Ahhh, Mondays. Some love them, most of us hate them! It can be stressful to only be on day 1 of a busy week ahead. Especially if you have important projects and tasks, both in your professional and personal lives. However, it is important to remember that, like anything in life, it’s all about perspective. Instead of viewing Mondays as the start of what is sure to be a stressful week, try to utilize them to set the tone for a great few days ahead. Setting the tone can mean a variety of things to all different people. Essentially, setting the tone for your week will likely consist of planning, organizing, and communicating so that the rest of your days can run as smoothly as possible. Not only will this help reduce stress levels, but you might actually get excited to tackle the big week ahead! So, let’s get into it.
Planning can seem like a mundane and unnecessary task, but it is one of the most important parts of setting your week’s tone. If you don’t currently have a physical planner, no worries! There are many different online tools you can use to prep for your week. Some of our favorites include; Canva’s personal planning maker, DayViewer, and of course, Passion Planner! (Both the e-version and the physical planners are the best!)
Make your planning routine a fun part of your Monday morning ritual. Invest in some colorful pens, highlighters, stickers, and anything else that will help you reach your goals. Motivating yourself by customizing your to-do lists is one of the most important tips we have to share! Make your planning routine a personalized experience. Get out your laptop or planner, any planning accessories, and set aside 20 minutes every Monday morning to sip coffee and set goals. Once you make this a habit, it might become something you look forward to!
Fun planning essentials:
Communication is key. After a busy weekend of spending time with loved ones or binge-watching Netflix, it’s time to answer those emails that have been piling up in your inbox. This can be super overwhelming after a few relaxing days off. So, it is important to get this task out of the way early in your day to move on to other projects that you enjoy. Answer all emails, Slack messages, texts, and other messages to start the flow of productivity on your Monday morning, and get tasks you have been dreading all weekend out of the way.
When organizing tasks, it is crucial to think of things short-term. Short-term tasks will be easier to attain and conceptualize when working to achieve your goals. Once you achieve these goals, your motivation will increase due to the satisfaction of completing your work. So, instead of making a plan for the entire semester, quarter, or even month. Start daily and weekly. You can even take baby steps and make hourly goals! Once you get the hang of it and try different variations, you will understand the best organizational technique.
Have you ever heard of meal prepping? Now is the time to explore! Meal prepping can be a great activity for you to accomplish to set the tone for your week. Essentially, meal prepping consists of making your meals for the entire week and packaging them to stay fresh. This will save you time, energy, and stress during the week since you will be able to open the fridge and grab-n-go. Plus, if you enjoy cooking, this can be a relaxing and therapeutic way to start off your week and prep for success.
Meal prep essentials you’ll need:
In your persona life, you probably have a lot of tasks you put off until Sunday night. When setting the tone for a productive week, it is essential to complete these to start the week fresh. Here are some tasks you should consider adding to your to-do list to ensure a relaxing and focused week of work.
Household to-do list:
Taking time to relax and refresh should be one of the most important parts of prepping for a busy week ahead. Take time for YOU! This will help your body and mind be calm and focused as you aim to tackle all of your planning and prep work. Some ways you can incorporate self-care into your routine are:
Making time to connect with friends and loved ones is an essential part of starting a new week, especially in times like these! Working phone calls, facetime sessions, and texts into your routine will help remind you to stay in touch with those you love, despite how busy the week might be. Allowing yourself an hour to give people you love a call on Sundays when you do not have work obligations will help you enjoy the conversations and re-connect with friends and family.
Have a great week! You’ve got this.
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