That dreaded feeling, the weekend has been and gone and suddenly its 9:00pm on a Sunday. You can’t even remember what you did on Friday, and all you can think about is what you have to do when you get to your desk tomorrow at 8:30am sharpish. Sound familiar? Thought so.
It sounds simple but honestly it really helps. Many people can’t help but fall into ‘weekend’ mode on a Friday afternoon and for those people it can be all too easy to put off any non-urgent stuff until after the weekend, but if you just keep your productivity going and clear up as much of your workload as possible on Friday then you’ll be a lot less stressed on Monday morning. Your to-do list will be shorter (yipee) and you’ll have a few less things to worry about. Maybe use that extra time to make yourself a cup of strong coffee to keep you going?Recognise that it’s just Monday Blues
When you’re in the midst of a downer it can be hard to see clearly, what I’m trying to say is don’t jump to conclusions about why you feel this way – it’s just first thing on a Monday and everything will be OK! If you’re anything like me you’ll contemplate life all morning and by early afternoon you’ll suddenly realise you feel fine again. Don’t over-analyse.
Lists are your friend
Yes, you read that right. I’m a bit of a list nerd but they really do help me to stay focused and I know plenty of other people that swear by them too. As soon as you get to your desk on Monday start reflecting on the previous week to refresh your mind, and then begin writing a list of all tasks you need to take care of by the end of the day. Having a daily to-do list rather than a weekly one is a lot more manageable and is much more likely to keep you motivated and engaged.
It’s easy to spend the whole of Monday morning putting things off and thinking ‘I’ll deal with that email when I feel a bit better’ but it’s the worst thing you can do. Coming from experience, the best way to handle Monday Blues is to tackle the day head on. Make that call you really don’t feel up to making, speak to your colleague about that project that you’re dreading, whatever it is – just do it! The sooner you crack on the better because it will take your mind off your mood whilst simultaneously minimising your workload. Win-win.
Get to bed early on Sunday
It’s been proven that a lack of sleep seriously affects how your operate at work the following day, not to mention how it affects your mood. I know the last thing you want to do is shorten your weekend by going to bed early but just try it, it might make a world of difference.