It’s that time again: Monday morning. This day and week, I choose to be positive, happier, healthier and be positive toward anyone and all situation I encounter. This I pledged and so it stands. Have a great day family.
1. Plan ahead
Before wrapping up your week on Friday, take a few minutes to create a prioritized to-do list for the next week. This will make it easier to regain focus on Monday morning. I love using a paper planner for this.
2. Rest up
Go to bed a little early on Sunday nights so you get a full 8 hours of sleep. Nothing makes a day worse than starting it after a bad night’s sleep.
3. Think better
Before you get out of bed on Mondays, tell yourself, “today is going to be amazing!” Repeat until you start to believe it. Changing your thoughts will change your feelings and outcomes.
4. Start smart
If you can make time for it, a morning workout never fails to kick a day off right. This healthy start will give you more energy and improve your attitude—guaranteed.
5. Eat breakfast
Your mom told you breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and she wasn’t lying. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast can give you more energy and a mental edge.
6. Dress up
Even if you’re tired, take the time to put on a nice outfit and do your hair and makeup. Looking good helps us feel good.
7. Scale back
Setting more priorities than is realistic only kicks your week off with disappointment.
8. Clear clutter
Before digging in to your to-do list on Monday morning, spend 15 minutes clearing your desk and computer of clutter.
9. Make notes
Throughout the week, write inspirational quotes or one-line love letters to yourself on sticky notes. When Monday starts to weigh you down, review these notes.
10. Spread joy
Make Mondays your day of praise. Take a few minutes to tell coworkers or vendors you appreciate them, to give a LinkedIn recommendation, or send your partner a quick “You’re awesome” text. Shining the light on others will inevitably brighten your day as well.
11. Get outside
When weather allows, take a 15-minute break to head outside and soak up some sun and natural air. It’s amazing how big a difference these little breathers can make.
12. Chill out
If you feel yourself starting to stress out, take a 10-minute break (even if you have to do it in the bathroom stall) to calm down through meditation. Need help getting started? Check out the awesome Headspace app for help.
13. Rock out
Pick your perkiest playlist to keep your toes tapping and the minutes ticking by quickly.
14. Be social
Planning a happy hour or other fun after-work activity will give you something to look forward to all day, which helps time fly. Plus, you may start to associate Mondays with fun!
15. Drink caffeine
When all else fails…coffee or Coke can do wonders to your attitude!