Winter is a tough time of year to keep things fresh. It’s cold, the days are shorter, and if you live up north, there’s snow. You may be bundling up and staying inside more often – I know we certainly are in New Hampshire. With all of this chill, it can be even trickier than usual to get a strong start on Monday mornings. That’s why we’ve created a list to help combat those winter blues and help you have a more productive, happier week.
- Plan ahead: Fridays are the best time to plan your to-do list for Monday. Everything is fresh on your mind: all of the incomplete tasks, the upcoming appointments, and the errands you’ll need to run.
Every Friday, write a list of things you need to do when you get back into work on Monday morning. It’ll keep you less stressed and more organized on the first day back in the office.
- Treat yourself: For those Monday blues, plan to eat lunch at your favorite spot, or maybe pick up your favorite coffee on your way in. Pack your favorite snack. Take a walk somewhere at lunch; take the scenic way to the office. Find a way to vary the rhythm of your day so it feels fresh and exciting. This causes a more positive outlook, which sets you up for success.
- Make a winter bucket list: There are plenty of activities that are great to do in the winter time like ice skating, traveling, or trying a new restaurant. Look for recommendations from coworkers or do some research. What are the best restaurants in nearby towns? Are there places you haven’t tried in your current town? Ice castles and escape rooms are popular trends right now, or fall back on winter classics like ice skating or movies.
Keep a list! That way you always have an idea of something to do on the weekends. It’ll make your Mondays easier when you have an upcoming event on the weekend and it’ll certainly help defeat those winter blues.
These tips will help crush those winter Monday blues and set you up for a successful, happy week. Do you have any other tips or tricks for getting rid of the blues?