be surprised how much more you’ll get from your team by taking the heat off Monday.
Start a Ritual
As Bite Size Wellness points out, we all do a bit better when we have something to look forward to – and Mondays should be no exception. Just because the weekend is over doesn’t mean you should stop planning for fun throughout the week. Schedule a fun dinner with friends, or try the new yoga studio on Mondays after work. Developing a Monday night ritual will make for brighter spirits throughout the week!
Cut the Complaints
It’s no secret that complainers are no fun to be around and really dampen the mood, but chronic complaining is the sign of a seriously toxic behavior that can put your overall happiness at risk. When Inc. polled 850,000 people on how to make Mondays better, they found that people who have better Mondays don’t complain, take control of how they see the day and even more importantly – avoid the people in the office who whine endlessly with no solution in sight.
Get Plenty of Sleep
I asked SMASH’s VP of Business Development, Laurie Wall how she makes the most of her Mondays and she said it all starts the night before. “It can be hard since I stay up later on the weekends, but I make a conscious effort on Sunday night to remember to ramp up for the week ahead by getting to bed early. Getting enough sleep can turn a blah Monday into a great one.”
There you have it! SMASH’s favorite ways to kick the Monday curse and start kicking off your week with a positive bang. What are your must-have tips for a better Monday? Make sure to tell us in the comments below!