MoHow Posted By: Dr. MO For most people Monday is the least appreciated day of the week. As a matter of fact it’s a day that is dreaded so much, by so many, that Sunday night is the most restless sleep night of the week and the time when there is a large spike in the occurence of heart attacks among working men.
To counter this unfortunate reality I have begun a movement called TGIM (Thank Goodness It’s Monday). My goal is to help as many people as possible be more relaxed and prepared for Monday, so much so that they will actually look forward to Monday, rather than wishing it didn’t exist. I invite you to join….
In this post I am offering a number of strategies to help you lower your stress, embrace your Mondays, and then begin to say “Thank Goodness It’s Monday“.
Here they are…
Start on the weekend. Many of us go to bed and wake up later on Friday and Saturday because we are not going to work. Because of this different pattern during the weekend, we find it difficult to wake-up on Monday morning. Maintain your wake-up time on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and your Monday morning will be easier.
Prepare Sunday night. Prepare your clothes and set up the breakfast table on Sunday night. If you brought work home, put it back in your briefcase, that way you won’t have to hurry or possibly forget stuff on Monday morning. Review your to-do list for Monday morning.
Early to bed, earlier to go. Go to bed early on Sunday night and wake-up earlier on Monday morning. That way you will be able to relax as you wake-up, get prepared and have your breakfast. Then leave home earlier, beat the traffic and listen to good music during your drive to work. By getting to work early, you can concentrate and get high-priority work done with fewer interruptions before your co-workers arrive.
AmMo. A great way to start your Monday is with my morning email AmMo. It will help you set the tone for your week by helping you get going with tips, videos, stories and motivation that help you transition from sleep to positive momentum.
Enjoy your Monday. Beginning your week with positive momentum will lay the foundation for a great week to look forward to. If you prepare your to-do list on Sunday evening, you can start working as soon as you reach your desk on Monday morning. Choose something small and important to complete at the beginning of the day. Then choose something you enjoy doing. For example, if you like doing research, do that next.
Also, avoid negative interactions with argumentative and difficult people at the beginning of the day. Choose more positive interactions that will be energizing and help you feel good about yourself, your work, and your Monday.
Schedule important stuff for later in the week. If possible, schedule important meetings for the later part of the week. You will feel more relaxed and have the early part of the week to prepare.
Plan some fun for Monday. Schedule lunch with a friend, meeting your spouse at the gym after work, or taking it easy reading or listening to music Monday evening. That way ou will have something to look forward to on Sunday night when you go to sleep and throughout the day on Monday.
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