Happy New Week!

I have a confession to make.

I don't hate Mondays.

I understand the concept of hating Mondays, but I don't actively bemoan having to rise and shine on Monday morning for one simple reason:

I don't dread going to work.

Now, I'll add the caveat that I *used* to dread going to work. When work was... well, work. Whether it was office work, restaurant work, or even my work-from-home sales job, I definitely developed a "case of the Mondays" on occasion.

This Monday in particular I was STRESSED. Remember! Stress can be good or bad. Coming off Thanksgiving and family visits (Thursday & Friday), and then a huge football party on Saturday left me with an autoimmune flareup and tension headaches so bad, I could've cried. By Sunday I was *ded* (intentionally misspelled) and I was sure I'd wake up and greet Monday with a meek whimper rather than a feral cry.

Then today... I owned it.

  • I not only decided I was going to write 2 1/2 times MORE words as I have been into my manuscript, I also decided I'd finish it in four days. Day one of four: CHECK!
  • A friend contacted me about Lemmony Design work next, and I carved out time to design a graphic for her, which was fun and challenging at the same time.
  • I reviewed my planner and my "Things to Do" list and poured a glass of wine an hour before quitting time.

It was glorious.

I don't tell you all this to brag. I want you to approach Mondays with a Happy New Week! mentality, too.

Here are some tips to start your week with the right attitude.

1. Set aside time today to do something you love. Draw, write, paint, cook? Whatever feels like a reward for doing the hard task. Just because it's work to someone else doesn't mean it has to feel like work for you. This blog is one of my rewards for the day!

2. Create a Sunday night ritual. Whether it's filling in a gratitude journal (loving mine by Erin Condren: link to save $10 for first timers), closing my eyes for a quick meditation (love Kris Carr for this), or enjoying the husband's homemade beer while watching the Walking Dead, I try and take time Sunday evening to unwind, relax, and reflect. The gratitude journal is a new habit (three days in!) but I have to say, I'm loving it. It takes less than five minutes and I like falling asleep to those positive thoughts.

3. Be intentional about your life. Planners are great, but what are you putting in yours? Lately I've noticed mine's been filled with massive to-do lists that overwhelm me and drain my energy. Um. Why??? Lucky for me it's nearing the end of the year and it's time to evaluate what's working/what isn't. The last two years I participated in a planning/goal setting workshop but this year I'm changing it up. I'm digging into Your Best Year Yet by Lauren Layne, a 2017 reflection/2018 planning workbook. In the workbook, LL walks you through step-by-step how to design your life.

It doesn't matter if you vow to take five minutes, one hour, or three days to make an effort toward making Mondays more palatable, just DO IT.

Remember:

If you don't plan your life, someone else will plan it for you.

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~Jessica Lemmon