I’m here to tell you how you can conquer Monday before it’s even here.
That’s right. Crush it before you get a case of the Mondays. Before you even get a chance to mope, to complain, to get inside your head. It all starts with SUNDAY.
For some of us, Sunday is a lazy day to lay around all day and catch up on a few shows. For other people, it’s a productive day to finish laundry and cleaning. Or maybe we’re somewhere in between.
Many of us DREAD Sunday night. This carries over into Monday morning. We intend to go to bed early, but our minds remind us of something that happened 5 years ago.
We toss and turn and try so hard to remember how to relax…that one article told us to let go of every muscle in our body and sink into our bed. The only thing we’re sinking into is this late-night thought session. How we end Sunday sets us up for how we start Monday.
Conquer Monday Before You Get a Case of It
Let’s step back just a little bit to look at Sunday morning.
It’s something-o’clock in the morning (or maybe something o-clock in the p.m. for those who are blessed with the ability to sleep in!). We wake up, get something to drink, and then…what do we do??
What we should do is make a plan for the day! Yes, even on Sunday!
Now I’m not saying you have to go crazy or run a marathon. Just think of two simple tasks you’d like to accomplish, and commit!
Here’s a personal example: 1) Catch up on The Bold Type (watch 2 episodes), and 2) Write a short blog post to be edited and published by Tuesday. These are two fun activities that I know I can accomplish. These are attainable. I can catch up on the show, The Bold Type, playing it in the background while I write or throw in some laundry. Or I can give the show my full attention and enjoy it because it’s a lazy-productive activity. I usually give it my full attention because I’m hooked on that show. #likeapirate
As the day goes on, you may think of other things you’d like to accomplish, such as hitting the gym, showering, eating… Stop right there! Did you go grocery shopping for the week? No? Do that, now!
Shop Now, Eat Later
I strongly recommend shopping for groceries as early as possible Sunday morning. Beat the rush, chat with some nice employees in the morning, and move on with the day. Conquer Monday with some fruits and vegetables.
Grocery shopping is the first thing I do Sunday morning. I usually set my alarm for 6:50 a.m. (Publix opens at 7 a.m.), or 7:45 a.m. (Target opens at 8 a.m.), and then I’ll work out at the gym, and maybe even sneak in a nap later.
Buy what you need for the week, and then come home and cook it! Prep those meals early. I recommend prepping for Mon – Wed., depending on whether you purchase meat or poultry. I usually cook chicken or shrimp between Sunday afternoon and Sunday night so I’m set for the first three work days, and then I cook beef or turkey Wednesday night to carry me through Thursday and Friday. #keepingitfresh
By prepping your food (and snacks!) now, you don’t have to think about it the rest of the week! All you have to do is grab and go. Grab your lunchbox and get outta there!
Keep these tips in mind, keep your head up, and conquer Monday!