Monday morning: the inevitable start of the work week you spent all Sunday evening dreading. After a weekend of fun activities, it can be a physical challenge to drag yourself out of bed at 6am knowing the busy day you have ahead.
Sure you’re exhausted, but come Monday you get a clean slate. A new beginning, if you will. For me, Monday is fun. It’s a fresh start– an exciting time to embark on adventures, set new goals for yourself and build the foundation of a successful week.
I’m sure you’re all thinking, “Who the heck is this guy and is he out of his mind?”
Well, maybe. But I prefer to think of it as a fresh perspective.
Here are the 4 things I do to ensure I start the week off right:
1. Set the tone: plan.
Monday morning allows us to plan out the week, prioritize your schedule and decide what you need to accomplish. I am a planner. I have to lay out my whole day, otherwise I am a mess. Planning gives me something to work towards; something to strive for.
2. Break the cycle: think positive.
Most of us are hit with negative thinking in the morning. And believe me – I’m a victim of this too. We find ourselves being grouchy and sluggish thinking about the to-do list sitting on our desk. It’s the idea that come Monday, freedom has slipped away from us as work consumes us until Friday afternoon. And then the cycle starts all over again. This cycle provokes negativity. The mood you create for yourself on Monday morning sets the tone for the rest of the week. Count your blessings and be thankful. There are far worse things than client meetings and conference calls.
3. Early bird gets the worm: create a morning routine.
As the old saying goes, I truly believe that waking up early is the sure sign to a good day. Every morning I wake up at 4:30am to start my daily routine. Over oatmeal and coffee, I use this time to start my morning off right. I stretch to loosen my muscles + warm up my limbs and reflect on the day ahead of me. By 5:30am I am off to my morning workout to empower my mind and strengthen my body. While to most it is quite the opposite, getting out of bed at 4:30am to start my routine is invigorating and I feel thankful for it every day.
4. Get your blood pumping: work it out.
If you really want to feel great and tackle your Monday (or every day for that matter) – exercise. I exercise not only to maintain my physical health, but more importantly my mental health. Sure it’s great to have a nice physique, but working out releases endorphins to relieve stress and clear your mind. After you exercise, you can immediately feel the change in your mood. Starting the day off with this morning high sets the tone for the next 24 hours. It doesn’t even have to be an intense full-body workout; a simple exercise to get your blood pumping and heart rate going is perfect. Every morning I am setting the tone for my day – powerful and motivated – and preparing my mind + body to be the best I can be.
So wake up happy and ready. Even if it’s Monday.