We'd argue that Monday is the toughest day of the week—transitioning from weekend mode to work mode tends to include unique struggles. Regardless, the way you approach the first day of the week can set the tone for the days ahead. "Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," said Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, to Business Insider. "They influence your mindset in a positive or negative way, depending on what actions you decide to take." Read up on how Taylor recommends curating the most successful Monday possible below.
Wake up early
Starting your week on the right foot begins with a restful night's sleep on Sunday. According to Michelle Obama, Tim Cook, and Martha Stewart, you should start your Monday morning anywhere between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. to set yourself up for success. When you're lying in bed on Monday morning pressing the snooze button for the third time, ask yourself, Am I going to feel better or worse when I arrive at the office 20 minutes late?
While you may want to treat your Monday as an extension of your lazy Sunday, heading to the gym before or after work is arguably the best way to set positive intentions for the week ahead. Not only is exercising good for your mental health, but it also gets your circulation flowing and helps you to feel awake and alert. Try recruiting a workout buddy to kick-start your exercise resolutions.
Rather than picking up where you left off on Friday, be sure to double check your Google calendar, to-do list, and planner to make sure you're fully prepared for the week ahead. Taylor also recommends organizing your desk and desktop. "Hopefully you already did this before you left on Friday," she cautions. "But if you didn't, get this out of the way, or you might add to Monday stresses in a sea of disorganization."
Always Keep it Friendly
Many people have a tendency to keep their heads low on Mondays and just get through the day. But Taylor suggests greeting your team and keeping things social to keep morale high (especially on the first day of the week). "Ideally, you'll spend a few extra minutes with your colleagues on Monday mornings. It reinforces a sense of purpose and community for everyone, including you," she adds.
Eat a healthy breakfast
How can you be expected to be productive on a Monday morning without a healthy and well-balanced breakfast? Whether you make the week's breakfasts ahead of time or carve 15 minutes out of your busy schedule to whip something up, filling up before heading to the office is the best way to fuel a busy Monday. Check out a few of our favorite breakfast recipes.
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