Using the weekend to prepare for the work week ahead often sounds like a daunting task to many people. The thought of work on days off can often lead to the "Sunday Scaries"- that dreading feeling of returning to the office on Monday. Instead of enjoying the weekend and focusing on rejuvenating from the following week, the days are spent stressing out about the dwindling time.
Often, Mondays are the least popular day of the week. Why is that? People are dragging in the office and overwhelmed with the workload that has stacked during the weekend. However, there are things that you can do make the transition from the weekend to weekday easier while increasing productivity.
1. Do your house chores
During the week your laundry list of chores (and literal laundry) grows as you rush out the door to get to the office every morning. By getting your house chores all done on Sunday, you avoid the unexpected moments, like running out of your last clean pair of socks. A clean environment is often more welcoming to come home to than an unorganized disaster. Getting your house chores all done on your day off will reduce your weekday list. Doesn't that sound nice?
2. Prep for Monday
Prepare for Monday on your Sunday evenings to lighten the workload you put on yourself in the morning. Make your lunch, prep your outfit, glance at your emails, and make your to-do list. By preparing for the office before Monday morning, you reduce the risk of missing an important project. Impress your colleagues by keeping yourself informed even when you're away from your desk.
3. Get Organized
Set your plan and goals for the weekdays that lie ahead. Setting goals for yourself helps to reinforce old ideas and helps you meet your deadlines. Fill out your calendar with important dates and times to remember to create balance between your work life and your personal life. Whatever organization method works best for you, take five minutes out of your Sunday to create that list, set those reminders, or place those sticky notes.
4. Get Moving
Don't forget to exercise. I know...another thing to add to this list. However, endorphins are the best way to clear your mind and rejuvenate your body for the upcoming week. Exercising increases your productivity by reducing stress, clearing your mind, and increasing your energy level. So, when the Sunday Scaries start to roll in, put on your walking shoes and get moving.
5. Reset your Mindset
Reset your mindset by looking at Mondays from a new perspective. Instead of thinking, 'I have to go to work'. Change your thoughts to, 'I get to go to work today.’ Easy to say, right, but how can someone actually enjoy Mondays? The start of the new week means it is a new beginning to set goals and work on improving yourself. Take each opportunity to learn something that can add value to you. Negativity can easily affect productivity, anxiety, and stress. By changing your mindset, you are in complete control of your emotions and ultimately your future.
Do you use Sundays to their full potential? How do you help ensure your productivity remains strong throughout the entire week? Let us know in the comments below!