5 Tips to Make Mondays Suck Less

Monday's. They get a bad rap. 

Whether you just can't get out of bed or you literally can't stop drinking coffee during the work day (I would have a coffee IV put in me, if I could), Monday's always seem to arrive with a slew of problems in tow. But today, you can choose to start your week off right and take advantage of 1/5th of your week, instead of letting your sleepy eyes gloss over.

Here are 5 tips for making Monday's more productive and less of a drag!

1. Exercise.

Ok, I know this sounds like torture. But really! If you can just wake up 45 minutes earlier, you could get a quick 30-minute workout in. Try 15 minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of weight lifting. You'll be shocked how much more energy you have during the day. A healthy lifestyle with exercise, hydration, and balanced diet will reflect in the energy and better attitude you bring to the table at work.

2. Prepare the night before.

If waking up on time is the issue, try setting out your clothes and laptop bag the night before and pre-pack your lunch in the fridge. That way, if you happen to hit snooze a few extra times, you can just jump out of bed and cut down on your "getting ready" time. Plus, you won't have to make any decisions about what to eat or wear in the morning, which helps keep your mental capacity at its fullest for the day ahead.

3. Have something FUN on the schedule.

Try scheduling a team meeting with coffee and pastries in the morning and catch up on the weekend before getting into the thick of it. Or maybe you can schedule a networking meeting over lunch? Having something to look forward to on the schedule can really help your mental attitude heading into the day. 

4. Do something productive right away.

Before you tackle the emails piling up in your inbox, complete one task right off the bat. It can be something simple: make your bed before you leave for work or wipe down your desk to make things clean and fresh. Whatever it may be, make sure it's a simple task that you can perform to completion and that you complete it well. For me, I make my bed every morning. Although it's a simple task, it represents a small accomplishment that I know I did well. This sets the tone for my entire day.

5. Create manageable goals for the day.

Make a list of three things that are manageable and that you can check off your list today. Whatever they are, set goals for yourself to complete them. You'll feel more productive and accomplished at the end of the day. Plus, when the afternoon slump hits, you can reference your list to remind yourself that there's something you can be working on!

We hope these tips help you like they help some of us. Especially during busy season, we find a positive attitude and proactive spirit go a long way when there's so much work to get done. 

Have a wonderful, productive Monday!