How to Not Dread Going Back to Work on Monday

Most of the time, I try and live my Saturdays and Sundays with a simple but effective motto: It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby I’m about to have me some fun!!! (Thanks to R. Kelly for giving the world that gem.) But then Sunday evening rolls around and the mild panic sets in – OH MY GOSH I HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK TOMORROW DON’T MAKE ME!!!! Maybe some of you are lucky and LOVE going to work on Mondays…. good for you. This post is not for you. You can return to your previously-scheduled weekend which you probably spend daydreaming about being at the office typing up work emails. But for the rest of you, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’ve really been trying to get better and change my mindset, so I don’t get sad or overwhelmed for the last few hours of my weekend, and I’ve been trying to do things that will not only make the start to my week a lot easier, but even make me look forward to a fresh work week. I’ve made a little list (shock, I know) of what I do to try and not dread going back in to work on Mondays, and maybe you will find some of these things helpful, too! (Yes, they’re all pretty common sense solutions, but sometimes it helps to see something written down, right?)

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Pack lunches for the week. I always find that my week starts out smoothly when I have my lunches already made and ready to grab and go. That way I don’t have to rush around in the morning trying to make a salad or feel bad that I didn’t make anything at all and now I’ll have to spend a ton of money buying lunch (which is not cheap downtown!!)

Prep all your outfits for the week. Seriously, this is a HUGE one for me. I have all of my outfits completely ready to go, ironed, accessorized, and hanging in my closet. That way I don’t have to spend 15 minutes searching through my closet for that one top I could swear I just washed when in reality it’s still in the dryer and is now all wrinkly. This is a huge lifesaver if you accidentally oversleep (guilty of that on occasion) so you can slap on some clothes and run out the door super fast.

Mentally think about your week and what you need to get done. It always helps me to kind of think about all the stuff I want to get done during the week and mentally prepare for it. There’s nothing worse than showing up to the office all carefree and then getting immediately stressed out about all the junk you have to do. BUT it’s a fine line, because you don’t want to think about it TOO much and stress yourself out right before you go to sleep… I use this time to make a list of the major things I want to get done the next day, so it’s written down and out o f

Pick a fun new desktop background to make you smile. Nothing gets me pumped like seeing a new fun screen in front of me. Knowing that I get to change my desktop gives me something to look forward to on Monday morning, as silly as that might seem. (I have found and shared a lot of fun desktop backgrounds over the years, check them out here, here, here, here, and here.)

Shower and do you hair the night before. I always tell myself “nah, I’ll totally be able to wake up early enough to wash and dry and straighten my hair in the morning, I can just watch another episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix instead!” and then I wake up late or I hit snooze 18 times or something happens that I only have enough time to wash my hair and throw it up into the now classic “Kelly wet messy bun” look that I rock most days of the week. Don’t be like Kelly. Do your hair the night before.

Make a good ‘wind down’ routine. One thing I am pretty good at is sticking to a fun ‘wind down’ routine on Sunday nights. You can find whatever works for you, but I like to do a face mask, read a few chapters of whatever book I currently have open, and then drink a mug of sleepytime tea.

Schedule time for a Monday treat. And make it something fun! Maybe that’s getting good coffee on your way in, getting an afternoon pick me up from your favorite bakery, scheduling your favorite workout class after work, whatever you want. Monday treats don’t even have to cost money – mine is usually that I set an appointment to ensure that I’ll be able to eat lunch with all of my work buddies. Sometimes meetings come up or I get  busy, but I really like knowing that on Monday I can sit in our cafeteria and catch up with some of my favorite people.

And that’s what I’ve come up with so far. 🙂 Once I started to be more mindful of it and have actively been trying to prepare for the week ahead, I’ve noticed that Monday morning is a little bit easier to deal with. I’ve still got some more work to do in this area (I just don’t like washing my hair at night, even though I KNOW it will make my life easier!!) but at least I’m heading in the right direction! What do you do at the end of your weekend to help yourself get ready for the upcoming week?

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