We all know that person who lives for the weekend. They celebrate Friday a little too much (every week) and complain about Monday too much (every week). We all have weeks “like that” sometimes. But if you are like that every week, you really might want to change jobs. It shouldn’t be like that every week. This post is for for the rest of us. Everybody has that “Monday feeling” every once in a while. You had a nice weekend and you just want one more day. We all get it. But Monday is here…so we might as well make the most of it. So here are some tips on making the most of your Monday. Drink Water: What? You might be thinking “I need coffee on Monday!” I get that…I do too. But if you are like most of us, we spend our lives a bit under-hydrated. Add to this that you might have had too much fun, or worked outside too much this weekend and you might really need some H2O. Being fully hydrated will help you feel better…and that helps you get your week off on the right foot every time. Go For a Walk: Whether it’s on the treadmill or outside, getting your blood flowing will help you stimulate your body and brain. That exercise will also help you deal with the stress of everyone else dealing with their own Monday. Gratitude Exercise: While you are walking, spend some time thinking about what you are thankful for. Spending the time at the beginning of the week being grateful will shape your mindset for the week. Take it a step further and send out some thank you’s to people who helped you last week. Meditate: This is a very new exercise for me, but it’s been really powerful. If you are like me, and don’t know where to start, try the app Headspace. It’s guided meditation to get you started. Either way, it helps to get your mind get right to take on the week. Create Time to Laugh: Sometimes Monday can be stressful, so if you are a leader, try to build in time on Monday for the team to laugh. Is that a funny video? Funny article? Whatever. Just give you and your team time to break up the work day with some chuckles. Focus On One Big Thing: It’s really easy on Monday to get overwhelmed with minutia. There are lots of things to get done. But in order to keep it in perspective, set one big thing at the beginning of the day that you want to knock off the list. This will help you focus on the “big things” during the day and not get lost in the weeds. Bonus: Stop Complaining! Yes…it’s Monday. But stop complaining. It’s Monday for everyone. By complaining we push out negative into the world and create a non-productive noise loop in our brain. In addition, do you know who is attracted to complainers? That’s right…other complainers. So knock it off and get ready to attract a better week!
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