Like it or not, Monday morning is coming.
How nice would it be to approach it without a sense of stress or dread as Sunday evening rolls around? Why cheat yourself out of any of the much-deserved rest and relaxation you look forward to every weekend?
The only tradeoff is: Allow yourself just a small amount of time every Sunday to prepare for the week ahead. It can be a great way to prevent “Sunday-itis” and start your work week off on a positive note – maybe even with a smile instead of a groan.
Tidy up and organize your workspace.
If you commute to work, make a habit of doing this on Friday afternoon before you leave for the weekend. Either way, a clear workspace will help you achieve a clear mind, improve your focus, relieve stress, and boost your productivity potential.
Make a to-do list.
Lists are great – especially the part where you cross items off them – but for a weekly to do agenda or planner to be truly effective, you have to be realistic about what you want and need to accomplish. For instance, if you have a huge high-priority project looming, break it down into smaller, more manageable parts that you can complete one at a time.
- Start by listing your top three goals for the week. Note: This is not necessarily the same as your favorite three goals. In fact, it’s almost always best to tackle your least favorite tasks first, to avoid procrastination, which will only spiral into more stress.
- Make sure your list includes something fun to look forward to. The details are up to you, but leave time for yoga class, having friends over for pizza, volunteering, or whatever else brings you joy and work/life balance.
Be ready for Monday morning.
Hint: This is a good practice to get into every night, but especially on Sundays. Set your alarm so you have plenty of time to get up and get ready, without being rushed. Plan and prepare your outfit – maybe even five of them for the week ahead. Set the timer on your coffee maker. Whatever works.
Last but not least ….
If you’re consistently making the effort and Sunday-itis still strikes on a regular basis, you may want to add a job search to your list of New Year’s resolutions. It’s a ripe market for job seekers, so take advantage of it and add “Start looking for the job I really want!” to your weekly to do list.
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