“It’s Monday again?! Where did the weekend go?”
After a restful and great weekend of no paperwork, deadlines, and bosses to stress you out, everyone goes back to reality come Sunday night to face another work week; and it all of course starts with Monday, the most hated day of them all. If you dread waking up early every Monday and your mind’s somewhere else while you’re at work, you’re not alone. You’re part of the big population in the world who has the “Monday Blues.”
Monday mornings has become the worst enemy of most people, but successful people see it as another opportunity to reach their goals. They have found a way to beat the Monday Blues and turn all those negativity into positive emotions for a productive start of the week. Read on to find out what successful people do different to beat the Monday Blues.
How Do Successful People Beat Monday Morning Blues
1. They Start Their Day Early
What do Mozart, Barack Obama, Georgia O’Keefe, Benjamin Franklin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and David Karp have in common? They’re all part of the Early Risers Club. Successful people cherish their mornings and they dedicate a lot of their success to their daily morning routine. A study suggests that compared to night owls, “morning people aren’t chipper just as the sun is coming up; they are happier and more satisfied with life overall.”
Ernest Hemingway sees his mornings as a way to avoid interruption. He describes his writing ritual as starting just as the sun began rising. He wrote, “There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.” He works straight through until whatever he has to say has been said.
2. They Make Time to Exercise
What’s so fascinating about successful people is that despite their busy schedules, they find time for their daily exercise. “If they make time to exercise, it must be important”, says Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.
More than 70% of the top executives exercise every morning. Regular exercise helps to wake up your mind and body to prep you for a busy and productive day. Whether it’s an hour of jogging/running or morning yoga, working out to start your day will help you to think better and make you feel less tired.
Former Starbucks executive and now Chief Customer Officer of Kohl’s, Michelle Gass, has consistently woken up at 4:30 in the morning to go running. She believes that this daily morning routine has helped her boost her happiness and business success.
The infamous Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, wakes up every morning at 5:45 to play an hour of tennis. After getting her adrenaline pumping, the next on her to-do list is having her hair styled to get her signature bob. By 9 AM, she’s already in the office.
3. They Don’t Skip a Healthy Breakfast and Quality Time with Family
Incredibly busy executives don’t just rush out of the door with a cup of coffee in hand and an empty stomach. Waking up really early has its perks, and that includes having enough time to enjoy a hearty breakfast at home.
Aside from fueling your body and keeping your mind focused on what’s important and not your growling stomach, sitting down for a healthy breakfast will also give you time for a quality family bonding. You can also squeeze in your daily readings to get yourself updated on the latest headlines while you’re sipping on that coffee.
US President Barack Obama has two important elements in his daily rituals, fitness and family. After working out at 6:45 AM, he reads newspapers and eats breakfast with the first family. He starts his work day just before 9 AM and works as late as 10 PM in some evenings but always finds time to have dinner with his family.
4. They Review and Plan Their Goals
Successful people see Monday mornings as a fresh start. It’s the best time to plan out the day, week, or month ahead to manage their time, keep their eye on the prize, and evaluate if they’re on the right track.
Steve Jobs spent his mornings re-evaluating his goals. In his speech to a graduating class at Stanford, he said, “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
5. They Prioritize the Least Desirable Task for the Day/Week
Brian Tracy’s classic time-management book Eat That Frog, got its titles from a Mark Twain quote that says, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Work on the tough tasks first then work on the easier ones.
Most people overlook the positive side of Monday mornings, which is that it’s the perfect time to work on the least desirable but critical tasks. Starting your Monday mornings with exercise and a healthy breakfast makes your energy levels higher; you are more conditioned to tackle the toughest challenges. With the difficult tasks ticked off your to-do list first thing in the morning or in the week, you’ll be able to free yourself from a week-long procrastination and stress, giving you more time to work on the tasks that you actually like doing.