Productivity

How To Get Over The Monday Blues

Mondays are painful. I don’t hate them as much anymore because I work from home but Mondays are still the worst day of the week. You can’t sleep in on Monday, you can’t have treats on Monday and you definitely can’t skip the gym Monday. Monday expects so much more from you than other days. I always feel like I need to be the very best version of myself on Monday or otherwise, I’ll just ruin the week. Do you know what I mean? It’s like Monday is the boss of the rest of the days and if you don’t respect Monday, it tells all its mates you were a dick and then all the other days suck too.

Monday blues

Here’s how I beat the Monday blues…

1. Get plenty of sleep on Sunday night

Even if you’re not tired, have a slow and peaceful journey to bed. Have a cup of tea, read a book, cleanse your face, grab a hot water bottle (if it’s cold) and mindfully switch off for the night. You don’t have to go to sleep straight away but just be in bed, with a book and your phone very far away from you so you start the week well rested.

Here are some sleep articles that might help you if you struggle to get proper shut-eye

How To Sleep Like a Baby 

5 Proven Tips To Help You Fall Asleep

3 Weird Little Tricks To Help You Fall Asleep

9 Things To Try When You’re Having Trouble Sleeping 

2. Write a Can Do List on Sunday

I write a ‘Can Do’ list on Sunday. It’s more positive than a ‘To Do’ isn’t it? You want to complete the items in the first list but you have to complete the items in the second. It’s a nice little mind trick. I like it a lot.

Here’s a few list writing posts that will get you more excited than a stationery addict at Kikki K on pay day…

3 Reasons Why Your To Do List Never Gets Done 

The 5 Top Rules of Writing a Kick Ass To Do List 

5 To-do List Apps You Should Download Immediately 

9 Not So Easy Productivity Improvement Ideas 

5 Things Productivity Masters Do Every Day 

3. Exercise in the morning to create a good habit for the week

I know I say this constantly but exercise is the bees knees. It increases productivity, helps you live longer, improves your energy and your mood and keeps your body in tip top shape while also preventing aches and pains. If I don’t exercise in the morning, I’m practically guaraneteed to have a bad day.

Here are a few articles that will help get your butt to the gym/bootcamp/outside for a walk…

Why You Can’t Stick To An Exercise Program 

5 Super Quick Workouts For Super Busy People 

How To Grab This Morning and Make It Yours 

4. Be grateful

If I don’t feel like sitting at my desk and working I always think how grateful I am to work from home, in an industry I love. It’s important to remind myself that I’m being a spoiled little shit by complaining about it. Usually fixes me right up! If you’re struggling with Monday just think about all the things you’re grateful for. A steady job that pays the bills, a comfortable home, food in the fridge, a happy, healthy family. A boring job is better than no job so try to remember that when you’ve got the Monday morning grumps.

5. Eat your frogs 

If there’s something I don’t want to do, I do it first thing on Monday morning. Monday morning productivity is precious and should be spent very wisely. Monday morning is not for answering emails – you don’t need to be super sharp and on the ball for that so save that for the afternoon when you’re really in struggle town.

Do you struggle with the Monday blues?

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4 Comments

  1. KezUnprepared 4 weeks ago

    I think completely differently about Mondays since I’ve delved into the SAHM life on and off. Mondays with a baby or toddler are my recovery days and a nice quiet bonding time – just the two of us – if that’s what we want or need! The rest of the week is then wonderfully productive (as much as it can be) because we had that time! I feel lucky to be able to do Mondays that way at the moment (in saying that I’m still quite busy because baby but it’s a different kind of productive – not so high energy). It’s really helped me to not hate Mondays so much.

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      Carly Jacobs 2 weeks ago

      Honestly, I don’t hate them much now I work for myself and I never schedule client work on Mondays. They’re Smaggle, writing and admin days.

  2. Missy D 4 weeks ago

    Haha, I actually hate Tuesdays more than Mondays. But today wasn’t great after having a week off, took me an hour to get through the email backlog. -_-

    • Author
      Carly Jacobs 2 weeks ago

      Actually true, Tuesdays can be brutal. Once the sheen of the new week has worn off. 🙂

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