I am editing this post after one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while and not being a part of an organization that grants Labor Day off. Mhmm. Yup, you read that correct. One amazing weekend in DC with my girls, eating, drinking, and dancing until the wee hours of Sunday morning and I just reached over to set my alarm for 5:45am Monday morning. I am thinking that this alone means I temporarily have an authority on how to make over Mondays o that going back to work on a Monday can be more joyful, almost as joyful as if I started the post by welcoming you to the weekend.
Extra Time- I know. You probably feel like it’s rough enough that Monday got here quicker than you anticipated, but trust me, sleeping until the last possible minute-the minute that will allow you to leap out of bed, into the two minute shower, and then into clothes you are pretty sure are clean and you didn’t just wear to work, does not make for a good Monday. Honestly t doesn’t usually make for a good any day. Give yourself an extra 20 minute in the morning to do something you enjoy. Yes, wake up and do something you enjoy before you mentally run through your to do list, fantasize about who you hope is out sick, or try to sleep for those extra 20 minutes. Recently I went back to getting up early enough to spend an hour sipping tea, reading my bible, journaling, pining, etc. after that hour I then transition into work mode. It makes a huge difference starting my day and my work week with things that bring me joy.
Make it colorful- Color impacts your mojo. You can research color theory a little later. Colors influence our mood, and for some more than for others. Put the black pants back in the closet and go for the green or purple ones. Resist the plain blouse and go for the one with the polka dots. Wear that funky purple and green bangle bracelet and try the gold hoops instead of the barely there silver studs. When you look good you will feel good and color has the power to make you look and feel good. Resist the neutral uniform on Mondays and just be a little more creative. If you are reading this and doubt your ability to wear color or patterns in a fun creative way, get thee to Pinterest.
Power pack your lunch bag- There is nothing like looking forward to a good meal. Don’t cheat yourself. If Sunday dinner was the epitome of nourishment for your body and soul, then pack up the leftovers for round two on Monday afternoon. If it’s a busy Monday, don’t bank on heading to McDonalds or Starbucks, pack in the fruits, veggies, and nuts. I can’t even tell you how in love I am with the fresh fruit I snagged at the Farmers Market this weekend. And yes I am slipping one of those Nectarines into my lunch bag for Monday. Now if you have a morning meeting uptown and an afternoon meeting downtown, and eating out is what will facilitate a smooth transition, just eat somewhere good. Sometimes I find such predicaments are perfect for grabbing Sushi. Let that marinate. Sushi in the middle of your Monday. Divine! (Well divine if you love sushi.
Move and groove- Honestly, Mondays are my first day of the week back at the gym, but if you aren’t on the workout train just yet, at least put on your favorite playlist or online station that gets you moving and grooving. Anthony Hamilton is my station most nights, and in the mornings I need more of my gospel stations or some throw back TLC. Wake yourself up to some music that has a beat that can do nothing less but get you on your feet. My shoes are often the last thing I put on because I am too busy slipping and sliding across my hardwood floors before heading into the office.
Make up your mind- There is nothing like making up your mind that you will have a good Monday (or any day really). It may sound all pop psychology-ish, but the truth of the matter is, as you think, so are you. If you want to have a Monday that is full of peace, and joy, and productivity, then you have to declare that it will be so. Furthermore, when things happen that are out of your control, you can choose how to react, and you can react in a way that grounds you in whatever you declared for the day. Just try it, you got a lot of Mondays ahead.
Have a super sweet Monday, and honestly I think these tips can work for any day. The truth is we often negate the power of starting our days in a way that can powerfully and positively impact the rest of our day. Take back your mornings, take back your Mondays, take back your power and the endless possibilities to LIVE well. xxoo