Monday…few people love a Monday, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t dislike Monday, but even I’m happy to admit it’s not my favorite day of the week. If you love what you do, you’ll never have a problem with Monday.
I love what I do, and I don’t dread getting up on Monday mornings and getting into my office before everyone else wakes up, but I still don’t love Monday. Mondays mean no one sleeps in because kids have school. It means kids have homework, and it’s carpool time, and practice, and school events, and all the things that go along with being a certain place at a certain time. Mondays are a lot of work even if you love the work you do.
You’ve spent a great weekend resting and having fun, and suddenly you’re up early answering to the call of parenting on a timeline what with bells ringing and homework that’s not doing itself. On that note, there are a few really amazingly beautiful, wonderful, truly lovely things about Monday.
It’s a fresh start.
It’s a new day.
It’s time for the kids to go to school.
You feel me, right? Now you see why I don’t hate a Monday – but why Monday is always Monday and Monday is dumb.
Anyway, I’ve been accused of being a little to chipper on a Monday morning, of being a little too excited about the start of a new week. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with being in a good mood on Monday morning. If you’re struggling to find your Monday motivation, perhaps you’re not doing it right. I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life – go in the exit door, eat cookies for breakfast, and definitely skip the gym if you don’t feel the need to go and just do you – but I am telling you it’s entirely possible to make Mondays a lot better.
Lose Your Attitude
Waking up with a scowl and an eye roll simply because it’s Monday isn’t going to start your day off on the right foot. Lose your attitude about the day and choose to have a good one. Believe me, it works.
The best way to feel good on a Monday morning is to be prepared for Monday. This is super important in Casa Raiford. I like to wake up on Monday morning prepped and ready to go. This means taking a few minutes at the end of my day Friday to update my calendar, get my to-do list ready for Monday, and work a little bit ahead if I have some time. If I can do this, I have a much better Monday morning.
I like to get the kids’ school clothes ready and laid out, we pre-pack and label all their lunch and school items we can in advance, and we make sure everything is ready for Monday. When we wake up with less to do, it’s an easier morning.
Rest on Sunday
We’re not opposed to doing things on Sundays, but we prefer to spend our Sundays prepping for the week by relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel rested or ready for the week if Sunday is spent all crazy and hectic. We go to church, we get brunch, and we do our grocery shopping for the week.
And by for the week, I mean for the rest of the day because Monday I’ll find myself back at the store for something I need, and repeat that process at least three additional times throughout the week. I really need to get on board with that whole list making, meal-planning thing people do. But I’m lazy.
Sunday is a family day for us. 9 times out of 10, we like to spend Sunday at home. We play outside, we take the kids on a golf cart ride around our neighborhood, we cook something amazing, and we put the kids to bed early. When we relax and unwind, sleep in a bit, and just enjoy the simplicity of a slow, lovely day, we feel really good on Monday. I mean, I actually get out of bed right away without an issue or a second thought on Mondays because I’m so rested from a good Sunday.
Plan Something Rewarding
Monday is a lot easier if you have something to look forward to. I love a good meal on a Monday night. It’s the only night we have at home during the week thanks to practices and other obligations, and I look forward to that. We usually do something like filet mignon Monday with our favorite bottle of wine, we save our favorite shows for Monday nights on DVR, and we spend the evening relaxing. The rest of our week is so busy and hectic at night, we need this. It’s our reward.
Sunday afternoon while the twins are napping, I spend a half hour in my office goal setting. I know in advance what articles, web content, pages, and editorial work I do throughout the week. I put each item in my calendar each day, plan the time I’ll write those items throughout the day, and then I set my goals.
For example, I have four articles I write every weekday morning at 6 for one client. I like to have them done and submitted no later than 7 am every morning. Then I like to spend the next hour working on 3 other daily articles I write for another client. I like them finished before I start doing the kids’ hair and getting them loaded into the car at 8. Then it’s drop off, gym, home to shower, and back to my desk by 10:15.
From 10:15 to noon, I work on a specific batch of copy I do each day, then I have lunch with my husband – and by have lunch I mean we both agree we need to stay at our desks so one of us gets up and makes lunch and we eat together at our desks – and I spend the next three and-a-half hours working on client projects that come in during the day or ones I have pre-scheduled for clients. I write at least 20 articles per day for my clients, and I usually goal set by breaking those down into groups of four or five at a time to get them checked off.
When I goal set by writing down what I’ll have done at a certain time each day, I get things done more adequately and more efficiently. It helps my Monday flow.
At the end of the day, a good Monday sets the tone for a good week. When I wake up Monday morning ready to crush my goals for the day, I do the same all week. It’s the best way to work, and it helps I love what I do. It helps that what I do is the same, yet so different, each day. I have a great system, my work is different for each client so it breaks up any monotony, and I’m always learning something new.
I’m challenging you to make Monday count this week. Get up, get to work, and get things done. Try introducing new habits to your morning, Monday or any other day, and see how it helps you conquer what you do and succeed on purpose. It takes the same amount of effort to wake up in a good mood it does to wake up in a bad mood. Why not choose wisely?