How to Make the Best of Your Monday

Monday is, as a sort of unwritten rule, the worst day of the week. It’s the first day of the week, which means it’s the furthest from the weekend. It never feels productive. It always feels like a day of, “I need another day to recover,” and it’s always depressing. Monday is no fun. However, just because Monday has a bad rap doesn’t mean yours has to be miserable. You can make the most out of every Monday with these simple tips. Trust me – you’ll be glad you followed them.

Prep on Sunday Evening

No one wants to prep for the upcoming week on Sunday, but you’ll have a better Monday if you can sleep a bit later because all the little stuff is done. For example, get the kids school clothes out, iron your own clothes, pack lunches, pack briefcases and back packs and load the car as much as possible. If you’re ready to go before you wake up, you can relax a bit.

Clear Your To-Do List Friday

Friday is always a productive day because people don’t want to stay late at work and finish things on which they procrastinated earlier in the day. On Fridays, prepare for Monday. Cross stuff off your to-do list as much as possible so you don’t have any panic or stress on Monday morning.

Treat Yourself

If you give yourself something to look forward to on Monday, you will be able to make the most of it. For example, you can make Monday your fattening latte and cinnamon bun day. You can make it your happy hour evening. Do something on Mondays that you don’t do the rest of the week so that you have something to look forward to.


Who wants to bet that you forgot to work out over the weekend? Start your Monday off on the right note by exercising. Get up, get moving and get your heart rate pumping and your blood flowing. It’s easy and it’s effective. When you start off the day doing something that gets your body going, it’s going to make you more energized and more productive throughout the day.

Work Smart

Tackle tough assignments and to-do list items first thing in the morning when you’re at your best. As the afternoon wears on, you quickly become a bit lazier, a lot less productive and tired. If you do the big stuff in the am, you’ll have less to worry about in the pm.

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