Even if you love your job, very few of us love that Monday morning alarm buzz from our phones. Suddenly, we’re jolted from our last blissful weekend slumber into just another manic Monday, and that’s a rough adjustment for anyone to cope with.
But what you do on Monday sets the tone for the rest of the week ahead, so we’ve got plenty of easy tips for you to try on Monday that’ll guarantee the rest of your week will be smooth sailing.
We totally get how chaotic things can get from the moment your eyes open on Monday morning, but doing these things will help ensure your whole week runs as easily as possible (which, if we’re being realistic, might still be a hot mess because that’s just life).
1Don’t hit snooze.
If that sounds totally bonkers, hear us out: Starting your day a few minutes earlier on Mondays will actually help you be less stressed overall. Allow us to explain…
2Start the day with a few deep breaths.
Here’s a better idea: Start your Monday with a few meaningful deep breaths, or even a quick meditation session. It only takes a few minutes but will make you feel infinitely less stressed and ready to tackle the day ahead.
3Eat a healthy, filling breakfast.
It might be tempting to skip breakfast (especially if you feel like you’re still gestating a massive food baby from the weekend!), but you’ll be zapped for energy and starving before your mid-morning staff meeting. You should really never skip breakfast, but it’s especially bad to do so at the start of the week. Make yourself a quick omelette or an easy, delicious smoothie. No matter what you choose, make sure it’s substantial enough to fill you until lunchtime.
4Work it out.
5Plan outfits in advance.
If you’ve ever had that panic-inducing moment where you literally cannot find anything to wear despite the dozens of blouses and pants you own, we’re officially making the case for picking out your outfits for the week on Monday morning. It might seem super time-consuming, but having your outfits laid out will save you so much time in the days ahead, putting one less thing on your plate during the other morning rushes.
Take a quick look at the forecast and at least lay out a few viable options, giving yourself less to think about in the coming days and setting the tone for a stylish work week ahead.
6Leave extra time for your commute.
7Clean your desk area.
When you’re getting into the office on Monday, it’s always tempting to sit down and begin churning out emails immediately. But you should take a few minutes to clean off your desktop and organize your workspace.
Here’s why: Taking just five minutes to clean your space will help keep you be organized for the rest of the week, and you’ll feel so much better when you can easily find that budget sheet from two weeks ago or the sticky note with instructions your boss left you. You should also take the time to sanitize your space, wiping down your keyboard, monitor, phone, and anything else that you touch on a regular basis. It’ll help keep you from getting sick, especially if you share your space with coworkers.
8Create a to-do list.
This might seem like the most obvious tip, but it’s also the most helpful. If you create a to-do list for the week ahead, you can organize your tasks based on priority and be able to visualize exactly what’s on your plate. It will help keep you focused and organized. Besides, who doesn’t love the satisfaction of being able to cross something off the list once it’s done? It is the best feeling.