Let’s face it. Not everyone wakes up on Monday morning, energised and ready for an amazing week ahead at work. We wish it weren’t true, so we’ve come up with our top 10 ideas for starting the week with a BANG! What would you add to get your week off to a great start?
- Get organised on Sunday.
Taking a few minutes to get organised at your own pace on Sunday can help Monday feel that bit more manageable. Decide what you’re going to wear, or check that your uniform is washed and dried, get lunch ready and pack anything else you need for the day.
- Breathe and stretch.
When your Monday morning alarm goes off, don’t just jump straight out of bed, or straight onto Facebook. A few long, deep breaths and a decent stretch will help your body to wake up and feel ready for the day ahead.
- The attitude of gratitude.
A morning ritual of finding and acknowledging at least three things you’re grateful for can help you to create a new mindset, meaning Monday’s might become amazing for you. Gratitude is often associated with increased happiness; it’s a simple habit that can reform how you see each day.
- Take time to savour breakfast.
As ‘they’ say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Taking the time to sit down, taste and enjoy your breakfast will aid digestion. Plus, stopping to eat removes some of the rushing feeling from the day, which inevitably results in missing or forgetting something important on your way out the door.
- Find time for exercise.
There are many benefits to exercise, both mentally and physically. By adding exercise to your morning routine, you’re also removing the excuses that come up throughout a day for why you can’t exercise later in the day. Generally, that you’ve run out of time. It might mean waking up earlier, but your body will thank you for it.
- Dance to the music.
If you really struggle to get going on Monday morning, put on some of your favourite tunes and get moving! It’s hard to say unmotivated when your favourite songs are playing. In no time, you’ll be up and moving, ready to start the day.
- Get clear on the week’s objectives.
When you arrive at work, getting clear on your objectives for the day and week can help you to be more productive. Allocating and completing tasks are more easily managed when you’re clear on what you need to achieve.
- React less.
Once you’ve set your objectives for the week, work on spending less of your Monday reacting to other demands. Although, for instance, responding to emails can be important, some days, especially Mondays, it can be all you do for the day if you’re not careful. If you can, batch this reactionary work into blocks, of say, an hour in the morning, an hour in the middle of the day, and again before leaving work. Then the remainder of the time can be used to complete the proactive tasks.
- Connect with someone.
Mondays are great for connecting with your team. Plus, building relationships with colleagues is a great reason to look forward to getting back into the working week.
- If all else fails, there’s always coffee.
Some Mondays will be easier than others. We hope that by implementing these tips, you’ll be more energised to start your week with a bang, but if not, there’s always coffee to get you through!
If you’re dreading Mondays, have a chat to our team about how we can help manage your workforce needs, whether that be in recruitment, HR, payroll or safety. It can free you up to focus on more of the things you love in your business.