How to have a productive Monday
Monday is usually the most dreaded day of the week… (followed closely by Sunday… but only because it means Monday is coming again!). Mondays don’t have to have such negative connotations associated with it! They can be just as good and productive as other days and here are a few ways on how you can achieve that:
Sundays save Mondays
In other words… Make your Mondays easier! Use Sundays to prep for Mondays and cause yourself less hassle on Monday mornings.
This means, on Sunday, do the following:
Check the weather and plan what to wear on Monday accordingly (precious time is often spent in the mornings deciding what to wear!)
Get your gym bag ready/ lay out your gym clothes! (Then you don’t have any excuse for not getting in some exercise, because all your clothes will already be ready) – you also are likely to feel more guilty actively avoiding the pre-prepared gym clothes and necessities
Prep your breakfast and lunch, so you’re not running around in the morning deciding what to eat
And most importantly… plan for Monday, as well as the week! To-do lists should be your best friends. If not for anything else than the satisfaction you get from checking items off a to-do list
You might want to hit that snooze button… but don’t.
You’ll make yourself more drowsy and unwilling to leave your bed. Bite the bullet and just GET UP when the alarm goes off. Think of all the extra time you’ll get from waking up on time or earlier than usual!
Waking up early ensures you don’t miss and aren’t late for any scheduled events, and it gives you plenty of time to complete personal chores and even hobbies!
We only have 24 hours a day… don’t diminish your potential by sleeping the day away!
Read a book
Take advantage of the hours when everyone else is sleeping – you’ll most likely be most productive during these hours, as there are fewest distractions.
Read a book – even if it’s just for half an hour, as making this a daily habit will prove to be highly beneficial.
Here are a couple of our favourites:
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Enough excuses. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym membership, you don’t need masses of equipment, and you do have enough time. You don’t have to get an hour-long workout in every morning. You just need something to get your blood pumping and spirits up on a Monday morning (and any other day of the week, for that matter). Exercising helps our bodies oxygenate and wake up, making it the perfect pay to get ready for a day. Exercise not only physically benefits us, but it also helps to keep our minds sharp.
If you don’t have a gym membership, and no equipment at home – that’s fine! All you need is your body and some space to complete some bodyweight exercises, and with the correct type of activities – you can complete a good workout in just 20 minutes.
Fuel your body!
All of the above is useless if you’re not going to give your body the proper fuel it needs to keep going throughout the day.
Healthy food helps our mind and body prepare for the day.
Eat foods that are high in fibre, high in protein and hydrate adequately! Don’t underestimate the importance of hydration in the mornings!
Let us know in the comment section below what works for you!
Not only will doing all of the above make your Mondays more productive and enjoyable, but following this on a daily basis ensure that your whole week is productive and your spirits are kept high!