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HOW TO MAKE MONDAYS AS EXCITING AS FRIDAYS

HOW TO MAKE MONDAYS AS EXCITING AS FRIDAYS

Mondays are my favorite day of the week…said no one ever. For as long as I can remember, Monday is the least favorite day of the week for virtually everyone. It's the day we go back to our routines after two days of sleeping in, going out, binge-watching Netflix or simply lying in bed all day--hey, I'm not here to judge! So no wonder Mondays are so hard! But I have good news! As it turns out, Mondays don't have to be dreadful and unbearable. Make Monday your new favorite day of the week by following these recommendations:

Don’t leave unfinished or pending tasks on FridayLet’s start with what you should try to avoid doing on Fridays, shall we? It’s Friday at 3:30pm and you are still trying to finish that brief that is due next week. You are desperate to leave the office and start your weekend, so you leave the brief half way done—and a few other unfinished tasks for Monday. Try to avoid this as much as you can because on Sunday night you are going to be thinking about the 100 things you left undone on Friday and you will already be dreading Monday.  So what should you do? Work smart on Fridays and plan your day in a way that allows you to finish as much tasks as possible before you leave for the weekend. Block time on your calendar to accomplish certain tasks within established timeframes and stick to them! I know it may be tempting to take a long lunch on Fridays, but my recommendation is to get stuff done on Friday so that you can treat yourself on Monday!

Schedule something you will look forward to- How do you treat yourself on Mondays you ask? Scheduling something that will make you look forward to Monday is a great way to be motivated on this dreadful day of the week. Here are a few things you could schedule on Mondays:

  1. Coffee or lunch with a friend
  2. After work Happy Hour
  3. A fun exercise class (my favorite is Zumba!)
  4. Dinner at your favorite restaurant

Think of those things that you enjoy and make them a Monday activity! Your Mondays will feel like Fridays…well almost.

Don't stay up too late on Sunday- I have noticed the difference between the Mondays I wake up after a long, good night sleep and the Mondays I wake up after only 4 hours of sleep because Sunday Funday, right? Tiredness will definitely have a negative impact in your mood and attitude, so make sure you rest and sleep at least 7.5-8 hours. If you are planning a late night activity during your weekend, make sure you do that on Friday or Saturday night instead of Sunday. Start your week prep as early as possible on Sunday and make sure you go to be bed at a decent hour so that you can start your week energized. 

I hope these tips will help you embrace Mondays or at the very least dread them a bit less. 

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