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Monday, April 20, 2009

Getting your week off on the right foot

Those dreaded Monday blues. The beginning of the week is very important because it will determine that outcome for the rest the week. If we start our Monday off poorly, the rest of the week seems to file suit and spiral downward. While starting off on the right foot will make your week feel like coasting downhill.

I know, I know. Monday’s are full of challenges –fighting traffic, getting the kids ready for school, missing the freedom of your weekend, dealing with coworkers, etc., etc., etc. but don’t go crawling back into bed and hide under the covers yet. There is hope for you. There are many things that you can do in order to start your week off on the right foot.

Here’s a list of things that I do in order to get my week off right.

List of five – On Sunday night, write down a list of your five most important activities or tasks for the upcoming week. Pick the five things that will have the hugest impact on your job, family, and well being. When we focus on the important over the trivial, we tend to live the week with a higher sense of purpose and enthusiasm.

Get the blood flowing – Getting a small amount of exercise ~ five to ten minutes ~ in the morning will get your blood flowing and pump oxygen to your brain so that you are more ready for the day.

Eat a good breakfast – Eating a breakfast in the morning with the right mixture of carbohydrates and proteins will help energize your body.

Meditate – Taking a few minutes to meditate in the morning can clear your mind for the week ahead. When I used to work for a corporation my first fifteen minute break at 10:00 I would meditate for five minutes. You can do this by going out to your car and if you feel foolish remember that most people looking at you will think that you’re just sleeping.

Something exciting for Monday evening – Make an appointment for yourself to do something real exciting after work to look forward too. With this objective in mind, you will work with higher level of motivation and more energetically to get out of work on time.

Spend time with a pet – Spending time with a pet can lower your heart rate and relax your spirit for the upcoming week. I find walking my dogs puts me in a relaxed and motivated state of mind. This will not only satisfy the exercise requirements stated above, but will also provide time with my pets.

Attitude determines aptitude
– After a great weekend, sometimes our attitude on Monday’s suffers from our self defeating thoughts. Turn your self defeats in thoughts around by giving yourself a pep talk. Start by asking yourself the right questions. What am I excited about today? How can I make this a great day? What are the most important things I can do today?

Listen to something upbeat – On the drive to work is a great time to get yourself in the right state of mind. Instead of getting too invested in the traffic for the day, think of it as an opportunity to enjoy some time to yourself. Take the time to listen to your favorite upbeat music, enjoy a funny morning radio show, start your own auto university by listening to motivational audio books, or any other car activity that puts you in a positive frame of mind.

Give a friendly hello
– Give everyone you see a friendly and animated hello. Once you get to work, don’t walk around with a chip on your shoulder or with a zombie like stare. Instead, be friendly and cordial to all of your coworkers. Replay all of the positive highlights from your weekend and ask them to tell you about theirs. Friendly conversation always seems to inject your day with some positive energy.

With a little time and energy, you too can have the best week of your life.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

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