Ok true transparency… I get super anxious Sunday nights because I know Monday is literally right around the corner. I purposefully schedule my Sundays as GFC days- God, Family, Chill! When I feel like my GFC is fading because I have to start packing for my Monday flights… I just start to immediately dread the work week.
This type of attitude is the best way to start your week off wrong! It’s like choosing to walk into the week with self-inflicted negativity. I know I am not alone in that feeling, so what do we do about it? How do we combat a case of the Mondays?
I am working on ending my Sunday with a positive preparation for my Monday. Enjoy and embrace the peace of the weekend, and set myself up for success moving into the work week. In order to do that, I have 3 key action steps that I try to incorporate into my Sunday nights:
- Mindfulness by ending my Sunday with positivity. Instead of partying my way into the week, I am trying to stop and be mindful of what mindset with which I am approaching my week. Am I already starting off the week exhausted because I had one to many mimosas at brunch, or I ended the night in a fight with my other half? Or, am I purposefully being responsible for what I am allowing into my life as I approach the work week. I need to give myself time for true rest, by ending my Sunday night with things that will bring me peace- meditation, prayer, writing, reading, anything that allows my mind to be cleared and ready to take on the week.
- Assess my work plan. Instead of just letting the work week happen to me, on Sunday nights I review my calendar of events for the week. I am purposefully pacing out my work schedule and setting a tentative plan for where to incorporate working out and time for rest. It is not perfect, but it makes the week manageable and not like I am just letting the week happen.
- Reprioritize my action plans for my goals. I have professional and personal goals that I strive towards throughout each year. To accomplish these goals, I need to identify reasonable action steps each week, month, quarter, etc. These goals breathe life into my passion, and if I want to pursue what I love, I have to make sure each week is a step closer to success.
Don’t let Mondays just happen to you… you can control how you set yourself up for success for this week. Be mindful of how you are approaching your week, by being purposeful in how you set yourself up for success as you end the weekend.