We all tend to struggle with Monday blues, but don’t let this impact your working day! Below are some steps to kickstart your week so you can make the most of it!
1. Wake up early. Use this time to set three goals for the day, read the morning news, go for a run and repeat positive self affirmations to kickstart your day with a positive mindset.
2. On your morning commute, listen to your favourite podcast or audiobook. With more digital audio files released on iTunes, Spotify and Audible, you can learn and broaden your mind to people from different industries and stories in less than 20 minutes a day!
3. Prepare for Monday on Friday. If you need to complete unpleasant tasks, do them as soon as possible. It may seem overwhelming with a large pile of unfinished work from Friday, so reorganise your workload complete more enjoyable tasks first and progressively move onto tougher tasks.
4. Pomodoro technique! If you feel like you’re working non-stop throughout the day, try the Pomodoro technique of working 25 minutes, and resting 5 minutes. By doing this, you’ll have the opportunity to go for a quick walk and grab a quick coffee. You’ll feel much more prepared to continue your work, and you might be able to solve the problem that’s been wracking your brain!
5. SLEEP! A good night’s sleep on Sunday will greatly improve your mood for the week. You’ll feel more prepared and you’ll be able to wake up, get ready, eat breakfast and arrive at the office on time!
6. Help others in your office. Gary Vaynerchuk’s 51/49 rule, where you give at least 51% of the value in your relationship with others. No matter what relationship you have, always give more value than you get. This makes you feel good, and the value will return to you too.
7. Schedule some fun midweek! Don’t leave all the fun for the weekend, take a little break during the week. You can organise a dinner, drinks or movie with friends. Socialising can help to re-energise you and give you something to look forward to in 2-3 days rather than 5 days.
8. Do one thing at a time. Sometimes we think we can multitask but we really can’t. A Russian proverb comes to mind: If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. This highlights our failure to commit to focus on one action, and helps to visualise the pitfalls of trying to do too many things at once. So, choose one thing, focus, complete and move on to the next thing.
9. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to set up a table to prioritise urgent and important tasks first, and not important and not urgent tasks. These will help you prioritise and maximise use of time to complete necessary tasks first.
10. Meal prep the night before for the whole week. We spend so much time shopping, cooking and cleaning. Make life easier by cooking a large batch of food for a few days for lunch. This allows you to save money for the holiday you’ve been saving for and eat healthy. What you put into your body will affect how you work for the day. Feeding your body the right foods will allow you to stay alert for the whole day. Eat mindfully by eating slowly and digesting your food, appreciate it, and don’t be side-tracked by your computer or phone.