For many, Monday is the most difficult day of the week. After a relaxing weekend, you are suddenly back into the grind of your school week. You feel more tired and groggy, perhaps even cranky. What's worse is that Monday sets the tone for the rest of your week. If you have a bad day on Monday, it can be challenging to recover as you play catch up until the weekend. Here are five ways to kick those bad Mondays and start conquering the toughest day of the week!
1) Natural Energy - Loading up on coffee and sugar is not the answer to staying energized on a Monday. Produce natural energy to get your day started off right. A morning walk/jog is great, as is an exercise program! Eat a healthy breakfast with fresh fruits. It is better to wake up earlier and have time to get your energy up, rather than waiting until the last possible minute to wake up and rush out of the door haphazardly. Make a morning meal and exercise a non-negotiable!
2) Monitor your goals - You probably have some big goals that you are striving towards. Every Monday, evaluate your progress towards reaching them. Decide on a plan of action that will allow you to move at least one step closer to reaching your goal. If you start your week with a clear vision, you will have a more productive week!
3) Accountability - Have a friend group that will keep you in check. Let them know what you plan on accomplishing this week and make sure they check in and hold you accountable to following through. Mondays are great days for study groups, as you can start the week by getting ahead on your work!
4) Self-motivate - Dedicate at least 10 minutes every Monday on motivating yourself. Look at inspirational quotes, save Youtube videos or Ted talks that encourage you, send messages of gratitude to your friends, family, and teachers. There are many ways to increase your motivation, so find what works for you and intentionally practice working on your motivation.
5) Make weekends consistent - Mondays are incredibly difficult if you had a completely different weekend schedule. If you wake up at 5:00 A.M. every school day, and sleep in until noon all weekend long, of course Monday will be a struggle! While it's okay to take a breather on the weekend and be more relaxed, you want your habits and routines to be as consistent as possible. The more consistent you are, the easier your transition to the school week will be.
Now go out and crush it this Monday, and every Monday that follows!!!