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It’s Monday. The start of the work week, the end of a glorious weekend, a day which millions loath and despise. It’s either a day to catch up or fall behind. We’ve been talking a lot about productivity on the blog lately and it seems only right to take a look at a day that strikes fear into everyone, while at the same time setting the tone for your entire work week.
According to a survey published by Oddee.com, 50% of people are late to work on Monday and only manage about 3.5 hours of productive work. So, how do we beat the Monday drag? Here are a few helpful hints to get you off to a better start:
1. Monday To-Do’s: On Friday, before you head home for the week, make a list of things to do on Monday. Write it on a Post-it, put it in a day planner, but make a list of things that need to get done first thing Monday- important, prioritized items that will jump-start your week.
2. Rest: Actually relax and rest on Sunday. Unwind a couple of hours before bed and get to bed on time. This will ensure that you are well-rested and ready for Monday. Nothing is worse than being extremely tired on the first day of the week.
3. Eat a balanced meal: This is a no-brainer. After splurging all weekend on less than stellar food choices, Monday is a great day to get back to healthy habits. Pack or pick something with lots of protein and greens.
4. Schedule an activity or event: Yep. Schedule a lunch or coffee date, a massage, hair cut or a dinner with friends. Having something fun to look forward to on a Monday can go a long way in keeping you motivated after the weekend.
5. Rather, Rinse, Repeat: Make this a weekly habit. Start utilizing your Monday, make it work for you. The more you use your Monday, the less you have to use your Friday and then you can ease into a stress-free weekend.
It’s also a good idea to keep a positive attitude about Monday. Find yourself a Monday Mantra. Set that alarm, get up, and take back your Monday… good luck!