People always side-eye me when I tell them, "if it's on a Sunday, chances are, I'm not coming." For me, Sunday's are a day of preparation–mentally and physically–and a day to reset for the week ahead because Monday morning will come again–whether you're ready or not.
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If you're like me, Monday is a melodramatic day; you go from a carefree weekend to the [somewhat] structured routine of the work week. And if you're unprepared for the week, it makes it that much worse. So, I now use Sunday as a day to reflect and prepare, and it starts with getting organized.
I. Get organized
When it comes to getting ready for the week, the only way to have a successful one is to get organized, and I mean ORGANIZED. Because my partner and I both have crazy schedules, we begin the week by preparing our dinner. It starts off with our menu by day that then links to our grocery list; once we finish food shopping, we come home to prepare and organize the menu through chopping all veggies, cooking rice for the week, etc. I have shared this tip with a few friends and co-workers, and it has proven to be a time saver for everyone.
On Sunday, I also prepare my creative work; outlining all the content that's scheduled to go live, including social posts and newsletters; this helps maintain consistency and ensure nothing goes missed. I like to use the evening to research and organize content for the upcoming weeks and month.
II. Add meaning to each day
It's easy to get caught up in the routine and lose sight of what's [really] important, so through the freedom of the weekend, make sure you're planning ways to add a little meaning to each day. It can be so simple as surprising a co-worker with morning coffee or having lunch with a friend.
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to volunteer with an art program here in NYC; we spent the morning making art with underserved children and it was one of the most rewarding days I've had in a long time. It reminded me to focus on the things that bring [true] meaning and joy to life, and that's using my influence to help enrich the lives of others.
III. Have fun
Sometimes I sit back and think about the fun we had as kids; there was never a dull moment. We were always playing or creating something to play with, and as adults, we lose sight of what it means to have fun. I'm guilty of it, but recently I've made it a point to inject a little fun into my week. For me, it's exploring, and since I'm in NYC, there's always something new to see or do, so once a week I walk around a new neighborhood or grab lunch at a restaurant I've never been too; this keeps things exciting and allows a little fun in your work week.
IV. Focus on the positive
Okay, the Monday-blues is real and come Sunday it's easy to get into a rut and not want to do anything, I've been there too many times. But what I know for sure, when you focus on the positive, you will [definitely] have a successful week. It's easier said than done, but adding fun and meaning to each day helps you focus on positive things you have coming up. If you're struggling with positive thinking, I encourage you to incorporate meditation, yoga, or crystal healing into your daily life.
When it all said and done, one of the most important things you can do to prep for a successful week is to rest! I have a hard time allowing myself real rest, but the older I get, the more and more I realize I need it mentally, physically, and spiritually. So, give yourself time to rest, and know that part of productivity is allowing yourself proper rest.
Success looks different for each of us, but one thing we can all agree is on that we want to be successful and have a successful week no matter what we do. Even though Monday's are still the step-cousin we want to avoid, they're here and aren't going anywhere, so let's embrace them and make the best of each week. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.