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5 Ways to Make Monday Feel Less Like Monday (Even After Holiday)

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Monday can be a challenge. I don’t know if there’s statistic on this thing but it seems it’s always more likely to rain on Monday. Especially if Monday comes after a week of vacation. Today I wanted to share some of the tips to how to make Monday feel less like Monday.

1. Schedule Fun

Make Monday feel like extended weekend by scheduling something fun for every Monday. It can be a coffee meeting with a friends, movie night or a favourite hobby.

For me it’s Jazz-dance lesson. It’s a perfect sport since it’s not only good for the body but also for the mind. During the lesson I cannot concentrate on anything else than the choreography. The moment my mind wonders to to-do-list-at-work I forget the next move. So it’s very mindful time for me.

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Digital blind contour drawing // Elli Maanpää 2018

2. Keep It Short

Try to keep Monday the shortest day at work so that you’re energized for the rest of the of the week. Maybe you can take a longer lunch break or leave little early? Again my dance-lesson is my saviour. It starts at 4.10pm so it means I need to stop working around 3.30pm. It might sound a short work-day but I promise brief and motivated is way better than long and dragging.

3. Plan Your Week

Monday is a perfect day to plan ahead your week. I’m one of those people that feel less stressed if I have my to-do-lists on paper. If you’re like me, I highly recommend doing bullet journaling and weekly planning. It has saved my life since I’m able to be productive in a more focused and stress free -way.

Then again if lists stress you out even more, please skip this step.

monday motivation - blind contour - Elli Maanpää

Digital blind contour drawing // Elli Maanpää 2018

4. Pamper Yourself

Every Monday is different so always stay tuned to yourself and what you need that day to feel great. Wear your favourite clothes. Have a morning coffee in Cafe instead of home. Take power nap after work. Go for a walk in the nearby park. Give compliments to yourself and colleagues. It’s also just as fine to enjoy glass of wine on Monday as it is on Friday.

5. Do What You Love & Love What You Do

Even though Monday can be tough it can also feel the most exciting day of the week. Even if you don’t love everything about your work/school there is for sure something you can look forward to: the work community, feeling of purpose or the salary? Concentrate on the positive and maybe Monday turns out marvellous after all.

And if not, after Monday it’s only four more days to the weekend.