If you’re anything like I used to be you are already dreading Monday and it’s only Friday. I now look forward to them and know that it is an opportunity to have an amazing week. I know firsthand there is nothing that can beat the weekends, sitting at home with your friends or family, going out with girls or just having a nice relaxing weekend away. So, make more of it! Don’t save your ‘me’ time or fun time just for the weekends. Even if it is 10 minutes a day, do something that makes you feel good. Monday can be pretty amazing, a chance for a fresh new week, a new start. A chance to decide what you think needs to get done and in what order. YOU DECIDE.
On Sunday, I ask myself empowering questions so that I wake up Monday excited. You can come up with your own questions, but here are a few to help get you started:
What amazing things are going to happen this week? How much closer am I going to achieving my dream, my goals?
Who will I meet this week that will brighten my world? Who can I help this week?
Asking empowering questions can get you excited for the new week! Excitement breeds productivity, which then gives your Monday a whole new meaning.
Your 4 Step Action Plan for Motivating Your Monday
1. Don’t live for the weekends.
Studies show that if you live for Saturday and Sunday you have lower energy and motivation throughout the week. Plan some fun activities during the week. Planning something midweek can give you something to look forward to. Spread out joy for those other days that end in Y!
2. Fill in your calendar.
If you know what you already need to tackle on Monday AM, you free up so much time. You allow yourself a stress-free morning, where you don’t have to worry on what needs to get done.
3. Stay off the phone!
When we first wake up in the morning we are in a sensitive state. What we do in the first five minutes of our day can affect our whole day and sometimes even our entire week! What happens when we fill our first moments of waking up with the noise of the outside world? The rest of the world decides how our day is going to take shape. I once received the best advice on how to change my morning routine, it was simply “do not check your emails before 10am”. I realize this may or may not be easy for everyone but if this is something you can’t do, then it is even more important to create space for yourself and reflect in the morning before making any moves.
Get your body moving! Stretching increases your blood flow. Blood flow increases your concentration and sharpness. Many experts suggest that stretching in the morning helps support your energy throughout the entire day.
Life is too short not to be happy. Choose to love yourself everyday and be the happiest person you know. How do you become the happiest person you know? Start with being grateful.
Sarah Pendrick is a self-love advocate, model turned speaker and empowerment influencer with her Master’s in Psychology. Her mission in life is all about helping people and spreading empowerment through her non-profit, events and programs. She’s passionate about adventure, connection and TFK’s Gluten Free pizza. Follow her on Instagram: @GirlTalkNetwork