Mondays are hard. Mondays, after a weekend full of celebrating and ignoring responsibilities, are brutal. I promised myself that I would be really productive today. I was supposed to make up for all the work that I didn’t do over the weekend. Instead, I’m suffering from a severe case of the Monday Blues. I have no motivations to do anything and really want to crawl back into bed. In an attempt to efficiently procrastinate, I’ve come up with ways to overcome Monday blues.
Plan out your week
Mondays can be overwhelming. You have to wake up early and get back into the swing of things.Everything seems to need your attention. All the work that you left on Friday hasn’t magically disappeared and you don’t know where to start. Honestly, all you really want to do is go home. To make the start of the week less stressful, I like to write a list of the things I have to do, want to do, and can do if I have time. This makes everything seem more manageable and gives me a starting point. My planner is a godsend. It has spaces for my top priorities, small victories, and a doodling section. It also has a section to put what’s coming up in the following week so that I can mentally prepare and plan accordingly.
Look forward to little things
I’ve spent all day bribing myself to do work. I got to eat sour gummy worms after finishing a particularly boring reading and had a Netflix break after writing 1,000 words of my essay. It might not seem like much but rewarding yourself for finishing tasks is a great strategy. The rewards don’t have to be immediate. You can plan a midweek movie night or go for a nice lunch. Having things to look forward to helps the time pass by. It also is a good way to remind yourself that fun isn’t reserved for the weekend.
In the words of Cristina Yang, sometimes you just need to “dance it out.” Put on some upbeat music and dance to your heart’s content. You might look silly but you can’t be in a bad mood while having a dance party. If you need some inspiration, check out the people who do it best.
Dressing for success is important. I don’t have class on Mondays so I’m always tempted to stay in my PJs all day. While that might work for some people, I’ve discovered that putting minimal effort into my appearance carries over into my work. If I don’t get dressed, I lack the motivation to get anything done. Taking the time to put on nice(ish) clothes and do my hair makes me feel ready for whatever the day is going to throw at me. It also forces me to get up earlier. This obviously isn’t the case for everyone but getting ready for the day can definitely make it better.
Focus on the positive
Negativity breeds negativity. Approaching the day with a positive mindset can make all the difference. I spent most of today focusing on everything that was going wrong, which only made things worse. Nothing could get me out of my awful mood because I refused to be positive. After almost snapping at the people talking outside of my window, I realized that I needed to get myself together. I made a cup of tea and thought about what was going well and what adjustments I could make to improve the day. If your day was anything like mine, I highly recommend taking a minute to breathe and reevaluate what you’re doing. Look for the positive aspects of the day instead of dwelling on the negative ones. Write a list of things that you’re grateful for. Yell and cry if you need to. Get all of the negativity out of your system. Look at the good instead of the bad. Things may not be perfect but they will get better.