A productive, happy and effective day is usually achieved by getting up on the right side of the bed in the morning. But after a carefree weekend, the thought of leaving the warm and cosy confines of your bed at the start of the working week is downright depressing.
Here’s what to do if you’re battling the Monday blues:
Tidy up loose ends on a Friday
If you finish as many tasks as possible before the weekend, you will feel much better going into Monday morning with a fresh start.
Clean your workspace
Don’t start the working week with remnants of last week’s work. Clear away your coffee cups and file your paperwork in appropriate folders so you’re not scrambling to find important documents on a Monday morning.
Create a to-do-list
On Friday afternoon, create a list of tasks to accomplish during the week ahead. By being organised, you will feel better on Monday if you know exactly what you’re up for.
Sundays are for relaxing, not partying
Schedule your social life on Friday nights and Saturdays. Save Sunday for relaxing and winding down after the weekend. Sundays are also a good time for meal prep – make your lunches for the week and prepare as much food as you can to make weekday dinners a breeze.
Be an early-bird
If you sleep in on a Monday, you will only be putting extra pressure on yourself. Rise early, exercise, eat a good breakfast and catch up on the news. Even listening to your favourite tunes on the way to work can lift your mood and help you snap back into the routine of the coming week.
Avoid big jobs on a Monday
Spread major jobs throughout the week. This strategy will reduce any stress and anxiety about the thought of going back to work on a Monday.
Lead by example
If the boss suffers Mondayitis, chances are even the most enthusiastic of staff will succumb to the blues – they’re contagious! Managers need to set an example. View work as an enjoyable experience and convey this impression to staff.