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3 Practical Tips to Make Monday the Best Day of Your Week

Release the pressure from Sunday nights

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Monday’s got a terrible rep of ruining our every Sunday. Even before I started my first job, Monday used to dry my soul in college. We had 5-day classes and the weekend passed in a blink.

But once I figured out how to utilise Monday for my benefits, I could transfer the energy efficiently even to my 9 to 5 job.

Even when I have switched to contract-based work for the last two years, the schedule still helps me set the tone for the week. I hope it will do the same for you too.

#1. Start with the night before.

I have a college friend who doesn’t hang out on Sunday. We had to cancel our plan once ( I’m lying, twice ), but the good part was he informed us in advance instead of ghosting in the end.

He devotes the entire day to self-care, reflection and planning out how his next week’s starting.

You don’t have to invest the entire 24 hours deciding how you’ll start your week. All it takes is a minimum of 10 minutes of planning.

For example, I am terrible at reflecting over the past week because I am worried about what I will uncover. On some level, I already know what went south. Instead, I decide what tasks to work on and in what order.

Start with how you want to start your Monday that will motivate you to carry the positive momentum forward. Any activity that leaves you energised—more on this in the third point below.

#2. Prioritise based on importance.

“Do important things now before they become urgent.”
Saisudhan Sutrave

No one wishes to hurry their way through the last minute and end the day with half-alive satisfaction. To avoid this pitfall, decide on three — or even fewer — tasks that you must do at all costs.

Then organise your day accordingly. You’ll gradually learn to weed out the meager tasks that slide into your routine, like daily laundry or indulging in recreational activities more frequently than the reasonable limit for adults.

For example, Here’s the progression for an important assignment, and you can borrow it:

Since I got the assignment on Friday after planning my Monday, I pushed the pre-planned Monday’s schedule to Tuesday. I did it to accommodate the new routine because it is better to score the important tasks before they become urgent and juice your finishing hour of the day.

Prioritising urgency is crucial because energy management trumps time management.

#3. Create momentum for the whole week.

Monday sets the tone for your entire week. I didn’t follow an active lifestyle when I started my first job. I felt lethargic going to the office on Mondays.

I felt something was wrong with my energy management system. I had a vague idea of what to do about it.

When I started my 100-days fitness challenge, I scheduled Yoga classes for Monday specifically. My goal was to get enough movement to start my day with an action mindset.

Plan out a mindfulness or workout session that gives you a sense of achievement. Even one accomplishment is enough to carry the positive momentum for the whole week.

For example, I decided to write every day after waking up at 5:30 am. So far, so good.

Since I could do it last Monday, the motivation also carried me to park my butt in the chair today.

Closing thoughts.

Don’t fall into the trap that Monday is the worst day of the week. Those who preach this idea are not in love with their profession. The same reason they’re impatient for Friday nights and blow the weekends at light speed.

Once I found a way to enjoy Mondays even in my 9 to 5 job with a hectic schedule, the Monday ritual became even more crucial in my flexible contract-based work, where self-discipline is challenging to master.

And if a few hours of planning on Sunday followed by a motivation booster on Monday can cover my whole week, I am sure it will deliver the same results for you.

Cheers to generating positive Momentum on Monday!

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Sanjeev is a mentor, writer, and fitness enthusiast from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not engaging with students in solving their doubts or busy with writing, he’s sweating either in a workout, PC gaming, or playing 8-ball pool. You can also find him on Instagram.

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