Nothing like a little blood and cursing in the morning, right?
I’ve never had a problem with Mondays. Sure, it’s the start of the week, but it’s just another day, right? Except lately, something has changed…and suddenly, all of those angry memes make sense. Last week I left my phone AND computer charger at home…seriously now?
So in an effort to get my Monday’s back from whatever evil being has inhabited them, I’m putting on my ninja outfit (does anyone have a black cat suit I can borrow?) and doing some brainstorming.
Put Sunday to Work
By getting your to-do list completed over the weekend, you can go into the workweek with a clear head and a clear plate. One of my problems is that I don’t have class until 12:30 on Monday mornings and even though I intern in the morning, my internship is really relaxed. I frequently find myself saying “Oh, I can just get that done in the morning”….like this blog post and the abstract I just hammered out for class. It starts my week automatically behind and contributes to that Monday dread!
Dress for Success
A Monday in sweatpants or yoga pants sounds comfy in theory, but it doesn’t help with that transition from bed to real world. Instead, plan your outfit the night before (to avoid this conundrum) and make sure it’s something that makes you feel ready to take on the world. Wear a nice dress to the office or your favorite jeans and sweater combo to class; do your hair and put on makeup. There’s something about looking awake that helps you actually feel awake.
Make a Little Extra
Start with a big breakfast and an even bigger cup of coffee….but make it yourself! Don’t get sucked into the flashing Dunkin’ Donuts sign or the allure of that green mermaid. As long as you do your grocery shopping over the weekend (see Put Sunday to Work), you should have a full fridge of groceries. Save your money and the extra grease – you’ll stay awake feeling for longer and hopefully won’t get hit with that mid afternoon slump!
Get Up Earlier on Saturday
But Chelsea, I stayed out until 2 AM on Friday! Don’t I deserve to sleep in as long as I want? It’s the weekend!
Nope. You’re an adult now and that means circadian rhythms finally mean something. Adulthood is fun isn’t it? Sleeping in until 12 on Saturday morning means it is going to pretty hard to fall asleep at 10 on Sunday night…and a Monday morning after a night of tossing and turning is a hell that no one needs in their life. Set an alarm for 8 or 9 on the weekend. Your adulthood plaque is in the mail.
Side note…my ninja outfit is more like jeans and chambray this morning. No one is perfect, right?
Happy Monday, y’all.