How was your weekend?!
Ours was BUSY but great! On Friday, we went to an awesome charity event for Miseracordia that my MIL helped plan! It was so much fun! Saturday we went out with our friends Liz and Joe, and Sunday I had a baby shower for Neal’s cousin Kate! I feel like sometimes busy weekends can amplify the Sunday Scaries even more, so I thought it was timely to update and re-publish one of my most popular (but oldest!) blog posts: How to look forward to Mondays!
I know––a seemingly impossibly feat, yes? It might take a few extra creative tricks up your sleeve (like…any of the below!) but it’s not so impossible after all.
9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Mondays
1. Blast a happy song when you wake up
This, I promise you, is the best Monday trick I know.
When I was 19 I spent a summer in LA with my friend Alex, interning for a PR firm. We were very poor (sustaining only on granola bars and vodka sodas) and shared a king size bed for 3 straight months. Quickly growing accustomed to running up bar tabs until the wee hours in West Hollywood all weekend long, you can imagine that Mondays quickly became likened to sticking our heads into a Magic Bullet on a weekly basis.
The only thing that got me into my pencil skirt and out the door was the fact that we started a tradition of blaring this song the second the alarm went off. There was something about it that instantly put a spring in our step and kicked the week off on the right note. To this day it’s still one of my favorite songs to put me in a happy mood. You might find success in my other favorites (most of them throwbacks 😂): Angela, Sweat, Rich Girl, Drive, Centerfold, Shake, Departed, Naturally, Raspberry Beret, Say My Name, just to name a few.
2. Dust off your crockpot
Assemble what you need Sunday night (check out these recipes for starters), cram it all in that magical little contraption on Monday morning and you’ll be mentally looking forward to that delicious dinner all day! Not to mention you’ll have zero cooking to do when you get home. And less cooking=more time to relax!
3. Plan a girls night on Monday night
Why do we never suggest Monday as an option when getting together with friends? We really should. Excitement to see someone you love makes the day go by so much faster! Not to mention, you need a reason to celebrate the fact that Monday is over! Bonus points if you invite your friends over for the dinner you assembled… in your crockpot!
4. Don’t hit snooze
This is SO hard to do–(admittedly I did this this morning, which is why this post is getting published at 8:45am instead of 6am, and now I’m mad at myself 😂) but hitting the snooze button 5 times before you get up is just setting yourself up for a crappy, rushed morning. Getting up an hour earlier to take your time, enjoy your coffee, maybe even read a book and linger in your PJs–or just time to wrap up what you never got around to on Sunday night–makes a HUGE difference.
If you haven’t heard of Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning routine, listen to his interview with Pat Flynn (one of my favorite podcasters) and it will change your life!
5. Try something new with your hair, makeup, or outfit
Something as simple as a swipe of red lipstick works wonders for me–or even coming up with a new, different combination of your same workwear staples will put more pep in your step. Try a braid instead of your usual ponytail–just shake things up a little bit. You’ll be surprised at how well it works–you won’t feel “Monday-ish” at all!
Plus, when you try something new, people will notice–and they’ll compliment you! When do you need nice ego boosters more than ever? MONDAYS.
Need outfit inspo? Right over here!
6. Start a Monday morning breakfast club with coworkers
A lot of people do this on Fridays, but Fridays are already one of the best days of the week. Why not have breakfast to look forward to on the worst day of the week? Grab a group of coworkers and rotate bringing in breakfast–it can be something as simple as grabbing bagels from everyone’s favorite bagel store, or you could take things to the next level and do a “healthy breakfast challenge”–whatever! Get creative!
7. Wait until Monday to start a new book, tv show, or magazine
Think of how excited you’ll be to wake up on Monday knowing that today is the day you come home and finally start watching the new season of that Netflix show get around to actually reading your book, or that new issue of Bon Appetit you’ve been patiently storing in your desk since Wednesday.
8. Get outside
I feel like Mondays can be the most hectic, stressful day of the week, so it’s easy to look up from your computer and realize you haven’t left your desk all day. Even taking just a quick walk makes a HUGE difference in my mood. Get outside on your lunch break, walk home instead of taking the bus, meet a neighbor for a walk around the neighborhood after work, whatever!
9. Make lists, and take a second to sit down and plan out your week
I know a lot of people advocate for doing this on Sundays, but oftentimes, I don’t WANT to think about the rest of the week on Sunday! So if that’s you, sit down on Monday morning with your coffee and plan out what you need to accomplish for the week.
This is great for a few reasons. 1. Whenever I feel overwhelmed with the tasks I need to accomplish, writing them down always makes me feel better. It looks a lot less scary on paper than it does in your head. 2. When you map out a plan, a lot more gets done than if you just wing it. I really love my friend Steph’s 15-minute planner method when it comes to planning your week!