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  Ugh, Mondays. Just the word can make you groan, right? But what if you could turn those Monday blues into a springboard for an awesome week? It’s all about starting strong! Here are 5 easy things you can do on Monday to set yourself up for success.
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  1. Plan It Out

Imagine your week is a big adventure. To have the best adventure, you need a plan, right? So, grab a planner, notebook, or even your phone and write down everything you need to accomplish this week. Work tasks, errands, appointments, dentist visits you’ve been putting off – get it all on paper. Once you see it all laid out, it won’t seem so overwhelming. Break down big tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. Feeling organized will give you a sense of control and calm.
  1. Tackle the Toughest Stuff First

We all have those tasks that loom over us like a dark cloud.  Maybe it’s a presentation you need to prepare or a difficult conversation you’ve been dreading.  Here’s the trick: get them out of the way first thing on Monday!  Taking care of those tough jobs early will give you a huge sense of accomplishment and free up your mind to focus on the easier stuff later. Plus, the rest of your week will seem like a breeze compared to conquering those mountains first thing!
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  1. Set Small Wins

Don’t just focus on the big goals – celebrate the small wins too!  Maybe you want to get back into the habit of exercising. Even a 20-minute walk on Monday is a win!  Did you finally return those pesky library books?  Another win!  Acknowledging these small achievements will keep you motivated and moving forward throughout the week.
  1. Make Monday Magnificent

Do something kind for yourself on Monday.  Maybe it’s packing a delicious lunch instead of grabbing fast food.  Perhaps it’s wearing your favourite outfit that makes you feel confident.  Or maybe it’s simply taking a few minutes to meditate or listen to some upbeat music.  Starting your week with a little self-care will set a positive tone and boost your mood.
  1. Prime Your Surroundings

Your environment can affect your mood. So, take a few minutes on Monday to tidy up your workspace or declutter your home.  A clean and organized space can help you feel more focused and productive.  Let some fresh air and sunshine in, or light a scented candle if that helps you feel good.  Creating a positive and inspiring environment will set you up for a successful week.
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Final Thoughts

A successful week starts with a successful Monday. By following these simple tips, you can turn your Mondays into Mondays you can look forward to!  Now go out there and conquer your week!
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This article was first published on 8th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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