Some Mondays I spend the first half the day trying to wake up and the second half trying to accomplish a huge amount of items on my “to do” list. Trouble is that I don’t even know where to start.
I stare at my pink and blue flip flop moose slippers and ask myself, “Where did I go wrong last week? Surely I got something done.” But my “to do” list screams in my inbox that is littered with hundreds of unread emails.
I reach for my chocolate and cradle it in my hands. I fortify myself with a cup of Mt. Dew. I rifle through the bin of summer clothes in the garage looking for my sunglasses. Maybe those seventies rock stars knew what they were talking about.
Yep, I have survived all the Mondays up until today and I will probably survive those to come with the same haphazard way of living. Wow, what a waste! One seventh of my life caught between my pillow, caffeine, and a dose of the whiner bug.
Today I’ve decided it is time to take charge of my Mondays. Don’t worry, I will still cradle my Mt. Dew and stare at my slippers, but only for a predetermined amount of time. I will probably still wake up feeling overwhelmed and sluggish from the weekend, but here is how I’m planning to change my Monday outlook.
How To Survive Monday And Still Make Progress:
*Allow yourself a small bit of Monday slug time. Give yourself a half hour or so to go through the whole I-really-don’t-want-to-get-up-today denial. Get it out of your system, but don’t live there the whole day.
*Start your day with something healthy. Too much sugar will make you lethargic and feeling yucky by lunch time. A brilliant mind requires healthy fuel.
*Do some exercise to get yourself going. Whether you like a swift jog, or prefer housekeeping aerobics get your heart rate up.
*Plan ahead the Friday before by writing a quick easy “to do” list for Monday. Divide this list from morning and afternoon. Select items in the morning that require viewer brain cells. Get your busy work done in the morning so you are fresh in the afternoon for the writing time.
*Cross off list items as you go. Each time you cross something off the list celebrate with a little Monday dance or five minutes of down time.
*Write something. Anything. This keeps your writing mind charged and excited for a new week. It will set the tone for writing accountability.
*Use a timer. Set the timer to work on your list. Maybe you set it for 30 min. to write by, or 30 min. to do social media. Keep your tasks varied enough to avoid drowsiness.