Thank God is Friday (TGIF), has now become the most popular slogan of most employee. When you hear that statement, some of the things that come to mind would be; those it mean that they are not comfortable with their job, or are they waiting for Friday to come so that they can quickly catch of with friends and social activities or could it be that they just want to relax with their family?
If these could be a possible reason, why then are they still stuck with their current employment rather than tender their resignation?
To some other people they get scared when Fridays are approaching all because they have not meet up to the things they propose for the week.
In essence, it is good to witness another Friday but what I am asking you right now is that, how prepared are you for your Monday morning?
Being happy has a lot to do with how productive you will be at work.
Monday signifies the first working week and it should be treated with utmost attention. How you plan towards your Monday morning will definitely reflect on the success of the other days of the week.
A beautiful well planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday could just be the trigger that you need to shoot into a glamorous Monday morning.
Take off the night mares and wake up to the reality of a brighter Monday by following the steps below for a happy and productive Monday.
- Prepare for Monday on Friday.
“Mondays can be extra stressful from work that has potentially piled up from the previous week and, for many, can be challenging to jump right back in,” Kahn says.
To help combat that Monday morning anxiety, be sure to leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon, Friedman says. “By taking care of the things you least want to handle at the end of one work week, you’re making the start of the next that much better.”
If you do have any unpleasant tasks awaiting your attention Monday morning, get them done as early as possible so that you don’t spend the rest of the day procrastinating or “feeling as if there’s a black cloud hanging over your head,” she says. “Make that uncomfortable phone call, resolve that outstanding issue, or clean up that mess that’s waiting for you. You’ll feel a lot better once it’s over.”
You’ll also want to make sure your calendar is up to date and synched, and you have a good view of and handle on your upcoming work week–especially Monday, says Deborah Shane, a career author, featured writer, speaker, and media and marketing consultant. “What do you need to prepare for and get organized with? Get it done Friday, or by Sunday, if possible.”
- Plan to wake up early by setting alarm for 5 am
They wake up early to make sure that they have plenty of time to complete all of their tasks. Waking up early also ensures that they are not late for any of their scheduled events and they have plenty of time to take care of their personal chores prior to jumping into their work load.
In an interview with Oprah, Michelle Obama shared that she wakes up early to take care of herself before her day starts. “Well, I just started thinking, if I had to get up and go to work, I’d get up and go to work. If I had to get up to take care of my kids, I’d get up and do that. But when it comes to you, then suddenly, ‘Oh, I can’t get up at 4:30.’ So I had to change that.”
We are only allotted so much time in each day; sleeping the day away diminishes your chances of success.
You can also read my article on https://gideonspen.com/2017/11/17/how-to-be-an-early-riser-each-day/
3. Meditate – Start With Just 5 Minutes
Monday morning meditation or prayers are great tools to envision success. It’s important to quiet the mind and let the positive energy in as soon as you wake up. If you start with meditating for 5 minutes and over time increase it to half an hour per session.
Such practices can also answer unanswered questions and lead the way to success.
Oprah meditates two times per day for 20 minutes, and she states, “I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is — still — the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life.” (HuffingtonPost).
- Create room for exercise
Working out gets your circulation going and helps you stay alert, putting you at an advantage for a productive week ahead. “You’ll get your endorphin rush, which will help your mood too.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
On Monday morning, you want to handle everything you have control over. Eating breakfast is one of those things. “You don’t want to be staring at the clock, waiting for lunch time as your stomach growls at morning meetings,” she says.
- Wear something new or dress smart.
Dressing smart has a lot to do with how your Monday goes out to be. It is also a way to communicate effectively at workplace. https://gideonspen.com/2017/11/17/35-ways-to-be-effective-and-communicate-well-at-workplace/
I know you’ve heard that dressing for the role will help you perform better and I hope you believe it.
- Learn to arrive early
Do not succumb to the snooze button. “Commutes are bad on Monday, so beat the odds,” Taylor says. Being early than others will help make your Monday morning seem more like the afternoon because you’ll have had a chance to breathe before responding to the barrage of people and issues. “Being an early bird will give you some wiggle room for the unexpected at work, not to mention any important personal matters that may arise,” she says.
- Make a list of the things you’re excited about.
“We often look at the week ahead of us and think of all the tough stuff we have to do and the difficult tasks ahead of us,” Kjerulf says. “Turn that around. Sunday evening, make a list of three things you look forward to at work that week. This might put you in a more positive mood. If you can’t think of three things you look forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes.”
- For a Happier Monday, Practice Thankfulness
Sloppy puppy kisses, the constant beauty of nature, the taste of coffee, the support of loved ones—these are usually the last things on our mind heading into a hectic week. That’s a shame, since science tells us that gratitude reduces stress.
