8 Ways to Kick-Ass Your Mondays

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How many of us suffer from Mondayitis?

*wildly waves my hand*

I used to really hate Mondays. Weekends were fabulous but come Sunday evening, I would have that dreaded feeling in my stomach because I knew come Monday, it’s back to work and the weekly grind would start all over again. Even though I’m working from home, it doesn’t mean I don’t feel the dreaded Mondayitis.

It took me a very long time to start to slowly break away from the shackles of Mondayitis. I’m relieved to say that while I haven’t gotten rid of feeling like poo on Mondays altogether, it’s really not so bad anymore. It took some planning on my part and a bit of work on Sundays but once I got those down to a T, Mondays started to flow much better for me, which meant that the days that follow continued more smoothly.

The problem with me is that if my Mondays are horrid, the days that follow usually aren’t much better. But if my Mondays are good, high chances are that my Tuesdays, Wednesdays and so on would be good.

Call it psychological mumbo-jumbo but that’s how I function. Believe it or not, Mondays are my most productive days now and it’s when I get most of my work done.

Your Mondays don’t have to suck. You too can be get your productivity juices kickstarted on Monday without feeling as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years, from when I was still working in the corporate world and now that I’m working from home. Get your pen and paper ready and let’s get started. No, really, you will need a pen and paper for this exercise, which will hopefully turn into a routine and end up kicking Mondayitis in the butt.

8 Ways to Kick-Ass Your Mondays

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1. Take note of critical meetings, to-dos, etc for Monday

Are there any important things you need to do on the week commencing Monday or on Monday itself? Take note of those the week before and prepare for them. Don’t wait to the last minute and only do it on Monday.

2. Do your Friday notes

This is a tip I picked up from CoSchedule. Every Friday evening, when I’m done with my work, I’ll record what I’ve done for the week. I don’t write thorough notes nor are they written in proper sentences. I simply do a quick record of the important and critical items I’ve accomplished (or haven’t accomplished) during the week. It seems like a lot of work but once you get used to it, it will make your Mondays start a whole lot quicker. Call it your weekly brain dump, if you will.

3. Review your Friday notes on Sunday

On Sunday evening, review your Friday notes and take note of what hasn’t been accomplished and what needs to be done on the week commencing Monday. Here’s when I start to get all checklist-y on you.

4. Prepare your to-do list for Monday on Sunday

Don’t make your to-do list on Monday morning itself. Start the day with a purpose; know what you need to do beforehand. This is a good way for you to get started quickly instead of dilly-dallying trying to figure out what it is you need to do. Review your Friday notes on Sunday and get started on that Monday to-do list.

Every evening, I’ll write my to-do list for Monday (in fact, I do this every evening for next day’s to-dos). This has not only increased my productivity tenfold, it makes distractions when working from home far easier to deal with.

5. Prepare your work outfit on Sunday

If possible, plan your entire week’s worth of outfits, down to your makeup, accessories and shoes. If that’s not possible, then at least prepare your Monday’s work outfit the day before. Come Monday morning, you don’t have to faff around and think about what the heck it is that you’re going to wear. As for makeup, prepare what you want to use for the next day in a small tray or box and put it on your vanity area. This way, you won’t be irritated with non-working eyeliners, dried mascaras, etc. You and I know that shit CAN happen.

6. Prepare your breakfast beforehand on Sunday

With the Monday morning rush, a lot of us usually cannot be arsed to eat breakfast because the thought of preparing it while getting everything else ready seems like such a waste of time. It’s time to change that. Breakfast is your starting fuel for the day; when you have no fuel, your brain and body cannot function to its fullest extent. There are plenty of breakfast foods that you can prepare the evening before. If you like breakfast smoothies or green juices, blend them the day before and put them in an airtight container.

If you commute to work via bus/train, bring that smoothie/juice with you and have them on the way to work. You can also soak rolled oats the night before for a delicious oaty breakfast the next morning. Pinterest has heaps of recipes and ideas for this so do check it out.

7. Leave earlier for work

If possible, leave earlier for work. If your workplace has flexible working hours, this could also mean that you could be able to leave work earlier. There’s usually less traffic on the road when you leave earlier to avoid rush hour.

