If you are anything like me this time of year seems to be more frantic and everyone is looking forward to some time off to relax and wind down as the year comes to an end. Monday morning approaches and after a relaxing weekend Monday is furtherest from anyone's minds but is always inevitable. I personally like Monday's as it is the beginning of a fresh start to a new week. Monday is the first impressing for the rest of the week which can set the tone and instead of the day being dreaded you can respect the day for its ability to keep us grounded to help balance our work and play successfully.
I love these fabulous tips, which I often refer to from The Simply Luxurious Life.
Use the weekend as a springboard to:
Check of the to-dos.
There are usually errands that can’t be completed during the week that begin to pile up just waiting to be dealt with when Saturday arrives. Take the time to group them all together and complete them on Saturday rather than Sunday so that you aren’t burdening yourself with the reminder all weekend of this nagging task.
Stay on Schedule.
With regards to your body, try to sleep 6-8 hours as well as staying as close to your “to bed” and “to rise” times as well. Adhering to the same times as best as possible keeps your body in a rhythm, so that when Monday arrives, waking up at five, six or seven, isn’t a shock.
Scheduling time to relax is a must. After all, unwinding and getting lost in activities we love is what the weekends are for. In order to perform our best during the week, we must strike a balance and rejuvenate over the weekend.
This one has been big for us this weekend as my eldest daughter has assessments due for her final week of this year and she was showing huge signs of not coping so I took both my daughters out for breakfast this morning. She was so relaxed to have a break away from the tasks she had ahead.
Do not overbook.
Simply because everything you have planned for the weekend involves activities and people you love, be diligent about not overbooking yourself which may potentially cause you to see the week as more of a respite than the two day weekend. Be savvy with your energy levels and time. After all, we only have so much to give and use.
Take a moment to plan.
Carve out time to sit down with my planner and look at the week in front of me, prepares me for what I have to accomplish and reminds me that getting a good night’s sleep is imperative if I’m going to function at my best. This is also a great time to plan the week’s meals, create a grocery list and make sure all of the clothes you will need are washed, laundered and ready to be worn.
A workout is a must.
- Plan weekly meals
- Grocery Shop
- Laundry – ironing, dry cleaners, etc (I iron every Sunday evening and I am so relieved to have this chore completed and out of the way for a fresh start to the week)
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, made a simple suggestion for a happier week that until I had read was something I never considered, but at the same time, wondered why I hadn’t thought of it earlier. Always workout on Monday. Why? Beginning the week by checking one workout off your list immediately as the week begins and taking the time to take of your body is sure to have a positive effect on your energy levels and mood.
Tackle the tough first.
When you get to work, choose to complete a task that will bring great relief when it is successfully put to bed. Knowing you have been quite productive early in the week provides inspiration and lifts your confidence as you proceed through the week, ultimately setting a positive tone.
A good nights sleep.
With these simple tips, Monday no longer has to be a day to dread, but instead can become a day to ground us and begin the week on a very good note.