My least favorite day of the week is Sunday. This is going back to high school days where Sunday was always fun until about 4 p.m. when my mind started to shift from weekend mode to “Oh oh, it’s almost Monday morning”. That’s when the panic started setting in: Is the next week going to be stressful? Do I have all of my assignments ready? Have I studied for all the subjects that I could be tested on? Usually, that resulted in me absolutely stressing myself out and squeezing in last minute homework. Not exactly the peaceful weekend vibe I was hoping for.
In the workforce, you generally do not have to come back on Monday with your homework done and ready for the next test. In most cases, the line between work-life and home-life is much clearer and you can leave all to do’s at the office on Friday night. However, you still have to be ready to roll once Monday morning starts coming around. In my experience that can lead to a slightly different, but still very realistic feeling of panic.
Over the last few years, I have learned a trick or two, that has helped me to feel more prepared and confident about the fast-approaching start of the upcoming week. In this blog post, I want to share 5 things with you, that will assist you to be absolutely ready for Monday morning.
1 Get all your Ducks in a Row
Even if you can’t wait to get out of the office, there is one thing you should absolutely do before running off into that Friday sunset: Make your to-do list for the following week. I can not stress enough how helpful this step is for your mental well-being. Trust me, I have been the girl that thought “I’ll just go now. Surely I will remember everything on Monday”. Reality is, you most likely will not. So spare yourself the Monday walk of shame and the stress of having to put the pieces together, all before your first meeting, and write that to-do list beforehand.
2 Get your Calendar ready
An already setup calendar on Monday morning will eliminate the element of surprise. Why? Because you already know what you’re going up against that day. Furthermore, by planning the upcoming week on Friday, you will have already played it out once in your head, leaving you feeling much more prepared on Monday. Trust me. So before you jump into the weekend, make sure that your calendar is ready. That means double-checking that you have put all of your meetings down, penciling in deadlines and blocking time for certain assignments.
Side tip: No early-bird meetings
There are a few things you can be sure of on a Monday morning. For one, your email inbox will be waiting for you with all of the messages that have kindly reached you over the course of the weekend. Also, if you’re like me, your mind will need a bit longer that morning to shift from weekend- to hustle-mode. The best thing you can do to get both of these situations in order is to give yourself a couple of hours to sort them out. If you can, don’t schedule any meetings in the first one to two hours of your Monday morning. That way you will have enough time to answer any important emails, flag the ones you will need to deal with later on and update your to-do list with the assignments that came up between Friday night and Monday morning.
3 Declutter and Organize
Monday mornings are great for fresh starts and blank pages. Nothing will dampen your positive spirits more than getting to your desk on Monday and seeing all the old waste dump from the past week. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to clean up your workspace, get rid of piled up documents that you no longer need and declutter your inbox before leaving on Friday night.
I hope these simple tips can help you to absolutely kick ass on Monday morning and be prepared for the week. Let me know if you have any tricks or habits of your own. I would love to hear about them. Let’s chat in the comments.