Yes, we all know Mondays can be tough. There’s a whole litany of things we know we have do this week and already it seems overwhelming. How will we get it all done? There aren’t enough hours in the day!
A trick I learned and have tried to implement in my daily life is to tackle no more than two to three “to-do” items in a single day, whether that be personal or professional. Taking on more often means that quality suffers anyway, so it’s better to do less per day, but do it thoroughly and completely, as opposed to trying to get it all done “because there is sooooo much to do” and then having to repeat your steps because you did it wrong or halfheartedly.
In addition, I suggest the following:
- Make time to get a walk in, whether that’s parking a little farther from your office and taking a stroll in or waking up an hour early and walking around your neighborhood. Fresh air does wonders, especially if you can do it first thing in the morning. If you can’t, any time will do.
- Break away for 10 minutes of ‘quiet time’ mid-day. Don’t think about the projects you have on the table personally or professionally for those 10 minutes. The world won’t implode, I promise. Just grab a cup of tea, find a quiet corner, and chill. If your office is loud, go outside or sit in your car for those 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes are yours, not to be shared. If your mind is still racing, my friend Tanya suggests that focusing your solitary moment on the tea itself may do the trick to calm your mind. Think about the temperature of the tea, the flavor you picked and its aroma. Think about the beautiful mug you selected, the sensation of the tea in your mouth, where it hits your tongue, etc. Focusing on just one thing in just that one moment has a way to closing your mind to chaos and refocusing your efforts. You will be a better employee and all-around better person to be around after those 10 minutes, so do it!
- Give at least three genuine compliments a day – two of which are to total strangers. I make a point to try and do this daily, and man, has it been a gamechanger! Even when I am in a grumpy mood or feeling rushed and busy, I make sure to do this. Not only do I get an immediate return on my compliment investment with big smiles or a ‘thank you’ most times, but I find that I am happier as well focusing on the great things about the people and places around me. We exchange pleasantries with people all the time and compliments come with that, but giving compliments specifically and with intent is an exercise in and of itself, one that can change your whole outlook on the day.
Where ever you are, I thank you for reading this and pray you make this Monday amazingly marvelous! If you decide to implement any of these suggestions today, please do share in the comments or by emailing me through the contact page. I would love to hear how it went!