The Successful Way To Take On Your Mondays

Just like clockwork, with the passing of time, Monday morning comes around once a week, no matter how much you might will it away. Signalling the end of the weekend and the start of yet another working week, Monday has gained something of a bad reputation over the years and now, it is almost universally disliked. You might begrudgingly accept the fact that Monday will always be that way, bringing you back into reality like a cold slap around the face. What, though, if you could turn around the day altogether? Mondays are the chance for a fresh start on the week, giving you a regular chance to begin over again, to take another shot. It’s all a question of perspective.

Tackling your Monday with poise, style and grace need not be as hard as you had thought. Exasperation and exhaustion might run high at the start of the week but by tweaking a few things as you go, you can make a whole lot more out of your day. Thought that things could only get better from the start of the week? It turns out, they might already be pretty perfect.

Get Ahead Of Time

It’s all in the small details. If you think that things are magically going to fall into place on your Monday morning, you might have a huge surprise waiting for you in the wings. Small details can accumulate over the course of the weekend and unless you get yourself into gear, and fast, you might start to feel overwhelmed with it all come the morning. It’s all about giving yourself the time to adjust. If you can, getting prepared on Sunday evening can help you out a huge amount, giving you the time and space to ease into the working week. Doing things like laying out your clothes, preparing your lunch and arranging your suitcase can make all the difference, having you out the door in no time at all. Your week will start off that bit less hectically and you will have the mindspace to get to work.

Switch Your Frame of Mind

Mondays can be downright painful. After a long weekend of relaxing, sleeping in and doing whatever you please, the start of the week can come down on you like a ton of bricks, crippling any sense of motivation you might have mustered up. Mondays and Sundays are a whole world apart and in order to give yourself the best chance of getting going, it pays to switch your mindset. Instead of thinking about Monday as the end of your free time, why not rather think of it as a blank space, or an opportunity to start something afresh? Mondays shouldn’t signify the end of something that you really love and by altering your negative perspective, you can make all the difference.

Keep It Offline

Sleepily reaching for your phone as you’re lying in bed might be something of a morning habit of yours, but it’s probably not doing you any sort of good. Looking at your phone first thing in the morning is a sure fire way to ramp up your stress levels before you’ve even set foot into the office. On a Monday morning, out of any time at all, give yourself a flying chance and keep your headspace firmly offline. Resisting the urge to check your office emails before you begin working might be a very real struggle, but it will have you feeling a whole lot calmer. You don’t need to be in the know, all of the time.

Up Your Nutrition Intake

Prefer to sleep in late rather than getting yourself a good breakfast? You could be making things a great deal harder for yourself down the line. The importance of eating something nutritious and balanced in the morning is evident enough but on a Monday morning, it can make even more of a difference to how you feel. Try looking to protein-rich eggs, porridge or a healthy green smoothie. Your hunger pangs will be kept under wraps and you’ll have the energy to concentrate on your working day. It’s win-win!

Take It Back A Notch

Ever balked at those people who claim to prefer the mornings over any other part of the day? They might not be as bizarre as you had thought. Giving yourself the time and space in which to get going with your day can make the earliest stretches a huge amount more enjoyable and enriching. Getting up earlier to enjoy a healthy breakfast, do a little yoga or even meditate in your room can give you just the headspace you need to adjust to your working pace on a Monday morning. It might take you a little time to get going once more but once you get into the swing of things, there will be no stopping you.

Open Minded: How To Effectively Organize Your Life

Becoming a more organized person is something that most of us might aim to do but actually going ahead with it can often feel a whole lot harder than we imagined. With work commitments, social outings and day to day chores taking up chunks of our time, actually getting down to work and planning out a new project can seem like the last thing on our minds at the end of a long week. In reality, however, getting organized is one of the simplest things that we can do and, once we get to grips with it, is something that can be easily incorporated into everything that we do.

Whether you want to start a new project, tidy up your home or restructure your day to day life, getting organized is a great way to shed light and clarity on a messy situation and after doing so, you might wonder why you didn’t get things in order sooner. Are you ready for a clearer life? It’s time to get your organizational hat on.

Use Your Calendar

While you might be a stickler for using paper diaries and calendars, it is often difficult to remember to take them with you wherever you go and in many cases, the notebooks just end up going unused after a few weeks. Luckily, however, there is another way around the problem; your mobile phone. Using your phone’s diary or calendar to set yourself alerts and plan in upcoming events is a quick and easy way to stay on top of your life and clearly see how you are spending your time. Most phones come with the option of balancing multiple calendars and sharing them amongst different people, so it is very easy to separate your personal, work and social lives with the click of a button. Looking ahead to see what you have planned in makes thinking about the weeks ahead much easier and also gives you the room to plan in time to work on a new project or relax.

Stick It On A Wall

Often, visual prompts can remind us of events or activities long before they take place, making managing future weeks much easier. Attaching a reduced wall calendar to your office or bedroom space can give you a clear idea of the entire year and allow you to mark important dates for the months to come. You can try using a symbol system for recurring events, making looking at each week in a single glance a great way of quickly reminding you what you have coming up down the line.

Make A Tick List

For the organized person, there is no greater pleasure than ticking a “to do” task off a list and once you start taking part, you might find it really helpful in your journey towards structure! While setting yourself giant lists for the week to come can seem daunting, noting down brief points for the day ahead is a great way of staying on top of your tasks and seeing how far you have come during the day. As with the other tips, you can try separating your list into social, work, and personal sections and list down a number of things you want to achieve during the day, or over the course of a week. Listing things according to priority is also a great way of staying on top of your tasks and will ensure that you get the hard things out of the way first. After that, it’s plain sailing!

There’s An App For That

Thank to the rise of technology, there is an app for practically every element of your life, making organizing that much easier. Staying on top of your travel, your shopping list and your social life can all be done in one place and, as you keep your phone with you all the time, it is incredibly easy to see what you have planned or to do wherever you might be. Apps like Citymapper make getting around any place really simple, listing all the travel options and how long it is likely to take you. Bring, on the other hand, makes your weekly shopping list accessible in one place, listing your most recently used items so that you can clearly see what you regularly buy. If you want to keep a note of activities to try in your city, however, Dojo is the perfect app. Listing cafes, exhibitions and all kinds of events in your local city, the app lets you create shared or individual lists, letting you get a hold of everything you have planned.

Write Your Life

We are often hit by so many thoughts throughout the day that by the time it comes to the end of the week, we might have forgotten many of the things we meant to do. Keeping mental notes is all well and good but if you want to ensure that you remember an important idea or thought, then noting it down is a great way to go about it. You can try keeping a small notebook in your handbag or even use the memo app on your phone to stay on top of things. Knowing that important things have already been noted down will keep your mind clear and make working on the present task much more simple.