Oh the ever so dreaded Monday… For most people the “Sunday scares” hit in and inevitably the alarm buzz on Monday morning has you reaching for the snooze button. Familiar right? It doesn’t have to be that way, read more as I’ll explain the effective ways to transform Monday morning into something you actually look forward to.
1. Use Mel Robbin’s 5-Second Rule to cut procrastination at the first alarm sound.
This tool is simplistic and genius: Count backwards 5,4,3,2,1, GO! The act of counting backwards tricks your mind into taking action without thinking, like a rocket launch. Cut the BS and get out of bed instantly, you’ll be amazed at how much extra time you’ll have when you stop wasting time on thinking about doing something & you just start.
2. Do your homework and set your intentions.
Once you’re aware of your long-term goals, you can break them up into smaller attainable goals. (SMART goals- specific, measurable, achievable, result-oriented, and time specific). The idea of doing your homework is a skill I adopted from “The Daily Boost” podcast, at the beginning of each week identify the tasks you must accomplish to realize a feeling of satisfaction. It is also important to reflect on your previous weeks’ intentions and goals to assess your progress and realign your strategies & actions.
3. Practice Gratitude with some cafesito.
Allowing caffeine to give you a little boost while physically writing a list of at least 10 things your grateful for (big or small) will ground you in the present to maximize your productivity. I complete a gratitude journal entry daily, but it will help you gain clear perspective and mute out the noise. I’m grateful that I have made this an integral part of my daily routine, stick with it, even if it may feel awkward at first.
4. Make your bed & complete an anaerobic workout (even if 5 minutes) before you leave the house.
This is a super simple and very manageable act. Somehow making your bed in the morning sets you up for a great day, because a small win like that will help the little wins continue throughout the day.
5. Cut Social-Media.
Don’t clutter your mind with the noise of social media Monday morning (or any mornings at that). Use this time to focus on yourself: what you want, what you need to do, and the first steps you need to take to get there. Don’t allow the noise of what other people are doing doesn’t need to dilute your focus. The news feed will still be there for mindless scrolling after lunch, trust me.
These tools will help you look forward to Monday’s and view them as opportunities. Remember that the greater focus you place on the positive aspects of your life will in turn attract more positivity (Law of Attraction anyone?). With that being said, set yourself up to slay the week babe!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and what habits you have implemented to make your Monday’s better.