COMBATING THE SUNDAY SCARIES!
Don’t Let Your Monday Ruin your Sunday
1. Prepare new and revisit existing routines
Y’all know how much I love a morning routine, but we also have a million subconscious routines that happen in our days, weeks, and months without even knowing it.
As you go through this week, pay attention to those mindless routines you get into. Perhaps you could find efficient ways to stack habits, incorporate power hours, or otherwise streamline activities for a more intentional routine!
2. Give yourself some breathing room.
Here’s one I’m guilty of – loading up a schedule without enough time to transition. Whether it’s from client to client or from school to practice to dance to a night out, it takes time to prepare notes, find equipment, get dressed, and travel.
How much less stressful would your day be if you added just 5 – 10 more minutes into those transitions? Give it a shot this week.
3. Create designated spaces in your home.
Are your spaces working for you? If you’re still working from home, or even working in a hybrid role, think about establishing a dedicated workspace in your home.
Not the dining room table; not the coffee table; find a space where you can set up shop and leave it there. This will create a physical and mental boundary to help you turn off when you don’t need to work and turn on when it’s time.
Maybe you could create a similar space for your kids to do their homework.
4. Pack your lunch.
Grabbing food on the run ads up – for the bank account and your waistline. Start small and swap 2 – 3 days of grab-and-go lunches for a healthy meal packed at home.
Here’s a tip – if you work from home, do this anyway! Meal prepping or having lunch ready to eat helps avoid snacking and offers a fast solution if you need to get some brain food in you quickly.
This is something I’ve found significantly improves my week. As much as I love to cook, not having to think about food between 7:30 am and 5 pm has reduced my stress and helped me maintain my energy levels!
5. Give yourself a school bell timer!
It’s funny, our house is just down the street from the elementary school in our town, and my office window faces that direction, and I can hear the bells chiming at the start, end, and change of period.
Have you ever thought about doing this for yourself? Sometimes called the Pomodoro Technique or an egg timer, setting a (legit) timer for yourself to accomplish a certain type of task can help you stay focused and get more done in less time.
I like to pair this concept with a power hour where you set a timer and gang a bunch of like activities together. Checking email, writing LinkedIn profiles, or applying to jobs – group together tasks that take similar brain power, set a timer, and power through!
6. Think about how you communicate.
School gave us chances to learn how to communicate with peers, people in positions of authority, and maybe even those we mentor and play with from a team perspective.
Understanding how you communicate can help you identify blind spots where you may not have kept up with communication skills as much as you may like.
Take stock of the different types of communication we use every day – verbal, written, formal, informal; speeches and presentations, social media, LinkedIn networking – what is one strength and one area for improvement?
Use these to your advantage!
7. Support communicative cultures
Building on number 6, above, I’ll suggest that you use those communication strengths to improve the culture in which you work.
This week’s episode of No More Mondays features employment attorney and HR pro, Scott Warrick, who is passionate about improving workplace culture to boost individual mental health.
Workplace psychology is a more critical element in society than ever today, and you, your colleagues, your boss, and your executives should be tuned into this topic – and this episode.
Your Friend and Coach,