Even the best planning will go astray. Sometimes all it takes to throw off your whole week is a surprise email or task that hits you on a Monday. That’s why planning isn’t enough for a great Monday, you also need to cultivate gratitude.
“Data abounds showing that happy workers have higher levels of productivity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay.”
The Happiness Advantage details several exercises that will help you become more positive in your thinking. One of the most profound is the Gratitude Exercise.
Every day, write down three things you are grateful for. They can be simple or profound, detailed or just one sentence—it doesn’t make a difference.
The link below shows you that there are several reasons why you need to be grateful for each day.
Once you start gratitude journaling, you’ll have the added benefit of a log of positive experiences that you can read on difficult days and weeks.
- Smile and show thanks.
This also you can read up from the link above, as one of the keys of a productive day.
This is something we should do no matter where we are. Remind yourself of your opportunities and show appreciation to anyone who has helped you get there, including yourself! I like to make fun little cards for my family and friends once a week. Maybe bring in some candy or treats for the people you work with. Get the positive juices flowing and remember, karma is a real thing.
- Greet your team and boss.
This is important to do first thing every morning to keep morale high, but on Monday it’s particularly valuable, as your team needs a special boost. “Ideally, you’ll spend a few extra minutes with your colleagues on Monday mornings. It reinforces a sense of purpose and community for everyone, including you.
- Start with a positive attitude.
So much time and energy is used up by a bad mood. Super productive people don’t like to waste any energy, and they certainly don’t want the week to lag from a bad start. They focus their mind on joyful productivity from the moment their feet hit the ground in the morning. They revel in the euphoria of what they can accomplish. Instead of lamenting going to work, focus on where you truly want to be and what will take you forward.
13. Make your social plans for the week, in advance.
You’re going to do something social this week, so plan that out now–and (as absolutely best as possible) don’t say yes to anything that pops up outside of those plans.
I suggest this because a lot of people let their schedules dictate them, instead of dictating their schedules. And a big mistake people make in terms of time management is leaving huge windows of time open for other people to fill.
- Prioritize your objectives.
If you don’t have clear objectives on Monday, you will find yourself with a short week to get things done. Super productive people assess the entire week so they can manage their resources accordingly. That gives them the ability to meter out the week and adjust as necessary. Make your lists and calendar your time. It will free your mind for the week
15. Attend To Urgent E-mails
Most email accounts are bursting with emails on Monday mornings. Highly successful people have a way of attending to urgent emails in the morning.
Going through a long list of random emails can waste a lot of time first thing in the morning. Tumblr’s David Karp shares, “I used to suck at e-mail. I’d let e-mails pile up, get overwhelmed, and miss important messages; or forget to reply. So I set up filters on my e-mail, and that’s been working pretty well. Now, my inbox gets e-mails only from people in my company and from my girlfriend.” (Inc.com)
You can set up filters in your email account just like David Karp did. Alternatively, you can get an email app for your smart phone. Apps like Boxer, Dispatch, and Hop can help you to quickly go through your email box to separate urgent and non-urgent emails.
- Always remember that there is
“In all the chaos it’s easy to believe that the world will cave if you don’t solve all Monday’s problems on Monday.” “But when the dust settles at the end of the day, you may realize that certain tasks could have waited.” Sometimes you obtain more information over time that enhances your decision-making. Or you may find that certain problems you’re pondering will resolve themselves.
Monday morning can challenge even the most industrious, successful business leaders. “But if you compensate for all the anticipated distraction and intensity by remembering to focus, plan, and stay calm, you won’t relive Monday all over again on Tuesday,”
- Anticipate for challenges
Challenges are an inevitable part of every project and work environment. Monday is a great time to focus on the challenges of the week. Super productive people incorporate room for unknown speed bumps into their plan, so that when the unwanted happens, they don’t get tripped up.
18. Monday morning, get one thing done immediately.
There is nothing more satisfying than feeling like you’re already in the swing of things.
And the easiest way to trigger this feeling is to get something small on your list done. Maybe you’ve been meaning to email someone back for a while–knock that off your plate. Maybe you have been putting off uploading a simple blog post–do that real quickly.
Do something that will get your subconscious in the right mode.
Don’t leave that responsibility up to someone else.
- Learn to say no.
On Monday mornings there will be many distractions — from people, to emails, to calls, meetings, offers for meeting in the break room, and so forth. Successful people can diplomatically and politely say no to colleagues by offering to engage at a later time.
If your boss needs you, that is clearly an exception. However, if you have crucial calls to make or meetings to attend, give your boss the heads-up. “It’s stressful to be a people pleaser, particularly on Monday mornings. Generally, no one ends up being pleased, as you can’t do your best work with conflicting priorities.”