How to Trick Yourself Into Not Hating Mondays

Real talk: Is anything as universally unpopular as a Monday after a much-deserved—but of course too-brief—weekend? There’s something cruel about this first day of the workweek, all chipper and insistent about forcing you to forfeit your relaxed ways and plunge, head first, back into to-do lists and emails awaiting reply. The sweet memories of a weekend well spent slowly fade as your stress levels spike over looming deadlines and important meetings. Yes—Mondays are unpopular, but to paraphrase a popular love story, better to have lived it up on the weekend and experienced the dread of Mondays than to have never experienced weekends at all.

So how do you make this notoriously unpopular—and frightfully regular—day of the week bearable? We’ve already teased out our best Sunday evening tactics that should help set you off on the right foot and even touched on how to be productive on Mondays, but once that alarm sounds, how can we actually feel enthusiastic—excited even? Not all hope is lost. We've outlined our best hacks to trick ourselves into not hating Mondays.

Start Fresh

The weekend is over. It’s all a bit of a tragedy, but here we are—Monday. The first thing you must do is take all efforts to start this week off fresh, in every manner of the word. Wake up a bit early and take a long shower. Do your hair. Freshen your nail polish. Make your bed and tidy your room before you leave for work. When you get to your desk, make a shiny and new to-do list with long-term projects and things you need to get done on a tighter turnaround.

Ed. note: This story was originally published on July 13, 2015, and has been updated by Gabrielle Savoie.