It’s All Sunday’s Fault!
Monday is a drag.
But Monday sets the tone for the week. How we manage Monday quite frankly determines if we will get things done and reach our goals for the rest of the week, or if we will struggle towards attaining success.
So how can we stop Monday from being manic?
Honestly, Monday really isn’t the problem; it’s actually managing the transition of going from Sunday to Monday, or relaxed mode to work mode, that’s the challenge.
Bottom line? Monday gets a bad wrap, while Sunday gets away with murder! It’s really all Sunday’s fault! But not to worry. All can be easily overcome.
So what’s does Sunday got to do with it?
Many people view Sunday as ‘sacred.’ Regardless of your “thing,” whether it’s staying in your pajamas and watching the lifetime movie channel, watching your favorite political talking heads beat each other up, going to church, having a big family dinner, watching your kids play sports, or getting together with friends for football, next to Friday, Sunday has become the day of the week we most look forward to. So, it’s really not surprising that transitioning back to the daily grind is probably the most dreaded aspect of the week.
Who really,wants to go from PJ’s and football, to alarm clocks, rush hour traffic and the boss?
Not me! And I’m betting, not many!
But, if you’re not prepared for Monday and the week ahead, it just makes the entire transition feel even worse! Unless you’re in control of the Sunday/Monday transition, Monday could wreak havoc on your game!
If it’s Monday morning and,
the kids overslept…
there’s nothing to make for lunch…
and the suit you planned to wear for the big meeting is still at the dry cleaner…
you have no idea what’s on your calendar either during, or beyond the work day …
…your week probably isn’t going to start off on the highest note.
If your Monday’s are manic, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can turn things around, have a smooth start to the beginning of every week, get organized and in control without sacrificing all the things you’ve come to love about Sunday and the weekend.
Once you’ve stop fighting the stress and the irritation that comes by not being ready for Monday morning, you might even start to like Mondays! (OK, maybe I’m pushing it!)
Ready to get started?
All you have to do is get in the habit of creating a “weekly plan” by setting aside aproximately 1-2 hours preparing for the week ahead. Yep, that’s really all it takes! I prefer to take on this task Sunday morning before anyone even wakes up; however this can of course be done at any time over the weekend.
Create a Basic Meal Plan: Using the family calendar of activities, create a basic family meal plan of chicken on Monday, soup on Tuesday, etc. You’ll be able to defrost things ahead of time and plan specific meals based on time constraints and activities according to certain days of the week. Bonus: If the meal plan is on the calendar, and the items are defrosted, any family member can get dinner started; it doesn’t always have to be you!
Assess Weekly Lunch Item Needs: There’s nothing more annoying than having to run to the grocery store every 5 minutes. By trying to anticipate everything you will need during the next 5 days, you can hopefully avoid the time and inconvenience of an extra trip.
Check in with Family Members for Last Minute Needs: I.e. school items, personal hygiene, permission slips signed, etc. It’s the last minute requests that always throw our schedule’s out of kilter. “Oh by the way, Mom, I need blah blah blah for blah blah blah.” Nip that in the bud by also getting kids (and significant other) in the habit of thinking ahead and anticipating needs.
Create Your Shopping List: (Utilize Cozi’s Online organizer with built in shopping lists and a calendar that will help all family members do their part.) With one password for the entire family, you can keep a running shopping list and your kids/spouse can also add items through Cozi. See Go Get Organized post all about Cozi.
Sunday Shopping: Sneak out to do the week’s shopping early Sunday morning before anyone else is awake. This can of course be done at anytime during the weekend, but there’s something special about being at the grocery store before anyone else on Sunday morning! It’s one of my favorite times to shop.
Assess Laundry Needs and Requests: This will hopefully prevent crazed running around at the last minute looking for that blue top or certain pair of jeans. Oh, and also make sure all dry cleaning is picked up and dropped off! Also, setting out the next day’s attire the night before, including accessories and shoes, not only saves time but ensures all items are on hand. (I don’t know about your house, but in this house dogs have been known to steal shoes, and things are always missing when you really need them!)
Important Sunday Night Prep: Before you turn in on Sunday night, make sure alarm clocks are set, backpacks and briefcases are packed, and lunches are made.
Many of these tips are pretty simple; no rocket science involved! Sometimes just reminding ourselves of the little things we can do to make our lives easier is all we really need. I hope your next Sunday/Monday transition rocks!