A new week and a new month, all at the same time. I’m still in a bit of disbelief that January flew so quickly and that it’s already month two of 2015. For some tips on how to start a new month off right, check out this post from last Spring.
I used to dread Monday mornings (especially during the colder months) but I’ve come to really make them work for my benefit. Yes, I still shudder at the thought of having to leave my bed all day and put on real clothes for work and school, but Monday has become much less formidable over the years.
Strong coffee definitely helps, but the key, I think, to really good Monday happens during the weekend. It’s all about the prep work.
Here are five tips to make your Mondays work for you.
1. Go to bed on time
I cannot stress this enough, as juvenile and overly simplified as it may seem. For some reason, my body is notorious for getting wired on Sunday nights. So spending time during the day getting things done so that I can wind down at night is key for me. I aim to be out by 11pm-ish, and I’ve been reading (a physical, not digital book) to keep distraction at bay and settle my thoughts into sleep mode.
Starting the week fully rested won’t just make your Monday run smoothly, but the rest of your week. You’ll spend less time trying to catch up on sleep and energy this way.
2. Make your list the day/night before
I make a list of some sort almost every day. Building a to-do list for the day can take me a bit of time. I try to sort through high and low priority tasks and revise it to make sure I’m only focusing on what I need to do rather than overloading on tasks. Doing this the day before makes it so that I can actually spend the day doing rather than planning.
3. Eliminate early distractions
Put. Down. Your. Phone!
Avoid checking your email or social media early in the morning. One distraction leads to another and before you even realize you’ve lost 45 minutes of your day to nothing. Meg has passed on the tip, in fact, to keep your Mondays clear and I couldn’t agree more. Disconnect, focus on the things that matter and watch how crazy productive your Monday will be.
4. Eat an actual breakfast
I try to do this everyday, but I’ve noticed that when I eat breakfast on Monday I’m much more energized, focused and positive during the day. Get to bed at a time that allows you to comfortably wake up with time to make food.
Maybe an #EMDoesBreakfast hashtag needs to happen for simple and tasty breakfast ideas?
5. Keep your routine simple
Less is more, especially on Mondays. Don’t try to overload yourself with start-of-the-week tasks. Keep your routine sweet and simple, focusing on high priority and foundation things that will let the rest of your week run smoothly.
image credit: nubby twiglet with text by Amber