Bob Geldof has been living off his dislike of Mondays for almost forty years, and we’re on his side here, we don’t like Mondays either (don’t tell the boss). When that alarm goes off for your first day back at work, there’s always the temptation to ignore it, but no, duty calls… Off to work it is.
Here are some top tips to help you get the Monday motivation you need to get through work:
- Get up earlier
Getting ready for work always seems more rushed on a Monday, probably because you’ve hit snooze two or three times before getting out of bed. Why not slow everything down and ease your way into morning routine? When you get to work you’ll have a clear head and you’ll not be stressed from the morning commute.
- Eat breakfast
Whether you eat at home before your commute, or rush it down at your desk when you arrive at work, a good breakfast is vital to kick starting your day. A healthy breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking up to give your body the energy it requires to start the day effectively. Breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.
- Make the most of your commute
If you’re using public transport, why not read a book? If you’re driving, get some new music for the car – something you’ve wanted to listen to, but never got round to. Or, listen to an engaging radio station? By making your commuting time your time, you take the boring elements out of your Monday morning and instead start the day on a positive note.
- Forget fat Fridays, make Monday your cheat day
The real treat on a Friday is the weekend ahead, so lunch time take-aways are a non-essential bonus. Mondays however…. Different story! If there’s a day you need some extra motivation, it’s Monday, and giving yourself something to look forward to at lunch time will make the morning go in quicker. Or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it could be afternoon cakes for when you complete X, Y and Z. Give yourself something to work towards!
- Use your lunch hour wisely and get some fresh air
If you’re stuck in an office all day, go for a walk, get some fresh air and give your eyes a rest from the screen. If you’re outside all day, you may want to do the opposite. Whatever is right for you, make sure you switch off for an hour and forget about work. Studies have proved that taking your full lunch breaks increases your afternoon productivity, so make the most of it!
Once you’ve got through your Monday at work, there’s only one thing to do – sprawl out on the sofa and relax in style as you watch the latest autumn box sets.