If you have the Monday blues each week, Savvy Sugar has these smart tips to get you going.
A case of the Mondays is unavoidable. We can't hit rewind and relive the relaxation of our weekends—but we can eliminate some of the stress with a few tricks to put into practice over the weekend and first thing Monday morning. Just take a look at how you can make the most of your Monday back at the office and kick off your week on the right foot.
Practice Smart Weekend Habits
Cook Up Something in Advance
Use your Sunday to whip up something yummy—and bring it with you to the office the next day. If your Monday is unpredictable and you can't find a minute to grab a bite outside the office, you'll be relieved if you pack a delicious lunch from home. In fact, making something that will keep for a couple of days will mean you're off lunch and dinner duty for the beginning of the week—which could buy you a couple hours extra at the office on Monday or Tuesday, if need be.
Take Advantage of Your TiVo
Forget staying up past your bedtime on Sunday night. TiVo or DVR your favorite shows, and reward yourself throughout the week when you tune into the episodes you have stored up. It'll be a great weekday treat, plus you'll score extra sleep that will really count when you're headed to the office the next day.
Take a little time first thing on Monday to set a schedule. Prioritize your tasks for the work week, and be sure to schedule in some personal time, too. The ability to see what you're up against at the start of the week can help you set daily goals and make plans outside of office hours. To help keep you organized, set calendar alerts and other savvy reminders on your phone—this way you'll know exactly what's going on, even when you're away from your desk.
Tackle Tough Assignments During Peak Hours
As much as we might wish it was still the weekend, we have to face facts—it's Monday—and forge ahead. If you view your energy throughout the day as a bell curve, then work smart. Dive into your toughest assignments and tackle them head on when you have the drive. Later, as your energy tapers off, shift gears to something that requires less brain power.