How to make Mondays Marvelous:
Set up a weekly enjoyable event to happen on Mondays. Instead of dreading Mondays, find a way to look forward to them by scheduling something fun each Monday. Sign up for your favorite class at the gym, make a date with a friend for coffee, have a movie night – whatever it is that makes you happy, do it on Mondays!
Treat Yourself on Mondays. My friend Tina is a firm believer in Cookie Fridays. Instead of being crazy indulgent the entire weekend, Tina celebrates each Friday with a special treat- Cookie Fridays are a great way to keep your indulgences in check.
As someone who is losing weight, not only does having one day be "treat day" help to mentally track how much "treating" is taking place during the week, but usually if I know I am going to be treating myself to something special, I will make sure to eat extra nutritious for the remainder of the day. For example, if I plan on having a Margarita Happy Hour after work, I will load up on produce and whole grains for breakfast and lunch – packing in as much healthy stuff as I can before the sugary-sweet goodness of a Fiesta.
Recently I’ve decided to start making Monday’s my own version of "Cookie Friday". Celebrating with a treat on Monday helps me to fight off the weekend temptations, knowing that anything I come across can be savored in just a few days.
How often have you REALLY wanted to pig out on something, only to taste it and it be disappointing? How about your craving for a sprinkled donut waved in front of your face on a Saturday morning, and when you do take the time to indulge its not what you expected? Holding off until treat day helps you to REALLY make a great decision of what quality treat you really want to indulge in.
Monday task lists: On Friday’s at the office, I take the last 10-15 minutes of the day preplanning my Monday. You don’t have to have a conventional office job to reap the benefits of this; people who work at home or in other professions can definitely try this trick too. This will make Mondays to do list a lot less daunting.
Sometimes I come into work and start my list of things to do and am OVERWHELMED by how much is building up. I prefer coming in Monday morning and being able to DIG RIGHT IN to the week without having that 15 minute of task listing (and the 20 minutes of slight anxiety over the list) taking up most of my hour. I’m trying to get in the habit of doing this at the end of every work day (and even at the end of every session I log doing freelance work) – but ESPECIALLY on Friday afternoons at the office.
Monday Dare – Dare yourself to a Monday challenge. It can be a different one EACH Monday or a standing Monday challenge. This Monday, I will make sure to be extra cheerful as I answer the phone. Monday I will smile at everyone I see. Every Monday I will be extra flirty. I will visit a new park every Monday evening this Spring. What can you be dared to do?
Monday Soundtracks – The Monday soundtrack is key. Kelly Clarkson, Oldies Hits, GLEE soundtrack – upbeat, happy songs are the way to go on Mondays. Also, on Mondays I ban Dave Matthews from my IPod/computer. I have a few "Monday" playlists which basically consist of songs that either make me want to dance, sing-a-long, or both. I save the acoustic sad music that makes me want to take a nap (perhaps my favorite music) for Tuesdays.
What are you doing to make Monday Marvelous??