Do you feel a tremendous lack of motivation on Monday mornings? Do you find it difficult to transition from weekend mode to work mode each week? Well, if so, you’re not alone. This feeling of sluggishness and lethargy that many of us face each week has a name:
The Monday Blues.
If you’re suffering from these Monday Blues week in and week out, I want to offer some suggestions to help turn Monday into a day you actually look forward to and benefit from rather than a day you dread.
After all, let’s face it, Mondays are here to stay, so we might as well learn to OWN them!
1. Get an Early Start.
Getting to the office a few minutes earlier than the rest of the team will allow you to settle in and gather your thoughts before you become distracted by the hustle and bustle of the office. Take these few extra minutes to review important emails, grab some tea or coffee, and get a head start on action items due in the coming week.
2. Plan the Week Ahead
A lot of the Monday Blues comes from the fact that many workers feel a lack of control during their workweeks. We love the weekends, because we get a break from the chaotic atmosphere of the workplace. And then when it’s time to go back to work, it feels as if we are back in the whirlwind.
To gain more control of your workweek, take time on Monday mornings to update yourself on project statuses, review agendas for upcoming meetings, and review your progress from last week.
3. Leave Notes-to-Self on Friday Afternoons
Before you leave the office on Friday, get out a sticky note, and write down the items you need to pick up on Monday while they are still fresh in your mind. This will help reduce the amount of time you spend “spinning your wheels” on Monday morning trying to remember what exactly you were working on last week.
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