We’ve all come down with a case of the Monday blues. This doesn’t mean you’re depressed. It just means your body has coasted in from the weekend, maybe with the best intentions, but your mind is still stuck in neutral. That typically leads to a sluggish and unproductive first day of the workweek.
But just because the Monday blues are common doesn’t mean they need to become the norm. It’s actually pretty easy to turn the first day of the week into one of the most meaningful—and productive! You just need to put some new habits in place.
Here are four things you can do to make the most of your Mondays from now on.
1. Prepare for Monday in advance.
Luke 14:28 emphasizes the importance of planning before taking action. That verse talks about building a tower, but the concept applies to so many other areas of our lives. To start your week strong, make a list on Friday of all the things you want to accomplish on the following Monday. But don’t put too much on the list. If you try to tackle your Monday to-do list at 90 miles per hour because you made it longer than the Constitution, you’re just begging to burn out—and then fall behind.
2. Practice the Sabbath on Sunday.
Is it really any surprise God called us to rest on Sunday? He knew what the Monday blues would be like. In Mark 2:27, Jesus told us that the Sabbath was made for us. When you make a plan to rest on Sunday—and you stick to it—you get the chance to clear your head, reset your priorities, and enjoy a very real, deep rest. It’s good for you spiritually, physically and emotionally.
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3. Practice good time management skills.
Social media, search-engine rabbit holes, and chatty coworkers can drain your time in the blink of an eye. While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break here and there, it’s easy to let your whole day slip away before you even realize it. To avoid this black hole, divide your day up into hours and give yourself a smaller to-do list for each time slot. This will help you stay focused, especially if you have a long task list or noisy coworkers.
4. Write down your accomplishments at the end of the day.
It’s easy to get tunnel vision and see only what’s left to do—all the while completely ignoring how much you actually got done. But when you take time to write down everything you completed, you get inspired to keep the momentum going. You can do this every day, but making it a part of your Monday routine will energize you for the rest of the workweek!
It’s just as important to steward our time as it is to steward our relationships and our finances. You don’t have to keep living in “Manic Monday” mode. And if you try to, you’re probably going to crash eventually. Put these four tips into practice and watch them make a difference in your Monday routine—not to mention the rest of your week!