Back in the day when I was still working in an office, I’d arrive at work an hour before working hours officially started. Traffic was smooth, there were less idiots on the road to annoy me and I was able to get my act together in my own time before starting work. There weren’t any flexible working hours then and even though I couldn’t leave work earlier, that early me-time was important to get my day started right.

8. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked in by the negativity of Mondayitis

I can guarantee you this: you will not be the only person at the office who’s groaning about Mondays. Your colleagues will feel it too and chances are, they’ll moan to you about it. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into that negativity and certainly don’t join in the whinging. Instead, ask him/her what they did during the weekend or maybe ask a question about work. It might seem like you’re building a camaraderie with your colleagues by getting together to complain about Mondays but really, that isn’t going to help either one of you.

With just a little extra work, our life does not have to suck and our Mondays can be fine too. My life definitely doesn’t suck but when my Mondays do, then I know that there’s something I need to do about it. You can do something about it too.

This is still a learning process for me and I believe it will be one for the rest of my life. There will be times when I fall off the wagon and start whinging about Mondays (look out Twitter!), so this post will also serve as a reminder to me to stop moaning about Mondays.

After all, it’s just a day like any other.

Do you suffer from Mondayitis? What do you do to kick that in the nuts?

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14 comments… add one
  1. LeGeeque

    1. Wear a bright lipstick
    2. Wear shoes with a flash of red on the soles
    3. Give Coco an extra hug and kiss before leaving
    4. Mentally chant,”Monday, if you f*** me up, watch how hard I f*** you back.”

    Now, where’s that coffee? 😛

    1. Tine


  2. Paris B

    Ok I’ll say this up front. I don’t hate Mondays. No, I really don’t. I actually look forward to the week at work (well not because I love my work that much, but it gives me a purpose) and it’s the same way I look forward to lounging around on my couch on the weekend like a lizard basking in the sun 😀 Yin & Yang.
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    1. Tine

      You are definitely in the minority. No, wait, minority of the minority! 😛
      That’s a very good thing! Even though you said you don’t love your work that much, you still gotta love it quite a lot to look forward to it when the week starts again. Again, another good thing. I don’t hate Mondays anymore because like you, it gives me a purpose and I love kicking-ass on Mondays. And then I’ll tank after Wednesday. KAkaka!

  3. MonicaP

    Psychologically .. My pea brain still gets a little flustered on Sunday evening because of Monday, but I have to remember that I no longer have an office job and I can chill 😉

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    1. Tine

      Hehehe now that’s something to look forward to! 😉

  4. Shamim de Varax

    I’ve moved to Dubai and we start work on Sundays and end on Thursdays. It’s actually solved the whole mondayitis this because it feels like weekend comes earlier and going to work on sunday doesn’t actually feel too bad. weird huh?
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    1. Tine

      Oooh how interesting! That really does solve the issue of mondayitis because it does feel as though the weekend comes earlier. 🙂

  5. Rebecca B. Bird

    #4 is something I started doing this past year and it really does reduce stress. I don’t suffer from full-on Mondayitis, but it can be a bit overwhelming to go from being a total lazybones into go mode. Making a list softens the blow, I guess?
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    1. Tine

      Oh yes I definitely agree. I feel the same too, going from total lazybones on Sunday to worker-boss mode on Monday. When I start with my to-do list for Monday on Sunday, it doesn’t really make Sundays feel like work but it prepares me for Monday.

  6. Cecilia Wong

    I wear red on Mondays. I read it somewhere on an article about how colour affects our mood. Try it.

    1. Tine

      Excellent idea Cecilia! Drab colours do affect our mood. Black and grey, not a good combo for Mondays 😛

  7. Michelle

    I’m also one of those rare people that love Mondays mainly because it’s the only day I feel refreshed due to having the weekend off beforehand.
    I’m also a freak when it comes to making lists and I’ve always used Mondays to list all the work I want or need to achieve for the rest of the week on my weekly planner so then I feel organised and accomplished at the end of the week when I see a heap of items ticked off.
    Sadly I usually dread Fridays because they are my catch up day when my son is in daycare and I’m normally fitting in everything I didn’t get to do the rest of the week into this one day so I’m normally exhausted then!
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    1. Tine

      Oooh that’s why I love making checklists too. When all of those items get ticked off, that sense of accomplishment … ahhhhhh! 🙂

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