Do you frequently get a “case of the Mondays“? Sometimes, it’s just plain hard to get back into the swing of things after the rest and relaxation of Saturday and Sunday. An unproductive Monday, however, can throw off your productivity for the entire week.
While it’s certainly hard to jump back into work on Monday, it’s not impossible. Here are 5 things you can do to make your Monday mornings a little easier:
Stick To A Sleep Schedule On Weekends.
It can be difficult to get out of bed on Monday morning because you didn’t stick to a schedule on the weekend. Did you stay up until 3 AM on Saturday night or sleep in until 12 PM on Sunday afternoon? While you may not think much of going to bed and waking up at different times, it actually takes a significant toll on your body. It takes a couple of days for your body to get back to your weekday schedule, which means Monday mornings are the toughest. Avoid feeling tired and groggy on Mondays by sticking to a your weekday sleep schedule on weekends.
Set Aside Actual Work Time on Monday.
Mondays tend to be filled with meeting after meeting, and can be a prime day for conference call overload. It’s the start of the week and many people like to get the ball rolling by calling meetings. While it’s nice to touch base with your team, it can certainly be difficult to do that on 9 AM on a Monday morning. To give yourself some time to catch up, set aside work time for yourself. Block off an hour or two every Monday morning so that you catch up with email and plan your week ahead. It may not sound like much time but it can actually make a huge difference.
Create Something To Which You Can Look Forward.
Monday mornings can often be so depressing because all you have to look forward to is a long work week ahead.To combat this, create something to look forward to every Monday morning. Treat yourself to a nice breakfast, a class your gym or whatever it is that makes you a little happier. It doesn’t have to be anything big but just a little something to put a smile on your face on a Monday.
Don’t Slack Off On Fridays.
Mondays are often filled with so much work because you slack off on Fridays. Instead of trying to get as much done as possible at the end of the last week, you’ve just pushed it off to Monday. While this idea certainly sounded good on Friday, you’re now paying the price. It’s a vicious cycle but you can break it by getting more work done on Friday. When Monday rolls around, you’ll have a little more free time and little more room to breath.