Mondays suck. What professionals do on Sundays could help you coast through your work week.Weekends should be spent relaxing so that you can decompress from a stressful work week. However, to prevent the lethargy of a Sunday spent on the couch from carrying over, here are a few tips to combat Monday by the time it rolls around to taunt you. Successful people engage with these regimens that aren't huge revelations.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Get a sufficient amount of rest on the weekends and try getting up early.
You don't have to go to extremes like Disney CEO, Bob Iger, who rises out of bed at 4:30AM every morning. Research shows that our minds are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Sleep specialist, Michael Breus, Ph.D., suggests you finish eating at least two-and-a-half hours before retiring to bed so that you'll be able to fall asleep well after your digestive system has gone to work. So make sure you eat a healthy option so your body doesn't go into overdrive breaking down something heavy like a barrel of spaghetti carbonara.
Take an hour out of your Sunday to organize your work week.
If you're lounging in front of the TV, get out your calendar app and prioritize tasks during a commercial break or during your tanning session by the poolside. Even daily goals like being organized are important, no matter what day of the week. Your work week will be less stressful and more productive because you didn't sleep in until noon. Psychologist and coach, Christine M. Allen, Ph.D., said:
Taking no more than an hour out from your Sunday to anticipate the week ahead and get organized will help you free up head space and reduce worry.
Another thing that helps is to knock out chores earlier in the day.
This is where being an early riser comes in handy. Laundry, grocery shopping, and cooking for the week will seem more daunting the longer you procrastinate. Get them all done before noon and you have the rest of the day for leisure!
Having an active body results in an active mind.
Anna Wintour dedicates an hour every day for tennis. India's fourth-richest billionaire is always participating in marathons. Don't spend your weekends as an excuse to lay around all day. You'll feel refreshed from a little jog in the morning, and you'll sleep better before Monday rolls around.
If you feel like these tips are too much to cram into your precious weekend, don't get overwhelmed. Spend it as you will. But if you strive to have a less stressful week, there is something to be said about allocating time for stillness. If Oprah is an advocate for it, then you know she's onto something. This busy, influential celebrity takes 20 minutes out of her time to exercise stillness, and other business professionals have followed suit. Meditation facilitates productivity, creativity and an overall maintenance of personal well-being.
Believe in the power of giving.
The weekend is the perfect opportunity to be active with your local community. Volunteer with kids or help with the elderly. Entrepreneur, Richard Branson, said:
It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas.Anne Frank's wisdom belied her age by saying:
No one has ever become poor from giving.Helping those in need puts things in perspective and helps reduce stress after realizing that your life doesn't suck at all. Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, said that the weekends are key for professional success. She sums it up succinctly:
You need to hit Monday ready to go.Try these suggestions. You just might find yourself looking forward to Monday, ready to sucker punch it in the face. H/T - forbes, lifehack