Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
It’s hard not to resent Mondays. Even if you love your job, the angst of having to go back to the grind on Monday can leave you disorganized and spinning your wheels all day. Then you have to spend the rest of the week playing catchup.
Taking no more than an hour out from your Sunday to anticipate the week ahead and get organized will help you free up head space and reduce worry. Check your calendar, email a note to a coworker or yourself, and make a to-do list prioritizing tasks you expect to come in first thing in the a.m.
Aim for three balanced, delicious meals on Sunday, each containing lean protein and complex carbs to give you steady energy and lots of high-fiber fruits and vegetables to aid digestion and leave you feeling full. Remember to skip the cocktails or brew and fill your glass with plenty of water. Alcohol is dehydrating, and that brings on the mental fog and sluggishness that intensifies stress.
Making your Mondays brighter might come down to designating Sunday as the day you do something active that’s personally fulfilling—such as going on a nature hike or walking shelter dogs.
Playing computer games, sports, and other activities that promote fun are also linked to improved creativity. If you want to start Monday morning feeling fresh and inspired, these are qualities you want primed. There’s no specific amount of time you should play. The point is to not work on weekends, and simply use this time to engage different parts of your brain but approach it like fun.
A good night’s rest on Sunday is the best way to dodge the madness of Monday; it helps you handle stress, puts you in a more optimistic, can-do mood, and leaves you feeling alert and energized, ready to tackle the start of the week rather than retreat under the covers.
Summing-up: While Monday is going to happen whether you like it or not, that lack of productivity doesn’t have to. The key is to adopt a few smart habits on Sunday so you set yourself up for a brighter, more efficient workweek without really cutting into your weekend R&R time.