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How to Mentally Prepare Yourself For a New Week

Do you ever get the feeling that Monday is out to get you? After two days of brunching, meeting up with friends and basically doing whatever you want, suddenly you have to wake up early and do things.

The pain of Monday is only worsened by how it often begins: rushing around trying to find your left shoe, eating a hastily slapped-together breakfast before running for the tram and realising, with horror, you have a hectic week of assignments and meetings ahead of you.

Wouldn’t it be so much nicer, you think as you gulp your coffee, to start Monday feeling like you’ve got it all together?

While getting your physical stuff sorted (like washing your clothes and packing your bag) totally helps, the big difference to how prepared you feel for the week is whether you’ve got your head sorted.

So here's what you can do on a Sunday night to help you love (or at least like) Monday's.

Braindump Everything

As you go through your week, a swirling mass of things to do, ideas, conversations, reminders and more builds up in your head. By Sunday night you’re probably trying to remember half the things you forgot to do during the week, while also mentally adding to the list with everything for the week ahead.

Give yourself some clarity and get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page. Find ten minutes after dinner and write down everything that comes to mind: tasks, reminders, ideas, random thoughts, all the things that you’ve been trying to remember.

Prioritise All The Things

We know you want to be productive and #getshitdone. But there’s only so much you can possibly do in one week and still maintain your sanity.

Take a look at what you want to get done then pick 25% of those tasks to focus on. If it’s a long list, then focus on even less - say 10%. Even at your most productive, you’re not going to get everything done, and trying will either burn you out or make you feel bad when you don’t (or both).

If it makes you feel better, create a Don’t list: a list of everything you’ve decided not to worry about. It’s weird, but it actually feels really freeing to choose not to do something - whether that’s going to friend-of-a-friend-who-I-met-once-but-not-really’s birthday party, calling back your old gym to complete a survey, or cleaning out the bottom drawer in your kitchen.

Schedule Your Week

Scheduling your week allows you to mentally prepare for what’s happening and identify days when you might need to cut back or change your routine (ie, get up earlier). If some days are going to be super-crazy, you’ll know ahead of time and can balance that out with some more cruisy days. This also lets you warn others (like a flatmate or partner) that you have a busy week ahead (and might mean they’ll cut you some slack when the washing stacks up for two days).

Make sure you also have some down time, and of course make time to exercise and take care of yourself.

Have Some Downtime

If your weekend has been go-go-go you might not have actually had time to sit back and put your feet up. If that’s the case, take some time out now to watch a funny series on Netflix or taking a bath (with the fancy bath oil). A bit of unwinding before the week starts will help your brain be ready when it all starts again on Monday.

And of course, make sure you get to bed early.

What do you do on Sunday night to get prepped for Monday? Let us know your routine in the comments below.

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