Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day

by Betty Lochner on November 7, 2010


Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.  Monday Monday, sometime it just turns out that way. Oh Monday, morning you gave me no warning of what was to be. – The Mamas and the Papas.

Do you often dread Mondays?  Can you trust it to go well? Making a few small changes in how you handle your Mondays can set the tone for a productive and less stressful week. Here are some ideas for getting your week off to a great start!

10 Tips to making your Monday work better for you

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

I know you’ve heard this one before, but it really works. Make a promise to yourself to get at least 8 hours of sleep Sunday night and set your alarm 1 hour before you need to be in bed to make that happen.

2. Allow plenty of time to get to where you need to be.

Setting your alarm clock just an extra 15 minutes earlier can make a huge different in setting the tone for your day by not being rushed or getting to work late. 

3. Be nice.

Just doing this one tip will radically change how your day goes. Say hello to every one you pass. Smile. Be helpful. Say please and thank you. And, tell someone that you appreciate them! 

4.Take regular breaks.

Studies show that taking a break boosts your retention level.  You will be more productive if you take several 10 minute breaks, rather than 1 or 2 longer ones. Getting up and moving also helps your blood circulation and will revive your energy level.

5. Go outside at least once during the day.

The fresh air and activity is good for your focus, mood, and retention of information. If possible take a walk and stretch your legs.

6. Eat snacks.

Don’t let yourself get hungry. It lowers your blood sugar and sets you up for being cranky. Try to stay away from sugary snacks and go for protein. Bring in some cheese sticks, peanut butter and crackers, almonds or other healthy snacks to have on hand.

7. Do the difficult stuff first.

Knock off the things you’ve been dreading or putting off first. Get them out of the way and see how good it makes you feel. You’ll find it will give you a welcome boost of energy and a feeling of accomplishment.

8. Let yourself stay ignorant of things you don’t need to know.

Avoid the temptation to need to know every thing that is going on around you. Do you really want to know? Stay blissfully ignorant.

9. Don’t get distracted by technology.

To get what you need to get done, turn off your email, your phone and figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology can be a huge time suck if you don’t pay attention.

10. Have fun.

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Remember, work is work. It’s not your life.

What else do you do to make your Monday a great day?


Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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1 Kimberly November 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

I’m one of those weird people who dreads Sunday evenings, but loves Monday mornings! I don’t like that my weekend is ending (which I’m certain I share this with everyone), but Monday represents a new beginning and I’m excited to start fresh again. We can start fresh on a daily basis, but Mondays, the 1st of the month, the new year, my birthday – those are the starting points in my head, where I can leave the past behind and start anew. I love that feeling. So you’ll find me on a bubbly, happy high most Mondays.

2 Diane November 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Since I don’t have a regular work week I don’t worry about Mondays. But these are great tips for that next day that looks like it is going to be a bear or when I just don’t feel like working. Thanks

3 Norma Maxwell November 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Hi Betty – great advice. I like ‘do the difficult things first’ because that is definitely something I tend to push off and if I can get myself to just get those things over with, I know I’ll be so glad I did 🙂 Cheers ~Norma

4 Christine Morris November 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Betty! I really enjoyed that post. I try to keep my Mondays free so that I can manage the extra stress Monday brings!

5 Theresa Sheridan November 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I try not to let Mondays be different from any other day, but every now and again something will happen to tell me otherwise! Thanks for the tips, I particularly like #6 – I’m a grazer!

6 Sharon Larson November 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Great advice, Betty. Imagine what a week could be like if we followed these suggestions every day beyond Monday! I especially like the idea to remain “blissfully ignorant.” I do that quite well. 🙂 Perhaps that’s the reason for my positive outlook on each day.

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